The Republican brand of political parties and the Creationist brand of far right evangelicals have one thing in common. They both believe in advancing their causes by exercising an "end justifies the means" philosophy.
With Karl Rove's Republicans, permanent GOP rule in our federal government was/is the "end" sought after. The goal. It doesn't matter to these Rove Republicans if all offices overseen by the executive branch were organized through illegally hired and fired employees, as we've seen in the Justice Department meltdown and the United States Attorneys' firing scandal. Those illegal actions carried out under the leadership of president Bush, the Younger, were just the "means" to an "end" of permanent Republican rule in America.
The same philosophy of "the end justifies the means" is found in the Intelligent Design movement of the far-right wing evangelical theocons in America.
Example: Louisiana, June 27, 2008
Baton Rouge – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law the Louisiana Science Education Act, ensuring the state’s teachers their right to teach the scientific evidence both for and against Darwinian evolution.
“The bill is a bold statement protecting the freedom of teachers to discuss both the scientific evidence for and against Darwinian evolution and other controversial scientific theories,” said Casey Luskin, an attorney and program officer for public policy and legal affairs at Discovery Institute. “The bill does exactly what it says, which is to allow teachers and school districts to ‘use supplemental textbooks and other instructional materials to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review scientific theories in an objective manner.’”Link
Notice the Orwellian, "Louisiana Science Education Act" title. It reminds me of the Orwellian "Protect America Act".....which was anything but.....passed by scared Congressional bunnies last August.
As with the Rove Republicans who create their own "reality", it doesn't matter to theocons that there is no scientific evidence against Darwinian evolution, or that any "controversies" over global warming and cloning have nothing to do with the science of the subjects. None of that matters to zealous Creationist theocons.....because the goal, the "end" for this group is to negate any scientific public school teachings that they disagree with on the basis of their supernatural religious beliefs. Permanent god-rule in public education.
In the Dover, Pennsylvania Intelligent Design court case a few years back, the theocons were shown the door after the judge chastised theocon "witnesses" for simply lying about their intentions. It was a humiliating loss for those who wanted Jesus to be America's king in science class.
The theocons have regrouped, not taking no, or science, for an answer, and have now embraced a new strategy of getting state legislatures to pass bills favoring religious interference in public school science classes.
According to theocons themselves, here's why the "Louisiana Science Education Act" needed to be passed....
"First, around the country, science teachers are being harassed, intimidated, and sometimes fired for trying to present scientific evidence critical of Darwinian theory along with the evidence that supports it. Second, many school administrators and teachers are fearful or confused about what is legally allowed when teaching about controversial scientific issues like evolution. The Louisiana Science Education Act clarifies what teachers may be allowed to do." Link
Up until this bill was passed, theocon-minded Louisiana teachers couldn't teach against the public school textbooks and curriculum when it came to the science of natural selection. Now they can. Once again, no matter that there is NO credible scientific evidence to present against natural selection. No matter that there there is no controversy over the science of cloning or global warming. The "end"....of attempting to discredit any science that supernaturalistic religion disagrees with.....is justified by the faux "means" of deception.
The deception is in the acceptance by lawmakers that Louisiana teachers have a personal, conscientious, religious right to tell their public school students falsehoods in science class, to muddy the science class waters just enough to allow for religious supernaturalism to slip into public school curriculums.
Just as Karl Rove's Republicans can't be satisfied with respecting rules and laws and the Constitution.....so too, the theocons. It is not enough for theocons to simply teach their own childen in their own private religious schools about their own odd anti-science beliefs. These theocons won't rest until ALL children, in private and public schools, are saved from the evil pernicious teachings of modern science.
Just as Karl Rove's deceptive and lawbreaking brand of politics, channeled by W., have led our country to the brink of self-destruction....so too, the theocons deceptive and illegal anti-science, pro-supernaturalism philosophy will surely help to cripple the public school students of Louisiana.
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