Friday, June 08, 2007

In-His-Image Consultants 

We were deeply gratified to read the results of a recent USA Today poll on young-earth creationism --
[Do you think] Creationism, that is, the idea that God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years, [is]:
Definitely true: 39%
Probably true: 27%
Probably false: 16%
Definitely false: 15%
No opinion: 3%
Total true: 66%
Total false: 31%
-- because it indicated to us that President Bush, whose approval ratings continue to hover in the 28-34% range, has been abandoned by a significant portion -- perhaps even 50%! -- of the fundamentalists, Luddites, snake-handlers, and scientific illiterates whom we would normally consider his natural constituency. Despite the demonstrable fickleness of the willfully dim, there are nonetheless quite a few Republican presidential candidates striving to burnish their credentials with same: Messrs. Huckabee, McCain, and Brownback, to name but three, were only too eager to reject science and endorse creationism at the recent GOP debate. We suspected that our learned colleague P.Z. Myers of Pharyngula might have some interesting things to say on the subject, and Mr. Myers did not disappoint, for he speaks with the passion of the scientist, and the precision of the moralist:
[McCain and Brownback] are so convinced that there's a god that loves them and everyone on the planet, that you'd think they'd be a little more anxious to quit causing him pain by blowing up and shooting and running over and neglecting his beloved Iraqis and cherished GIs and treasured Afghans and esteemed Palestinians and highly regarded Jews and admired Sudanese and all those other loved peoples of the planet. This "belief" of theirs would be a little more plausible if they lived like peace meant something.
SIDEBAR: Ars Technica visits the brand-new Creationist Museum in Petersburg, KY, where many conundrums, both scientific and moral, are handily explained away:
There were posters explaining just how coal could be formed in a few weeks as opposed to over millions of years and how rapidly the Biblical flood would cover the earth, drowning all but a handful of living creatures. The flood plays a big part in the museum's attempt to explain away what we see as millions of years of natural processes. There was also an explanation as to why, with only one progenitor family, it wasn't considered incest for Adam and Eve's children to marry each other. Apparently there was less sin back then, and therefore fewer mutations in their DNA. Evidently sin, not two copies of the same recessive trait, gives rise to congenital birth defects.
Sadly, the instructional videos set in the Garden of Eden are no longer on display. The directors of the museum recently learned that the resume of the actor who played Adam also included a number of rather less Biblical roles at an online site called Bedroom Acrobat, where, we understand, there is nary a fig leaf to be seen.

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