Oklahoma legislature strikes down "science" bill

http://www.newsok.com/article/3543083

It looks like Oklahoma can do something right. Rep. Sally Kern, one of the most annoying Christian Creationist nincompoops in the state, had authored a bill with vague language about allowing "other" scientific theories to be taught alongside evolution. The bill didn't make it out of committee.

Hey, I'm 100% fine with that, as long as we both agree that a scientific theory unifies observable facts through falsifiable predictions. That would of course completely rule out pseudoscientific garbage like Intelligent Design and the worst of them all, Young Earth Creationism.

I just don't get it. It's exasperating. While science denial does not necessarily go hand-in-hand with Christianity, there's no denying that the two are familiar bedfellows, and have been throughout history. Is it really that threatening to one's identity to acknowledge that our species didn't just spontaneously pop into existence, and instead gradually descended from a long line of biological ancestors? Does that make you seem less human? Less special? Deal with it. It's reality.

"It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring" – Carl Sagan.

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