Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Damn Dirty Apes!

January 18
Science and theology. Two subjects that will not make the highlight reel of our memories as students. Well, there was that time in chemistry when we learned the many a varied uses of hydrogen sulfide. And there was the time good Father McKenzie was visiting our class from the local parish and asked what we thought religion meant. We volunteered that it was the bureaucratized worship of a deity or deities. We got the impression it wasn't the answer he was going for.

Yet, when we read this about the refusal of a judge to allow a sticker to be put on biology textbooks in Cobb County Georgia informing students that evolution was just a theory and not a fact it got us thinking about those poor teachers who were only trying to do their jobs in a difficult situation. We being the primary difficulty.

We seem to remember though, that faith was what enabled us to leap beyond the reality of the natural world, not the cover we used to protect us from it. We also have this memory of someone telling us that science was what explained the natural world in natural ways.

Of course we also spent a lot of time staring at Sally Konkalevski in the hopes she would notice us (Oh what faith we had then!) so we may not have the story straight.

Anyway, in an attempt to bring harmony out of chaos and discord, we suggest that children of Cobb Country parents who prefer that they still believe the Biblical story of creation be instructed to stick their fingers in their ears and go "LALALALALALALA, I can't hear you." whenever the subject of evolution comes up.

In a 5-2 vote, the Cobb County School Board has decided to appeal the Judge's decision requiring the stickers to be removed. When asked how they plan to approach the appeal Board member Curt Johnson said, "I plan to threaten to stick beans up my nose and the rest of the Board will hold their breath until the appeal is granted."

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