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August 21, 2005

I Want Unintelligent Design Taught

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Wisconsin prison officials violated the 1st Amendment when they denied atheist prisoners the right to form a study group:

Atheism is Kaufman’s religion, and the group that he wanted to start was religious in nature even though it expressly rejects a belief in a supreme being...the defendants have not answered Kaufman’s argument that by accommodating some religious views, but not his, they are promoting the favored ones.
So if schools are going to include special codas in biology emphasizing that many believe the evidence of evolution indicates a complexity requiring a divine being, I want the opposite viewpoint taught.

I think it's fine for them to demand it. I just want us atheists represented with our views that the evidence of useless residual adaptations and other evidence of evolution actually shows the lack aof any divine being.

Too often, we are forced to hear that evolution is compatible with monotheistic religion, so if schools are going to accomodate the god-believing religions, they should also accomodate us atheistics with clear explanations in school of why evolution makes fundamentalist religion look so silly.

So hey, let's not block "intelligent design" in schools; let's just demand equal time for clear atheistic interpretations of evolution.

Posted by Nathan at August 21, 2005 07:13 AM