Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Illusion du Jour

Brian Fahling, senior litigation counsel at the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy, is being quoted in the Journal Chrétien as "expressing disappointment over a Georgia school district’s decision to drop its efforts to expose students to the debate surrounding Darwinian evolution." Fahling supposedly wanted the Cobb County board to "stay the course" and fight to keep the stickers.

The stickers stated, in their entirety:

This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.
How such stickers, that expose students to nothing but official disapproval of one, and only one, scientific theory, expose students to any alleged debate is not explained by Mr. Fahling, any more than it was explained by the school board. That, of course, was the problem that led the board to capitulate. But Mr. Fahling goes on to deliver himself of this lovely bit of self-contradiction:

Evolution stands out alone as the only area of science that is absolutely cordoned off from any criticism; there is a great wall around it and they simply do not admit any dissenting voices. [However,] that [wall] is beginning to crumble a little bit, because inside the camp of Darwin, there is tremendous dissent.
Evolution allows no criticism ... except for tremendous dissent.

And you can find that dissent right next to the WMDs, as long as we stay the course while constantly adapting ... or something like that.

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