Tuesday, June 09, 2009



You've probably already heard of Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free by Charles P. Pierce. Who could help but like a book that includes the greatest quote to come out of the anti-evolution coterie, as noted by Stephen Amidon in this review:

The pastor from Pennsylvania put it best. On the eve of a trial to determine the legality of a local school board's decision to teach intelligent design alongside evolutionary theory, the Rev. Ray Mummert, a leader of the anti-Darwin brigade, made national headlines with a statement that cut straight to the heart of America's culture wars. "We've been attacked," he protested, "by the intelligent, educated segment of our culture." In an increasingly divided nation, where one is asked to take sides on every issue from the creation of the universe to the first lady's triceps, it was perhaps inevitable that people should be required to make a stand on the subject of being smart.

It sums up the culture wars just about perfectly.

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