Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Committed Commander-In-Chief (or, should the Commander-In-Chief be committed?)

Did anyone catch this?

In an interview at the White House on Monday with a group of Texas newspaper reporters, Mr. Bush appeared to endorse the push by many of his conservative Christian supporters to give intelligent design equal treatment with the theory of evolution.
Recalling his days as Texas governor, Mr. Bush said in the interview, according to a transcript, "I felt like both sides ought to be properly taught." Asked again by a reporter whether he believed that both sides in the debate between evolution and intelligent design should be taught in the schools, Mr. Bush replied that he did, "so people can understand what the debate is about."
(NY Times)

Good lord. Pun intended. There is no "debate" here. One "theory" is the result of over a century of scientific inquiry. The other is blind faith. These are two different universes. And last time I checked, blind faith was relegated to parochial schools.

Of course, Bush is just nodding to his Christian sycophants. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, considering we've all been witness to such jaw-dropping events as the President's midnight run to "save" Terry Schiavo and destroy separation of powers. But, again, last time I checked (and that was last week, as it was a fundamental part of the bar exam), the 1st Amendment is still alive and kicking. And these most recent remarks put Bush right in the middle of a great big government tangle.

Perhaps the inmates really are running the asylum.


At 10:22 AM, Blogger St. Dickeybird said...

I agree with Bush. He forgot to mention that God's a first-class bowler, which explains the thunderstorm yesterday.

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Noisette said...

Ha! Nice. You must be so glad you don't live amongst people who elected this man.

At 7:34 AM, Blogger St. Dickeybird said...

But we're neighbours. I feel like Ned Flanders sometimes!


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