And speaking of what happens when you leave religion and government alone in a drive-in movie to fool around, among the tit-bits I've been reading about the next GOP-VP candidate there was this:
"Her religious mentors in Alaska are genuine End-of-Days lunatics, and Palin has offered modest endorsement for the view that creationist superstition should be granted equal time in high school science classes."
To which, as a geologist, scientist and former public school science teacher I can only add: "Yowza!!"In fact, the hell with mere "creationism" ("intelligent design", whatever...), I think it's time to add, not just the been-there-done-that-got-the-T-shirt-Jesus-Hebrew-Bible creation myths to the public school curriculum, but the Muslim trope of God creating Man from clots of blood, the Hindu, Buddhist, Shinto, Jain, Zoroastrian, Sikh, Animist, Wiccan and Papuan-Newguinean creation stories as well as the every single Native America creation tale, the sweetbabyjesuswhothehellthoughtTHISstuffup you get from the Book of Mormon and whatever the fuck it is that L. Ron Hubbard believes in, booga booga Xenu space aliens and all.
Now THAT'll be a hell of an answer to question #12 on the federally-mandated science assessment test, you betcha! No Child Left Behind!
And, when you frame it this way, it sounds pretty damn idiotic, doesn't it?