First off, I know that I’m supposed to be responding to the comments of cmadland and jross before I write more posts, but I couldn’t help myself with this one!

Remember in 2005 when advocates for the Flying Spaghetti Monster played a major role in having Intelligent Design Creationism removed from Kansas public school science classes, just shortly after its introduction? WELL THEY’VE DONE IT AGAIN! This time in Florida.

Davidkc of Daily Kos writes

Efforts were afoot recently on the Polk County School Board (in the Tampa, FL area) to begin teaching the “concept” of intelligent design in science classes as an alternative to evolution, at a time when new state standards mentioning evolution by name for the first time are under consideration. It appeared that this bonehead move had the support of a majority of the school board, but that was before the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster arrived and shamed the school board into backing down.

Apparently up until now “Evolution” has been something akin to “the e-word”. Florida is one of the few states whose board of education science standards do not prescribe the teaching of evolution by name. It’s not surprising that in 2005 the Fordham Institute gave the Florida science standards an F, saying that they were “sorely lacking in content”.

With 5 of the 7 school board members being ID-proponents, and 4 of these 5 wanting ID taught in Biology classes–some wanting evolution left out altogether, the prospect of children being taught the nonscientific abortion that is Intelligent Design Creationism was creating a real stir.

A major source of opposition for this proposal was the devout and righteous congregation of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The FSM faithful has grown substantial since the Church’s inauguration in 2005, and their force was surely felt by the Polk Country School Board.

Polk school board members were clearly caught off-guard by the speed and verocity of the response to their public support for ID/creationism in the classroom, and they quickly backed off any efforts to teach intelligent design. “They’ve made us the laughingstock of the world,” board member Lofton told the Tampa Tribune, in reference to the Pasafarians (sic).

I look forward to hearing the Discovery Institute tell us how this confirms once more that secular science and education has it out for them. And they’ll be right about this, but it’s not personal as I’ve noted before. There just happen to be a lot of people out there that are interested in protecting the Constitution’s stated church-state separation, and moreover, don’t really want their kids lied to about what constitutes science, rationality and honesty in investigation.

Oh, and in case anyone is wondering, the irony of me doing a Ric Flair-esque “WOOOOOO!!!” in describing a creationist defeat was not accidental. For those of you who hadn’t heard, Flair is publicly backing Huckabee for Republican leadership.

  1. Xander Legere says:

    Is there anything a noodle appendage can’t do?

  2. ronbrown says:

    Xander: At first I would have said “Absolutely not!”. But then the question occurred to me “Could a noodly appendage create a meatball so heavy that it could not lift it?”. I then proceeded to fall into fetal position, remaining that way for many hours. To prevent a recurrence of such an episode, I have decided to no longer think about this question and if pressed by someone else, just say that paradoxes like this don’t actually exist in reality, only in the finite mind’s of us mere humans.

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