Speaking of the rabid right's war on science and the ongoing march to stupid:
In Sedalia, Missouri a high school marching band had t-shirts printed up that showed the "evolution" of brass instruments from the 1960s to today and they used the evolutionary template of a monkeys evolving into humans to add to the visual punch. It's actually quite clever, especially considering that their playlist is based on the theme "Brass Evolutions".
Well a couple of the parents got a look at the shirt and went apeshit. (I love a good primate pun) They complained about the concept and the school superintendent actually made the students turn in the shirts because "the district is required by law to remain neutral where religion is concerned". One parent said "I don't think evolution should be associated with our school."
That parent, by the way is a teacher in the same district!
So, evolution is now a religion. All hail the great god... uhm.... MonkeyMan and his prophet Charles.
Are you kidding me? These idiots are the ones molding young minds? It's no wonder so many people buy the lies spun by right-wing talk-show hosts and the nuttier politicians (Word to Michelle Bachman.)
I really don't know that there's much else I can add to this story except to say: WTF?
For a somewhat more in-depth response check out noted blogger Phil Plait's take on the story here.
Wow. Just wow.
Pants already has a story book called "Our Family Tree" that teaches evolution. Check out www.charliesplayhouse.com for other cool toys that teach evolution. (PSA over.)ReplyDelete