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|Quote (carlsonjok @ April 27 2011,13:29)|
Part of the problem I see here, SD, is conflation between accommodating the demands of creationists (of any stripe) with accommodating the religious sensibilities of the vast majority of people in order to better convey to them the message of sound science and science education. The two are not the same thing, but seem to be treated as such by certain noisy cohorts.
I wouldn't say these two views are being conflated. I would say that they are basically the same.
I don't agree. You don't treat the Presbyterian that lives next door, who isn't immersed in the controversy but has questions about it, the same way you treat Casey Luskin. Luskin deserves every bit of the derision directed at him. Pull that with Bob at the neighborhood block party and you can be sure that he won't listen to another word you say, no matter how scientifically correct it is.
True story: I was once at a horse show with my wife and another couple. A young lady arrived with her boyfriend in tow, and parked her trailer next to ours. This was during football (real football, not that pansy shit they play in Yurrup) season, and the boyfriend was clearly not happy about being there and was generally rude to the young lady. One of my friends went over and gave him the following advice: Don't make her choose between you and her horses, because she isn't going to choose you. I think that is advice that fits many situations.
For better or worse (YMMV), religion isn't going away. If you wish to moot the influence of the creationists on science education, you need to bring religious believers into the pro-science camp. You aren't going to do that by mocking their beliefs, no matter how worthy of mocking those beliefs may be. To even get them to the place where they are open to information regarding sound science, they need to understand that they don't have to choose between science and their religion. Their lives have been immersed in religion. Science was something they did for 45 minutes a day in school. Ask them to choose one or the other, and I can pretty much guarantee you won't like their choice.
|NCSE and BCSE shouldn't publicly endorse theological views on science. |
To note the fact that certain Christian denominations are cool with evolution isn't the same as endorsing those particular sects.
It's natural to be curious about our world, but the scientific method is just one theory about how to best understand it. We live in a democracy, which means we should treat every theory equally. - Steven Colbert, I Am America (and So Can You!)