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The Creation of Intelligent Demise

Numerous studies show that the more educated an individual is the less likely he is to believe in a higher being. This makes sense to those of us who are atheists or wavering with agnostic indecision, and this makes sense to those of us who have been fortunate to have a decent education separate from or untainted by religion and its misrepresentations. We understand that as an individual learns more about her surroundings she becomes more comfortable with the fact that science - real science - provides the support needed to prove why certain things happen, have happened or will happen.

Granted, science doesn't have the answer to everything. But that doesn't mean fantasy automatically fills the holes; religion only provides comfort in dealing with the unknown. And until recently we lived in a land that respected its people's right to deal with the unknown how they saw fit, in the privacy of their own homes or places of worship. Admittedly I have no faith and can not identify with those who do, but making a concerted effort to push a particular agenda on people, especially in our educational system, is inexcusable.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2005 the Kansas Board of Education voted 6 to 4 in favor of allowing "intelligent design" to be taught in its school. One member of the Board, Janet Waugh, responded with this, mirroring my own sentiments,

"This is a sad day. We're becoming a laughingstock of not only the nation, but of the world, and I hate that."

Something like this happening in Kansas is expected in this country’s current de-evolutionary climate but thinking about something similar happening in Pennsylvania gives me the willies. This is just another chapter in a long line of moronic decisions made by subsidized people. Almost to perfection the red states of America continue to support smaller government (save homeland security) but draw more and more federal aid than they contribute to the pot. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that these people can't understand this concept. I digress. Debate over teaching creationism or its watered down form in public schools has been raging for years but a topic related to manipulating children with religious gobble-dee-gook has been largely ignored – and that is the future economic impact of such decisions. Perhaps the pundits agree there will be none, but without having tested the scenario I think it warrants conversation.

I am a proponent of public education. That being said, I wouldn’t ever move to a state that teaches "intelligent design" in its public schools. I’m also fairly certain that a measurable minority would agree with me, and that these people tend to have successful careers and at minimum, an undergraduate education. This groups is also composed of community leaders, volunteers, entrepreneurs and the like. It’s not to say that those who favor “intelligent design” are not any of these things but that the demographic most offended and most repelled by this issue constitutes a higher percentage of the type. Teaching "intelligent design" in public schools will only have one effect – it will deter people who contribute to society at a higher rate than the average citizen to avoid schools, and therefore states, in which public education has been tainted by religious influence. Over time this will result in slower economic growth and investment, and in most cases in the states that need it most.

Posted by Vihar Sheth at November 28, 2005 10:36 AM