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As a subtopic of the Uncommon Scent thread started by SteveStory and a little trend I've been noticing in opinion pieces on ID in various news sources.
Have you noticed that when IDiots mention Galileo in their commentaries, the commentary is typically more wingnutty than normal?
I think a compilation of good quotes is in order, along with some nice commentary pointing out the IDiocy of the point of the story. Or, if the comparison is accurate, then you could point out why.
I'll go first:
|The revolution of the sun and planets around the Earth was not an assumption, declared the pope of the day, but a well-established fact, and these dangerous meddlers were popularizing their nonsensical views among students, teachers, parents, administrators and policymakers. Galileo was compelled to recant his dangerous claims, and a little later died in comfortable retirement. (He was never persecuted, tortured and otherwise physically coerced, however, as later mythology would claim.)|
Fast forward now to the late 20th and early 21st centuries. For more than 100 years the priests of our day, meaning the scientists, have cherished as incontrovertible fact the thesis that all the species of nature, man included, came about by accident. By an astonishing coincidence, the single cell appeared; by millions of further accidents, the cell evolved over countless generations into ourselves and what we see around us....
A government spokeswoman begged, very tentatively, to differ. There are phenomena, she said, "that may not be easily explained by current theories of evolution." After all, the scientific understanding of life "is not static. There's an evolution in the theory of evolution."
You wonder if this notably intrepid woman will go down in history. Like Galileo.
You notice how he calls scientists the "Priests"? DEo you think that the real priests might take some offense to that?
Who said that ev'ry wish would be heard and answered
When wished on the morning star
Somebody thought of that, and someone believed it
Look what it's done so far
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