Sunday, March 16, 2008

What a joke...

UNM Awards Genie Scott with Honorary Doctorate of Science.

Yippee!! This for a woman whose mission in life is to stop ID by any means possible. She claims that ID is an attempt to insert religion into science classrooms, yet applauds those teachers who do just that if it will help stifle ID proponents.

Gotta love the blatant hypocrisy this woman displays. In the section of that link titled "Defuse the Religion Issue" Genie has the audacity to applaud teachers who *use* religion to support her views of Darwinism, yet she opposes ID because of her unfounded belief that ID is an attempt to address religious issues in the science classroom. Get this...from the horse's mouth:

After one such initial brainstorming session, one teacher presented students with a short quiz wherein they were asked, "Which statement was made by the Pope?" or "which statement was made by an Episcopal Bishop?" and given an "a, b, c" multiple choice selection. All the statements from theologians, of course, stressed the compatibility of theology with the science of evolution. This generated discussion about what evolution was versus what students thought it was. By making the students aware of the diversity of opinion towards evolution extant in Christian theology, the teacher helped them understand that they didn't have to make a choice between evolution and religious faith.

A teacher in Minnesota told me that he had good luck sending his students out at the beginning of the semester to interview their pastors and priests about evolution. They came back somewhat astonished, "Hey! Evolution is OK!" Even when there was diversity in opinion, with some religious leaders accepting evolution as compatible with their theology and others rejecting it, it was educational for the students to find out for themselves that there was no single Christian perspective on evolution. The survey-of-ministers approach may not work if the community is religiously homogeneous, especially if that homogeneity is conservative Christian, but it is something that some teachers might consider as a way of getting students' fingers out of their ears. (emphasis added)

This is also the woman who made the statement:

I have found that the most effective allies for evolution are people of the faith community. One clergyman with a backward collar is worth two biologists at a school board meeting any day!

That's right folks...*use* clergy and religious beliefs in the science classroom just as long as it doesn't conflict with Genie's own atheist/humanist religious beliefs.

Blah...whatever. I guess she can add this "honor" to some of her other "awards"...the Isaac Asimov Science Award from the American Humanist Association, the First Amendment Award from the Playboy Foundation, and the James Randi Award from the Skeptic Society.