Recently, the state of Tennessee passed legislation enabling public school teachers to “teach the controversy” surrounding the theory of evolution by natural selection. I have a citation below if you want to catch yourself up to speed on the issue before reading further.
Proponents of the bill claim that the theory of evolution has profound and fatal flaws that need to be discussed among school children. Evolution, proponents of the bill say, is “only a theory” that might well be taught alongside other “theories” of biological diversity such as the theory that an intelligent designer brought *poof* all animals into being in a miraculous act of “special creation”.
Political liberals in the West have inherited a pacifistic stance toward ideological diversity. Do you disagree with something I say as a liberal? If so, I must first recognize your freedom to disagree with me, and I then must be respectful of your disagreement, of your position, and make attempts to understand its nuances and complexities. To do any other would be intolerant and indecent. We liberals cherish diversity and the flourishing of opinions and perspectives.
Except we actually don’t.
Political liberals, as far as I know, have not moved en masse to understand the “nuances” of Klan ideology or flat-Earth defenders or the “merits” of Rush Limbaugh’s argument that Sandra Fluke (the noble and clear-eyed defender of women’s rights to their reproductive health) is a slut.
No, political liberals have the schizophrenic burden of silently, to themselves, acknowledging that such people are retarded, while openly pretending that diversity of opinion on matters of basic human decency is a good thing. Oh, and I chose the word retarded very, very carefully — the positions mentioned above are quite literally retarded in the sense that they retard human understanding about the world and about one another.
Controversy surrounding the teaching of evolution in the classroom has, for the above reasons, caught many liberals at an impasse. Liberals that understand their indebtedness to science want both to defend the teaching of evolution in science classrooms AND to maintain their love of ideological diversity.
Liberals cannot have their cake and eat it too. Ideological diversity is incompatible with decency when this diversity undermines decency. This is axiomatic.
The science behind the theory of evolution consists of thousands and thousands of fossils, most of which are indicative of common ancestors to living animals. The entire field of micro and macro biology, as well as our understanding of disease, human medicine and agriculture (and, for some clear-headed sociologists, society as well) are explicable only in evolutionary terms. Evolution is a fact because it has been tested and confirmed millions of times in direct and indirect ways. Entire academic disciplines are currently built on its shoulders.
Yet, science-advocating liberals feel a tug to let Christians “have a say” on the matter. News networks invite Christian anti-evolution apologists to “tell their side of the story”.
This is the liberal bias. This is the embarrassingly soft and mushy core to many liberals that allows them to have opinions and views and dedications while not actually caring to defend them in any serious way.
What liberals in the West must come to understand is that it is possible to “disagree” with the theory of evolution because of nothing more than flamboyant and magnificient ignorance — the other side doesn’t always have a “story to tell,” or a “position to defend.”
Sometimes the other side is just wildly and rather embarassingly wrong.
I suppose its possible to get the liberal to follow me this far, but I’m quite certain they won’t take the next needed step to exclusion.
Freedom of speech is a natural right. But freedom to state your opinion in media outlets and on tv programs and in classrooms is NOT a natural right. Speaking is your right, a platform on which to speak is not.
Liberals need to be more intolerant. Intolerance is the lifeblood of a vibrant democracy; it is the distinct feeling of having a position worth defending.
Not only should liberals forcefully marginalize the christian right’s views on education, we should no longer allow them air time of any kind, no longer allow their views to appear in mass media.
Before the tears begin to well in your confrontation-fearing liberal eyes, recognize that you would exclude in exactly the same ways, and for very good reasons, the views of racists and misogynists. If you had any conviction, that is.
When it comes to biology class, I am in favor, and only in favor, of the public dissemination of scientifically credible, fairly researched, non-religious views and opinions.
The theory of evolution by natural selection is the most defensible, verifiable account of bio-diversity known to man. The debate is over — it began with Darwin’s much-delayed publication in 1859 and ended with the Scopes Trial.
When will liberals stop allowing the Christian Right to pretend “Nuh Uh!” is a legitimate counterargument?
When will liberals admit to themselves that some people REALLY ARE stupid and dangerous to a fair and decent society?
When will liberals acknowledge the moral imperative of intolerance?