Y’all, anti-science hysteria and rhetoric has gotten insane. Seriously, it has gone all the way around the twist. South Korea, in the hope of one day have a group of far-right religious zealots who are as bugnuts as America’s own, have banned evidence of evolution from appearing in textbooks.
I am not fucking kidding with that shit.
This attack on evolution is being blamed on the large Christian population there, which is influenced by American evangelical Christianity. I would like to rant against this idea but can’t. Turns out people like me, who both frequently attend church AND believe in evolution, are an endangered species. Less than 1/4 of us grasp the concept that evolution is fact-based science. How depressing.
It gets worse in some places in the USA. The solid majority of GOP voters in Alabama and Mississippi, we’re talking about 60% or MORE, are so out of touch with reality that not only don’t they believe in evolution, but they also still think Obama is a Muslim. Wow. The majority of Alabama and Mississippi is either stump-dumb or badly misinformed … or both.
And the far-right anti-fact religious zealots are not just hanging out in churches any more; Muslims are actually catching the creationist bug from Evangelical Christians. Great.
On a happy note, there are denominations of Christianity that are okay with evolution. The Catholic Church has formally declared that understanding evolution doesn’t make you an atheist God-denier who hates the Bible and Jesus and makes angels cry. Sadly, the Catholic Church also regards masturbation as a “grave moral disorder”, so they can be loopy about other stuff.
Fortunately, I am an Episcopalian. Episcopalians are okay with thinking, science, and other crazy things like that. Anglicans embrace teaching evolution, welcome LGBT people both as congregants and priests, and support the ordination of women (just like they were humans!). Our main policy on sexuality is that it’s overrated: we are WASPs and we try not to have orgasms because they are messy and interfere with brunch.
But I digress.
The point is that making it illegal to teach something cannot make it untrue. You can’t make evolution disappear. You can’t make scientific evidence appear to prove a creation PARABLE. All you can do is use bullying to codify ignorance, which wins in the short term but always tanks in the end. Also, if you need to lie to make you side seem “right”, you are already fucking wrong.
Needless to say, the Syncretic Church of Non-asshats is fully aware of the scientific validity of evolution, and is socially progressive toward the equality of all non-asshats. Also, as Pope, I really could care less if you masturbate.