December 5, 2007

Teach "intelligent design," sez Huckabee

Why is Mike Huckabee annoyed at questions about creationism? Maybe it has something to do with this:
Huckabee, at a dinner in Des Moines, told reporters that the theory of intelligent design, whose proponents believe an intelligent cause is the best way to explain some complex and orderly features of the universe, should be taught in schools as one of many viewpoints.
Many viewpoints? Yes, let's teach them all. There might be just enough time left over to show the kids how to light a bunsen burner.

There is no “theory of intelligent design.” Its leading proponents look at things, decide they appear “designed,” immediately conclude they are “designed” (after having made the same conclusion in advance), but refuse to identify the “designer” — on the advice of counsel.

Isn't that just like science, where all research must be vetted by attorneys for compliance with the Establishment Clause caselaw.

Huckabee's ridiculous suggestion is arguably irrelevant to a president's powers and responsibilities, but it's a pretty good indicator that Huckabee doesn't know what the hell he's talking about, which may in turn be an indicator of his other proclivities.

Still, Huckabee's got nothing on Sherri Shepherd, one of the hosts of ABC's The View, who doesn't know whether the Earth is flat or spherical, and says if she really needed to know, she'd go to look it up at the library. Not only that but:
Goldberg: When [Epicurus, 341-270 BCE] was around, there was no Jesus Christ stuff going on.

Shepherd: No, no, they still had Christians back then. ... They had Christians and they threw 'em to the lions.

Goldberg: This might predate that, I think.

Shepherd: I don't think anything predated Christians.

Behar: The Greeks came first, then the Romans, then the Christians.

Shepherd: Jesus came first, before them.
Three things: 1) Television is not a meritocracy; 2) Both the Old and New Testaments were written in Christian; 3) Mike Huckabee can probably count on Sherri Shepherd's vote.


Display Name said...

And apparently, Whoopi is fairly smart.

AutismNewsBeat said...

If Jesus is the Son of God, and God is eternal, then Jesus predates everything, including the Universe.

OK, I got nothin'...

Anonymous said...

I don't often watch the View, but happened to catch that exchange yesterday. . . .

That woman's ignorance is so vast it defies existing adjectives to describe it. I guess you have to take it on faith, yuk, yuk.

Where did she get her education if you can call it that? Barbawa WaWa ought to yank her off the air if she wants her show to retain ANY credibility. At least Shepherd makes Hasselbeck look genius.

Anonymous said...

Saw the video clip. Whoopi ends by answering Sherri's delirium with, "Not on paper."

"Not on paper" = "I see now that there is literally *no* point in conversing with you, but I can at least have some fun making you look even more stupid."