Saturday, August 20, 2005

A Political Tin Ear

It is hard to tell sometimes if Sen. Bill Frist is a pandering politicians, or just one without any real political sense. Either way his recent pronouncement that schools should teach "intelligent design" in science class, in conjunction with the theory of evolution, is simply the latest example.

He told Rotatrians that "I think today a pluralistic society should have access to a broad range of fact, of science, including faith." Ummm, people, there is science and there is faith. One can be more or less proven through observation and experimentation (which can be taught in a classroom), the other, well, is taken on faith (and should be taught at a church, at home, or at least, a different classroom.) Also, a quick questions for Senator/Doctor Frist -- what facts point toward the ID theory? Anything? Anyone?

The same people who decry multiculturalism in the social science fields are now apparently advocating the same for the hard science fields? Do we teach that the world is flat? That the sun revolves around the earth? No, but maybe we should under this new "pluralistic society" standard. If the Catholic Church came out and said that 2 + 2 = 5, would he advocate offering this as an alternative to our grade schoolers?

Sen. Frist's comments are clearly aimed at getting back in the good graces of the social conservatives, following his support of stem cell research, in order to run for President. But his zigging and zagging is merely making him look like a fool.

A man of science, such as a doctor, should hardly be advocating such silliness. A man of politics should know that pandering of such an obvious sort never works.

(Hat Tip - OTB)