Monday, December 19, 2005

Pat Robertson on science

It's a curious thought if environmentalists who are so worried about pollution of the air and water really understand the positive impact the industries they despise have on their lives. From Iranian nuclear weapons and Israeli pistols to Chinese food and acid relief medicines, science and industry is involved.

Then there are people like televangelist Pat Robertson who want to push creationism into the scholastic arena. When people don't do what Pat wants, as was the case in Dover, PA, he warns of "the wrath of God for not voting in a school board that would teach Intelligent Design in classes."
The American Association for the Advancement of Science responded, "We'd like to say to the good Reverend Robertson: if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to science, you just rejected it from your life ... And don't wonder why it hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. We're not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just pushed science out of your life. And if that's the case, don't ask for its help because it might not be there ... In particular, you won't have a phone to call the ambulance, and it won't exist even if you could call it. And even if the doctor lived next door and you could call her, she would only bleed you and put smelly poultices on your forehead to balance your humours. And she would be a guy.'

'Actually, we're just kidding,' the AAAS later corrected. 'Science works whether you believe in it or not. That's what's really cool about it,' they said.

'What they said,' indicated Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, in an independent statement.
Speaking of Hugo, he just had a 'succesful' political election. It's been a hell of a year for the man. According to Pajamas Media (The day Chavez staggered):
"Chavez through the last quarter of the year kept pushing his agenda on a 'Socialism for the XXI Century' which included: more property confiscation, more free giving overseas, more incendiary rhetoric, more pro Castro, more anti US (even if disguised as anti Bush) and many more confrontational elements. In other words Chavez decided not to wait for his own reelection in December 2006 to make it a referendum on a new Venezuelan economical and social structure, but instead decided to get right now an assembly that would start implementing the changes as early as January 2006. Sweeping changes in the still brand new 1999 constitution were even discussed!"
Thanks to Brad Ideas for the update.

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