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Jay Lake points out that the Creepy-Cons are now working toward outlawing divorce.

Oh, and they have done this service to the American youth: "the National Parks Service forbidding rangers at the Grand Canyon from discussing geology in ways which contradict Young Earth Creationism."

Where has my America gone? Or did it never exist? Hell, where have the real, "keep the government out of my life" Republicans gone?

Folks, this is why I identify as liberal, even if it is more accurate to say that I define myself as belonging to the church of science fiction.

Chris

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desperance
Jan. 6th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
"the National Parks Service forbidding rangers at the Grand Canyon from discussing geology in ways which contradict Young Earth Creationism."

You'd think they would at least have the wit to say "okay, this is the Grand Canyon, the great rift: we'll have Young Earth Creationism on this side, Darwinism's over there..."

No, but seriously - they've done that? Whatever happened to separation of church and state? Rangers can't be employees of the church...?
bobhowe
Jan. 6th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Many of the rank-and-file rangers are up in arms about it, as are the scientists, of course: a top-down decision imposed by (wait for it...) a Bush appointee.

Here's how I comfort myself when these flat-earthers act up: NATURE BATS LAST. It doesn't matter whether you "believe in" evolution, you'll still die from a rapidly evolving flu virus.
mckitterick
Jan. 7th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
It doesn't matter whether you "believe in" evolution, you'll still die from a rapidly evolving flu virus - ah, you silly heathen stone-head, don't you realize that of which you speak is by design of His most Noodly Self?
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mckitterick
Jan. 7th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
A-yep, and if the filing party fails to appear at one of the required hearings, the whole bet is off and the divorce (er, I mean "dissolution of marriage") returns to Step One.

One of the things that bothered me the most was the use of "V." (as in "versus") between the names of the parties, even when it's by mutual consent, as if to pit the parties against one another, to punish them for deciding not to be married any more.
ericreynolds
Jan. 7th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
"This is another example of "make an issue" where there isn't really one to spur people to the polls on half-truths."

Excellent point. This is SO common. For example, listen to Rush Limbaugh and the RL wannabes and you'll hear about a lot of 'important' issues that upset his listeners, but they didn't know those issues upset them until Rush told them.
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mckitterick
Jan. 7th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
That is damned scary Handmaid's Tale territory....
ericreynolds
Jan. 7th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
Very discouraging. I've heard about this about the Grand Canyon, but I thought they were getting rid of the YEC stuff at the visitor center. It's too bad they can't just point out the window and say: "There's proof of an old earth right out there."

I hope this is temporary. I have heard that the cons have peaked and are on decline. But we must always be vigilant. Look what happened with the KS BOE: 1999 cons take over and trash evolution. 2000 moderates get it back and revive the standards. 2004 the cons trash the science standards. 2006 the bums are voted out. We must not fall asleep again, because the cons are already planning their comeback.
mckitterick
Jan. 7th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
Well, history suggests that these swings left and right are like the swaying of a pendulum and we can hope for good things to come. What a-scares me is that the Neocons have so firmly embedded themselves throughout all branches of our government and pretty much own our profit centers.
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