Although we never asked them to, the far right American Family Association frequently sends us email asking us to support them in their radical Republican partisan causes. The people at the American Family Association have given us the username “Little Jonnie Atheist Fag”. Isn’t that a sweet, pro-family atttude?
Well, today, the sweet and kind message sent to us by the American Family Association had to do with the right wing’s effort to mix religion into public school science classes. The American Family Association said it was taking a poll, a poll about intelligent design theology, that religious doctrine that says that life could not have possibly arisen from natural causes, because life is just too complex for anyone but a super-advanced race of alien creatures or supernatural spirits to create. Strangely, the supporters of intelligent design theology are almost all right wing Christians like the people at the American Family Association, using intelligent design theology as a platform from which to attack education in the proper techniques and ideas of professional science.
The American Family Association is hoping to use this poll to serve as a piece of propaganda to argue that the American people just hate the rigorous standards of professional scientists. They want to teach the neo-Creationist theology right along with evolution science, even though intelligent design theology isn’t even a scientific concept. They’re only emailing that poll link to Christian fundamentalists who are members of the American Family Association, so they’re loading the poll up with a huge right wing bias. It’s really telling that, in their efforts to push their fundamentalist Christian ideology on public school students, the American Family Association is using an unscientific poll on the decidedly unscientific intelligent design theology.
They want to talk about intelligent design? Fine. It would be intelligent for a poll to be scientifically designed, so that it would be plausible when presented to the public. The concept of biological evolution is itself intelligently designed, taking simple, verifiable ideas and following the logical implications of those ideas to their ends: Showing how the complexity of life is a quite natural outgrowth of basic chemical processes.
So far, that unscientific American Family Association poll is registering nearly 100% approval for forcing the Christian fundamentalist religious ideology of intelligent design on public school children. I say we who don’t follow the marching orders of the religious right take that poll too, and give the propagandists at the American Family Association a little bit of a surprise.
Here’s the link to that intelligent design theology poll: http://www.afa.net/petitions/intelligentdesign/TakeSurvey.asp – Have fun!