Biology textbook calls creationism myth; father wants honesty banned

An honors textbook being used at Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tennessee refers to creationism as such:

Creationism: the biblical myth that the universe was created by the Judeo-Christian God in 7 days.

That’s a pretty fair definition. The only possible problem could be that there are a number of other creationist myths. Check that – the only possible legitimate problem. Creationists, of course, will have other issues.

[Father of a Farragut High School student, Kurt] Zimmermann said the use of the word “myth” could “mislead, belittle and discourage students in believing in creationism and pointedly calls the Bible a myth.”

I would hope so. The Bible has no evidence for anything not trivial, nevermind creationism. Why would anyone want to believe in a haphazard, internally inconsistent piece of violent rubbish that has no connection to reality? It involves magic, talking snakes, incorrectly describes the Universe, and for some strange reason has some tyrant claiming to be three individuals while he’s really one and one aspect of his personality disorder is that of a Jew zombie. It’s ridiculous.


Thought of the day

The em dash is an ugly, unnecessary symbol that far too many people insist on using. Specifically, it’s a dash that is approximately the length of the letter M. It is usually used to put emphasis on a part of a sentence — sort of like this. However, there is a superior alternative – the en dash, as seen in this sentence. Same idea, just shorter.

But what really makes dashes intended to emphasize ugly is when people insist on adding no spaces—like right here. In this instance the em dash is necessary since the en dash usually acts as a hyphen when it isn’t surrounded by spaces. But even with this distinction, any dash without space around it is easily mistaken for being part of a hyphenated word. This adds unnecessary confusion and a lack of clarity to any writing.

Stop using em dashes – they suck.