Thursday, November 30, 2006

On Kansas and Evolution

From The Onion:

KS—In response to a Nov. 7 referendum, Kansas lawmakers passed emergency legislation outlawing evolution, the highly controversial process responsible for the development and diversity of species and the continued survival of all life.

"From now on, the streets, forests, plains, and rivers of Kansas will be safe from the godless practice of evolution, and species will be able to procreate without deviating from God's intended design," said Bob Bethell, a member of the state House of Representatives. "This is about protecting the integrity of all creation."

The sweeping new law prohibits all living beings within state borders from being born with random genetic mutations that could make them better suited to evade predators, secure a mate, or, adapt to a changing environment. In addition, it bars any sexual reproduction, battles for survival, or instances of pure happenstance that might lead, after several generations, to a more well-adapted species or subspecies.

I'm glad that FotF Kat is out here on the Left Coast and not stuck in the non-evolutionary ghetto of Kansas.


At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Kansas. It just goes to show you how important it is to make sure reasonable people run for office at every single level, from President to Dog Catcher. The extraordinary power that a few whack-jobs have on the state school board skews the whole perception of the state. I remember when Kansas first cancelled science back in '99, there was so much uproar from the governor and all the major universities. So embarassing.

Strangely enough, growing up in Kansas, I don't recall ever running into these nutjobs. Most people in my life have all be entirely reasonable, well educated, thoughtful, generous and skeptical about the merging of church and state. Let Kansas be a lesson in not letting the troglodytes take over policy making!

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