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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Monday, September 26, 2005
Religious Right praising freedom of inquiry and liberal education
The astounding declaration came from Patrick Gillen of the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who is arguing the case for the school district: "This case is about free inquiry in education, not about a religious agenda; Dover's modest curriculum change embodies the essence of liberal education."
Wow! The guts and poker face that must have taken for a defender of the "religious freedom of Christians" (which hasn't been in danger since the edict of the Roman emperor Constantine that turned the Roman empire into a vehicle for the dissemination of the Christran faith) to actually advocate free inquiry and liberal education, which have always been anathema for any good conservative Christian.
The way things are going, President Bush will soon advocate saving gas rather than driving gigantic SUVs... Wait! That also happened today! What the heck is going on in the world?