But then he goes and says something so incredibly stupid that it can only serve to remove all doubt that the man is a total, absolute, consummate, utterly indisputable, complete, one hundred per cent, out-and out, unadulterated imbecile.
The other day, in an interview with some Texas reporters, Bush actually said that intelligent design should be taught in public schools as an alternative to evolution. "Both sides ought to be properly taught," said the President, "so people can understand what the debate is about."
Debate? What debate? There is no debate in the scientific community about evolution. There has never been a shred of evidence to dispute it. The only thing the proponents of creationism have to go on is that the development of humanity is so complicated that some "unseen force" must be guiding it.
That statement is really nothing more than an admission of stupidity. Most people can't grasp the concept of infinity, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. Nor can the average person understand how splitting a tiny little atom can generate enough energy to power an entire city--or level it--but that doesn't mean it's magic. And I can't fathom why something as heavy as the moon doesn't fall on us, but that doesn't mean it's filled with helium.
Besides, look at what's happening in the world today. If there is indeed some sort of "unseen force" out there guiding us, it's got one hell of a twisted sense of humor.
If you want to teach intelligent design, fine. Include it as part of an elective religion course. But to suggest that it should be taught in science classes as some sort of reasonable alternative to evolution is beyond the pale.
What's next? Exuming Darwin's body and trying his remains on charges of heresy? What the hell.... Let's also dig up Galileo, Copernicus, Ptolemy, Kepler, and anyone else who dared challenge the church and bring western civilization out of the dark ages.