Richard Dawkins was invited to speak at the University of Oklahoma.
One of the more forward thinking State Representatives brought the following resolution to the floor of the legislature:
WHEREAS, the University of Oklahoma is a publicly funded institution which should be open to all ideas and should train students in all disciplines of study and research and to use independent thinking and free inquiry; and
WHEREAS, the University of Oklahoma has planned a year-long celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s theory of evolution, called the “Darwin 2009 Project”, which includes a series of lectures, public speakers, and a course on the history of evolution; and
WHEREAS, the University of Oklahoma, as a part of the Darwin 2009 Project, has invited as a public speaker on campus, Richard Dawkins of Oxford University, whose published opinions, as represented in his 2006 book “The God Delusion”, and public statements on the theory of evolution demonstrate an intolerance for cultural diversity and diversity of thinking and are views that are not shared and are not representative of the thinking of a majority of the citizens of Oklahoma; and
WHEREAS, the invitation for Richard Dawkins to speak on the campus of the University of Oklahoma on Friday, March 6, 2009, will only serve to present a biased philosophy on the theory of evolution to the exclusion of all other divergent considerations rather than teaching a scientific concept.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 1ST SESSION OF THE 52ND OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE:
THAT the Oklahoma House of Representative strongly opposes the invitation to speak on the campus of the University of Oklahoma to Richard Dawkins of Oxford University, whose published statements on the theory of evolution and opinion about those who do not believe in the theory are contrary and offensive to the views and opinions of most citizens of Oklahoma.
THAT the Oklahoma House of Representatives encourages the University of Oklahoma to engage in an open, dignified, and fair discussion of the Darwinian theory of evolution and all other scientific theories which is the approach that a public institution should be engaged in and which represents the desire and interest of the citizens of Oklahoma.
THAT a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the University of Oklahoma, the Dean of the College of Arts and Science at the University of Oklahoma, and the Chair of the Department of Zoology at the University of Oklahoma.
So, one would expect that I would treated with dignity and respect when I demand equal time for my “theory” that we were all created two weeks ago, complete with false memories and histories, by super-intelligent space aliens. Oh…you want evidence?
Well, I have just as much evidence for my “theory” as anyone has for ANY theory that suggests some alternative explanation for the diversity of life on earth.
The resolution itself is inherently contradictory! On the one hand, it calls for open, dignified discussion of competing theories (as if there were any), while at the same time demanding that Dawkins be booted because HIS idea does not sit well with the God-infected morons of Oklahoma.
Attention Oklahoma. Darwin was right. There are a few thousand metric tons of research and physical evidence demonstrating the correctness of the fundamental notion of evolution by natural selection. There is NO EVIDENCE, none whatsoever, for any “alternative theory.”
There is no room in the science class for dignified discussion of your magical sky wizard delusion.
What the fuck is wrong with you people? How can you go about electing legislators who are so patently, stubbornly stupid? Willful blindness and the ability spew silly dogmatic idiocy are not qualities you should seek in your leaders.