Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Creationism display 'is first,' she said to cries of 'hallelujah'
Read a story about the whole godawful mess from the Tulsa World.
Can Oklahoma get a break from the wackjobs?
You know Inhofe was Tulsa mayor once upon a time.
Second, since most of the people with whom I've become acquainted from OK are intelligent, thoughtful, and diverse in the expression of their lives, my guess is OK is no different than most places.
Third, my hometown elected, then re-elected a convicted felon (racketeering!) as mayor in the late 1980's and early 1990's. That man is now a member of the county legislature, representing our village. I had a letter-to-the-editor censored by the editor-in-chief of our local newspaper because I pointed out that part of the economic stagnation in Waverly was the result of the governor and legislature refusing to deal with someone who had been convicted of having ties to organized crime.
Finally, on the merits, or lack thereof. Sadly, free speech includes speech that, by any measurable standard, is insane and divorced from reality (as the nonsense over health care proves). The American sense of fairness, unfortunately, tends to give space to such views because of our willingness to let such voices be heard. Which is fine. When such voices become powerful, they present a danger. Which is why it is necessary to speak out as forcefully as possible, not to silence or drown them out, but at the very least to point out the, um, weakness of their position. Putting a creationist exhibit at a zoo is a bit like allowing the American Nazi Party to have a booth at the Holocaust Museum. Fairness and equal treatment should only stretch so far.