Band forced to abandon “evolution of brass” logo

If you think evolution is controversial, then I’m sorry to inform you that you are an idiot. I can’t say it any other way. If you deny the earth is round, or gravity exists, you’d be getting the same reaction. In every educated country around the world, the fact of evolution isn’t disputed. Why would it be? It’s one of the most rigorously tested scientific theories of all time, with so many converging lines of evidence, including fossils, radiometric dating, and of course, DNA. Every time a new discovery is made, it only strengthens the theory more.

We’re all familiar with the popular image of a monkey slowly “evolving” into a man, and this image alone is enough to send right wing fundies into a frenzy; a band in Sedalia, Missouri was forced to turn in their shirts after parents complained about their logo (see above).

The explanation given by school officials is extremely disapointing and weak (expecting anything less?):

Pollitt said the district is required by law to remain neutral where religion is concerned. “If the shirts had said ‘Brass Resurrections’ and had a picture of Jesus on the cross, we would have done the same thing,” he said.

Too bad evolution isn’t actually a religion, or that would almost have made sense. It would be like banning t-shirts with pictures of the solar system because this conflicts with the view that the Earth is the center of the universe. It’s absolute nonsense to think this is an Establishment Clause issue.

The school needs to reverse this policy, and rational minded individuals who don’t literally believe in fairy tales need to get involved. We can’t keep letting these idiots win like this. When science is undermined, we all lose.

(via the progressive puppy)

Comments (3)

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    I think we should buy up all the t-shirts the kids turned in. That would be hilarious and I would love to own one now because of all the hype!

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    Just Some Guy

    If the proposal of evolution from/to life forms was a matter of religion, the teaching of evolutionary theory in the class would already be illegal.

    Clearly it isn’t there (though surely they’d love to make it so!), so unless the school board decides to ban evolution in their classes I don’t see how they even have vestigial leg to stand on.

    Unfortunately there will probably be no good reason for a legal fight to ensue, so the misinformed locals will simply have to muddle along believing that this is a valid argument. Good for them they happen to be in a backwater of no consequence (truly, God’s country!)

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    I live in Sedalia and I’ve been scrambling to get my hands on a shirt since the whole stink arose.

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