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2005年 08月 11日 ( 1 )
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  2005年 08月 11日
やっぱBushは馬鹿
 4日にAOR Heavenに注文をかけたCD、9日に届いてました。すごいです。ドイツから来るのにこれだけの時間しかかからないなんて。下手したら国内で通販するより早い。

 それとは全く関係のない話しだし、少し古いけど、またまたGeorge Bush、馬鹿なこといってます。8月3日付のNew York Timesです。
A sharp debate between scientists and religious conservatives escalated Tuesday over comments by President Bush that the theory of intelligent design should be taught with evolution in the nation's public schools.

火曜日のBush大統領の「Intelligent Designが公立学校で教えられるべきである」という発言を巡って科学者と宗教保守主義者の論争が過熱している
 何を信じるかは個人の問題だし、自分も一応はクリスチャンではあるけど、こんなことを平気で一国の指導者が言うとは彼の愚かさを端的に示す一例です。

 記事はまだ続きますが、New York Timesのサイトでは残念ながらもう無料では読めません。それで下記に全文を引用しておきます。興味のある方はどうぞ。結構長いんですっ飛ばしても結構です。(^_^)
Bush Remarks Roil Debate on Teaching of Evolution
By ELISABETH BUMILLER

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 - A sharp debate between scientists and religious conservatives escalated Tuesday over comments by President Bush that the theory of intelligent design should be taught with evolution in the nation's public schools.

In an interview at the White House on Monday with a group of Texas newspaper reporters, Mr. Bush appeared to endorse the push by many of his conservative Christian supporters to give intelligent design equal treatment with the theory of evolution.

Recalling his days as Texas governor, Mr. Bush said in the interview, according to a transcript, "I felt like both sides ought to be properly taught." Asked again by a reporter whether he believed that both sides in the debate between evolution and intelligent design should be taught in the schools, Mr. Bush replied that he did, "so people can understand what the debate is about."

Mr. Bush was pressed as to whether he accepted the view that intelligent design was an alternative to evolution, but he did not directly answer. "I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought," he said, adding that "you're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, and the answer is yes."

On Tuesday, the president's conservative Christian supporters and the leading institute advancing intelligent design embraced Mr. Bush's comments while scientists and advocates of the separation of church and state disparaged them. At the White House, where intelligent design has been discussed in a weekly Bible study group, Mr. Bush's science adviser, John H. Marburger 3rd, sought to play down the president's remarks as common sense and old news.

Mr. Marburger said in a telephone interview that "evolution is the cornerstone of modern biology" and "intelligent design is not a scientific concept." Mr. Marburger also said that Mr. Bush's remarks should be interpreted to mean that the president believes that intelligent design should be discussed as part of the "social context" in science classes.

Intelligent design, advanced by a group of academics and intellectuals and some biblical creationists, disputes the idea that natural selection - the force Charles Darwin suggested drove evolution - fully explains the complexity of life. Instead, intelligent design proponents say that life is so intricate that only a powerful guiding force, or intelligent designer, could have created it.

Intelligent design does not identify the designer, but critics say the theory is a thinly disguised argument for God and the divine creation of the universe. Invigorated by a recent push by conservatives, the theory has been gaining support in school districts in 20 states, with Kansas in the lead.

Mr. Marburger said it would be "over-interpreting" Mr. Bush's remarks to say that the president believed that intelligent design and evolution should be given equal treatment in schools.

But Mr. Bush's conservative supporters said the president had indicated exactly that in his remarks.

"It's what I've been pushing, it's what a lot of us have been pushing," said Richard Land, the president of the ethics and religious liberties commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Land, who has close ties to the White House, said that evolution "is too often taught as fact," and that "if you're going to teach the Darwinian theory as evolution, teach it as theory. And then teach another theory that has the most support among scientists."

But critics saw Mr. Bush's comment that "both sides" should be taught as the most troubling aspect of his remarks.

"It sounds like you're being fair, but creationism is a sectarian religious viewpoint, and intelligent design is a sectarian religious viewpoint," said Susan Spath, a spokeswoman for the National Center for Science Education, a group that defends the teaching of evolution in public schools. "It's not fair to privilege one religious viewpoint by calling it the other side of evolution."

Ms. Spath added that intelligent design was viewed as more respectable and sophisticated than biblical creationism, but "if you look at their theological and scientific writings, you see that the movement is fundamentally anti-evolution."

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, called the president's comments irresponsible, and said that "when it comes to evolution, there is only one school of scientific thought, and that is evolution occurred and is still occurring." Mr. Lynn added that "when it comes to matters of religion and philosophy, they can be discussed objectively in public schools, but not in biology class."

The Discovery Institute in Seattle, a leader in developing intelligent design, applauded the president's words on Tuesday as a defense of scientists who have been ostracized for advancing the theory.

"We interpret this as the president using his bully pulpit to support freedom of inquiry and free speech about the issue of biological origins," said Stephen Meyer, the director of the institute's Center for Science and Culture. "It's extremely timely and welcome because so many scientists are experiencing recriminations for breaking with Darwinist orthodoxy."

At the White House, intelligent design was the subject of a weekly Bible study class several years ago when Charles W. Colson, the founder and chairman of Prison Fellowship Ministries, spoke to the group. Mr. Colson has also written a book, "The Good Life," in which a chapter on intelligent design features Michael Gerson, an evangelical Christian who is an assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning.

"It's part of the buzz of the city among Christians," Mr. Colson said in a telephone interview on Tuesday about intelligent design. "It wouldn't surprise me that it got to George Bush. He reads, he picks stuff up, he talks to people. And he's pretty serious about his own Christian beliefs."
 "Intelligent Design"というのは「知的設計」と訳されていて、簡単に言うと「生命という複雑なものがDarwinの言う様に自然に進化してきたはずはなく、何か知的で力のあるもの(彼らの主張ではキリスト教の神)が作り出してきた」というような考え。

 私立の保守的なクリスチャン系のミッション・スクールで教えるのはかまわないかもしれないけど、これを公立学校でも教えるべきだということを言う人間が大統領になっているということ自体がアメリカの悪い意味での保守化を示してます。

 ほんと、George Bushって馬鹿。そしてアメリカという国は個人的には大好きだし、そこでの生活から得たものはとても大きいけど、彼を大統領にいただいているアメリカという国は病んでます。残念です。

 前にも紹介した記憶があるけど、彼の馬鹿な発言を集めた『The Complete Bushism』は面白い。

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ブリティッシュ・ハードロックバンドの89年発表の2ndに7曲のボーナスがついての再発盤。Steve Overlandのソウルフルな声でキャッチーなメロディを聴かせます。今回AOR Heavenに注文していたうちの1枚。最近というか90年代に出したアルバムはもっとブルージーな感じで、Steve Overlandの歌唱力が光るけど、個人的にはこういうメロディアスな楽曲が好みかな。オープニングのタイトルトラック"Tough it Out"や"Bad Luck"など、ハードポップ的な音楽が好きならすぐにはまるでしょう。他にもMark FreeやVenus & Marsなどでもおなじみの"Someday"(Mark Freeの『Long Way from Love』とこの曲の作者であるVenus & Marsの『Grand Trine』では"Someday You'll Come Running"とクレジットされてますが)もやはり名曲です。そして5曲目の"Everytime I Think of You"。これどこかで聴いたことあるなぁと思って気になっていましたが、やっと思い出しました。Eric Martinの『I'm only Fooling Myself』に入ってます。この曲も良いです。SteveのPaul Rodgersを思わせるようなブルーズベースの素晴らしい歌唱力でメロディスな曲を聴くことの出来るいいアルバムです。
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