I am a little unmotivated today, given the late but favorable outcome of last night's World Series Game 6 (Go Cardinals!). As I read stuff in emails and my feeds, I got directed to a couple of postings over at Free Thought Blogs by Jen McCreight.Once again, a young woman has been told to shut up so she does not offend anyone.
I clicked through to read the edited version of the original "offensive" post, which I found completely inoffensive. Of course, being a liberal scientist-type woman whose life has been spent mostly in the bible belt, I found much to identify with and appreciate. I particularly liked this bit, when someone felt that Jen should not be shocked that biology majors may not accept evolution:
We don’t give chemistry degrees to people who believe in alchemy. We don’t give aerospace engineering degrees to people who think planes are held up by fairies. We don’t give geology degrees to people who think the Earth is made of chocolate pudding. But we have no problem giving biology degrees to people who think an invisible supernatural being created life, despite it having as much evidence as Puddingology. I should feel shocked that people who reject the fundamental concepts of their field can still successfully earn a degree.
Of course, the side-splitting part of the whole endeavor occurred when I scrolled down toward the comments. Google Ads helpfully placed this at the bottom of the post: