George Bush illustrates the level of contradiction you must live with to be a conservative in America. First he says the “jury is out” on the theory of evolution, meaning he does not believe evolution is a “fact”, then he warns the nation in a press conference that bird flu, heretofore only passed between birds, is poised to mutate and make the huge evolutionary leap to be able to be passed between humans.
Well the President is right about one thing – evolutionary theory is not a fact. On the contrary, it is a theory and a pretty solid one at that. In fact, evolutionary theory, along with gravitational theory, the theory that the earth is round, and the theory that the sun is at the center of the solar system, are some of the most solid theories man has ever devised.
They help explain the past, they help explain what we see today, they help predict the future, and most importantly, they are testable so that our children in science lab actually have some real scientific experimentation and learning to do – instead of just praying to the “intelligent designer” hoping he will make everything better.
Intrinsically Bush seems to understand all of this, even though he is loathe to admit it to his base. At a recent press conference Bush fear-mongered by warning that the H5N1 virus, known as bird flu or avian flu, might jump between humans soon, requiring drastic measures including imposition of a quasi-police state, which he outlined in his speech.
So lets get this straight Mr. President, you believe evolution is some fiction dreamed up by atheists, in order to make people doubt the existence of your minority-version of God? You further believe that the hypothetical possibility that bird flu will evolve and mutate so that it will be able to be passed between humans is virtually a sure thing – so much so that you devote an inordinate amount of time in a national press conference to the subject?
Sounds like a flip-flop of biblical proportions to me. First of all, there is no evidence that bird flu can be passed any other way than between birds and other fowl. Now, from an evolutionary standpoint, it would be real advantageous (to the H5N1 life form) if it mutated and evolved into a strain that could be passed from human to human; but it has not happened yet, it may never happen, it may be impossible to happen for reasons we don’t yet understand, or alternatively it may happen at some indefinite time thousands of years from now.
That is a fact.
But for an evolution denier like George Bush to state with practical certainty that bird flu will evolve into a human-transmittable strain seems hypocritical. Maybe he said it because it is good material to fear-monger with, rather than actually believing it will happen.