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Nobody @#$%&*! Loves Science

by Kevin D. Williamson
The method, the memes, and the ideological crutch

In 2013, an obscure Christian school, the Blue Ridge Academy of Greenville, S.C., administered a test to its fourth-grade students titled “Dinosaurs: Genesis and the Gospel.” The test was derived from a creationist curriculum developed by Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis, which operates the Creation Museum, and it was more or less what you would expect: Young Earth horsepucky denying that the world is billions of years old and that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, maintaining that Homo sap. and T. rex walked the Earth contemporaneously, helpfully answering the vexatious question of on which day the Almighty created the dinosaurs — the sixth, it turns out — and positing that the behemoth of Job 40 probably was a sauropod of some sort. A disgruntled parent uploaded the quiz to the atheism forum on Reddit and, with the help of a social-media operation called I F***ing Love Science (IFLS), the episode became instantly famous, another demerit badge on the bandolier of the fundamentalist boobs who are holding us all back from our inevitable emergence upon the sunlit uplands of enlightened reason.

The dons of the Blue Ridge Academy did not f*****g love science, nor, apparently, did they think much of fundraising: The school has since been shuttered. The Lord provides for the ravens, which neither sow nor reap, and likewise for the lily that outshines Solomon in his splendor, while the annual fundraising appeal of the Blue Ridge Academy of Greenville, S.C., apparently was on its own. The school is dead, but the meme lives on, deathless and eternal.