Anti-intellectualism describes a sentiment of hostility towards, or mistrust of, intellectuals and intellectual pursuits. This may be expressed in
various ways, such as attacks on the merits of science, education, art, or
] (Bold added by me)
I do not think that it can be understated how much creationism is
anti-intellectualism in a religious context. Creationism has a long history
of attacking science, not just evolution but also astronomy, cosmology, chemistry and geology with equal fervor and prejudice.
No apparent, perceived, or claimed interpretation of evidence in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts
the Scriptural record.
[Answers in Genesis
] (Bold added by me)
Creationism once just preached literalistic interpretations of the bible, but now it seeks to undermine and suppress the science which contrasts such
interpretations. Creationists want schools to teach creationism and creation "science" in place of real and substantiated science, and failing that
want to "Teach the controversy" despite that being non-existent. These behaviors, those that deal with education and science, cannot be tolerated
Creationism is no longer just exercising freedom of speech and religion, but now it is also exercising anti-intellectualism, the very thing that makes
us better than medieval Europe. There are a few values that the west holds dear that are central to our freedoms and our success as a society.
Among them are the freedom of speech, the freedom of thought and the freedom of religion.
The Islamic empire held these values too, up until fundamentalists rose to power. Since then, the majority of Islamic nations have slipped into a dark
age where prejudice and the restraint of freedoms are as bad as ever. This is the point of separating church and state. I'm no scholar on American
history but from what I do understand, early America was the most secular society in the world and the founding fathers, being deists, knew that to
have freedom of
religion you needed freedom from
religion, and the anti-intellectual persecution that lingers around it. (Happy to hear
objections from those more scholarly on that history)
This is only one reason why we cannot let creationism or ID
to be taught in schools, especially in science class, or let anti-intellectualist
fundamentals rise to power. It would be the beginning of the end for western society.
It must be stressed that there is nothing wrong with religion in general, so long as it's contributions to society are positive (charity and all
that), but there is nothing positive about modern creationism encroaching on freethinking.
Anti-intellectualism is a sociological virus, not dissimilar to the flu, it changes form every time and becomes invisible to the immune system. An
infection or corruption like this is what brings down societies every single time.
If it takes hold of America, there will be spore-er missionaries sent to our nations (UK, NZ, Oz, Cand etc.) and a pandemic could throw western
society into the next dark-age. The Islamic nations are a modern day example of what an anti-intellectual infection can do to a society.
Left unchecked, anti-intellectualism posses a real threat to all that I hold dear.
Mod-Note: Edited at OPs request.
[edit on 1-11-2008 by Skyfloating]