“Religious people in America think that to teach intelligent design is as acceptable as to teach evolution, because they like to say ‘well evolution is only a theory, so let us suggest our theory as well.’ This is of course a misunderstanding of what a scientist means when he says theory. A theory is not the smae as a guess, and it’s not even the same as a hypothesis. A theory is something that is held to be a general law, principal or cause of something that is known or observed. That is not a guess.”—Stephen Fry (via like-an-echo)
"Now this is an exercise in consciousness rising. One of the ways I have chosen to do it is to imagine how we would feel if we heard somebody talking about a Postmodernist child, a Secular Humanist child. A Gramscin Marxist child. It’s funny when you think about those things, but everybody – nobody flinches one moment when they hear the phrase ‘Catholic child’, ‘Muslim child’. But it’s exactly the same. There is absolutely no reason why you should call a child a Muslim child any more than you would call a child a Secular Humanist child or a Socialist child. Nobody would ever talk about a Socialist child, a Marxist child, a Postmodernist child. You wouldn’t dream of it."