Government of the stupid by the stupid for the stupid

I wrote this short letter to the Dallas Morning News today in response to a front page story about a local biology teacher under siege for teaching evolution.

Sir: On the subject of teaching evolution, the Reverend Ray Mummert of Dover, Pennsylvania, who is trying his best to ban the teaching of evolution there, made what I consider the definitive statement on the subject. “We’ve been attacked by the intelligent, educated segment of the culture,” he complained.
Pretty much sums it up for me. I’ll only add this – I’ve been around long enough now that I remember the days when America led the world in scientific discoveries. I remember when we landed on the moon. Now we’re being governed by people who think the moon is only about 6000 years old and that people lived with dinosaurs. We’ve gone backwards. We risk becoming an intellectual backwater. This isn’t progress, obviously.