But, you know, I can't blame Pat all that much. It's not like he doesn't have a biblical basis for his threats.
15But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
21The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.
22The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
27The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
28The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:
35The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head.
45Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee [...].
Yowser. The last thing you want is to be smote with mildew.
The only problem with this logic is the fact that God didn't explicitly command intelligent design to be taught in schools. If He would print out a couple more tablets or something, it might clarify things a bit.
Facetiousness aside, this is how religion strikes me now, I swear. Well, my religion. Er, my family's religion? Someone's religion anyway.
I'm not anti-I.D. though. I think it would be nice to explain that there are competing theories, whether I.D. is "bad science" or "un-science" or not. The truth is, there are competing theories, and no one is forcing kids to accept one over the other. It's not like they won't learn about religion in school anyway. My high school global history class was full of it. Christianity, Islam, animism... they all popped up in one section or another. If we only taught what was proven as fact, we would have no philosophy courses, no experimental literature, none of the stuff that makes academia fun!
But that's just me.