Saturday, April 26, 2008

Science in Poetry (or Song)

PhaWRONGula is a blog of verse inspired by Pharyngula, a blog of biology and atheist polemic. The poetry is sharp, scientific, progressive and very topical -- funny too. It's a lyric collection that easily connotes a modern day Swift and Twain.

Martin Luther, Christian hero,
Rated all the Jews as zero:
Work them! Out them! Purge the stain!
We're at fault for Jews not slain.

Charlie Darwin fancied finches,
Measured up their beaks in inches,
Gathered gobs of evidence...
OMG! This all makes sense!

Martin Luther gave the stinking
Nazis all his Christian thinking:
When you meet an evil Jew,
Ask: What Would Jehovah Do?

Charlie Darwin, keen observer,
Used his brain, not Christian fervor,
Found that Mother Nature works
By keeping beneficial quirks.

Adolph Hitler used his Bible,
Buoyed by Luther's lurid libel,
To support his sick solution--
Roundup, rail truck, execution.

Christian anti-science kooks
Seem ill at ease with history books.
Rather than accept the shame,
Guess which hero gets the blame?

Read more about the content of this poem at Pharygula: The Great Godwinization.


Rachael said...

I always feel badly about Darwin's demonization, even more so for my own role in it as a young person. Like many others who have experienced Darwin firsthand (for myself, by reading his "On the Origin of Species") I found him to be a humble, consientious and deeply contemplative human being.

Phunicular said...

Unfortunately a humble, conscientious and deeply contemplative person is a threat to anyone who wants to use rhetoric to wield power.

Glad you liked my PhaWRONGulan scribblings, rachael. I post very infrequently there now. I'd like to do more but life has too many pressures.

I see that The Digital Cuttlefish has taken on the mantle of poet to Pharyngula and is posting prolifically with panache.