Teaching Evolution

A blog devoted to teaching evolution, both in our schools and in our communities.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Battle Lines Drawn in 19 States

A front-page Washington Post story on the battle to teach evolution in public schools has an interesting quote from U.S. Senator Rick Santorum:
"Anyone who expresses anything other than the dominant worldview is shunned and booted from the academy," Santorum said in an interview. "My reading of the science is there's a legitimate debate. My feeling is let the debate be had."

On the one hand, it's depressing that a senator from Pennsylvania -- hardly the Bible Belt -- would say something like that. On the other hand, I do feel somewhat heartened by the fact that people like Santorum and President Bush seem to be giving up on supporting creationism completely and instead are moving in the direction of framing evolution and intelligent design as two competing scientific views. That's not much progress, but it is some.

What bothers me about this article, though, is that it gives ample space to the opponents of evolution without quoting any scientists who could point out that not a single shred of scientific evidence exists for the viewpoint that these people spout.


At 9:33 AM, Blogger Justin said...

"A prominent effort is underway in Kansas, where the state Board of Education intends to revise teaching standards. That would be progress, Southern Baptist minister Terry Fox said, because 'most people in Kansas don't think we came from monkeys.'"

Then most people in Kansas are in need of an education. This is terrifying.

At 3:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Republicans need the TaliBaptist vote, and the choice of the backward to kill public education in their states is an acceptable trade off in my opinion. Neither the Democrats or Republicans can win national elections by catering to educated, intelligent, thoughtful people. We must use common cattle.
Those of us who wish to rise will continue to self-educate as always, leaving the supertstitious drones behind. Enjoy your imaginary celestial friends, Kansans. May they keep you warm in your trailers.


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