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.