The ACLU-PA blog has a report on yesterday’s testimony from Carol Brown, a member of the Dover school board for ten years until she resigned in protest when the board voted to put ID into science classrooms. On the witness stand, she described a long process by which the board, led by William Buckingham, head of the curriculum committee, and Alan Bonsell, chairman of the school board, tried time and again to find a way to get their religious views into the classrooms. She recounts that board members repeatedly said that they didn’t believe in the separation of church and state and wanted to find ways to put the Bible into classrooms and get creationism taught “side by side” with evolution.
Another former school board member, Barrie Callahan, testified to the same events on Tuesday and even produced her notes from a school board retreat wherein Alan Bonsell sought ways to make the science instruction “fifty fifty” between evolution and creationism. And former Dover science teacher Bryan Rehm has also testified to hearing the same thing from Bonsell repeatedly. And all of them report that after objecting to the curriculum change, the board members and others have accused them of being atheists (apparently that’s the worst thing they can think of, though at least some of the folks who objected are regular churchgoers and even Sunday School teachers in the community).
Bonsell and Buckingham, it should be noted, have said in their depositions that they didn’t say any of these things. Mind you, they have multiple people who have all testified under oath to substantially the same thing, we have written notes of a school board retreat submitted as evidence, and two separate newspapers and a local TV station both reported comments at the time that the two men now deny having said. I think it’s pretty clear that they’re lying, don’t you?