Dick DeVos, the Republican candidate for governor in Michigan, has confirmed what we already knew from the report of one of our MCFS members in a letter to the editor last week, that he advocates teaching ID in public school science classrooms. The Detroit Free Press reports:
“I would like to see the ideas of intelligent design that many scientists are now suggesting is a very viable alternative theory,” DeVos told the Associated Press this week during an interview on education. “That theory and others that would be considered credible would expose our students to more ideas, not less.”…
DeVos told the AP this week that allowing school districts to include intelligent design in science classes lets them to “expose students to a multitude of ideas, … to think through the challenges, to learn to discern between multiple theories.”
And as soon as ID advocates actually come up with a theory and publish research to support it, that might matter. As of now, it’s completely irrelevant. Another interesting tidbit:
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, funded by the candidate and his wife, gave the Thomas More Law Center $5,000 in 2002.
That’s hardly a surprise. DeVos is an Amway heir and his family has deep religious right ties. Jay Van Andel, the co-founder of Amway, funds a young earth creationist “research center” in Arizona.