Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Florida School to Be Dover 2?

The state of Florida is considering new science standards that actually discuss evolution openly rather than the euphemistic “biological change over time” (welcome to the 19th century, folks), but some schools are unhappy about it. The Polk County School Board in Lakeland, apparently ignorant of what happened in Dover, is making noises about requiring the teaching of ID along with evolution. Good luck with that, folks.

The Lakeland Ledger reports that 5 out of 7 school board members in Polk County support putting ID into science classes:

Board members Tim Harris, Margaret Lofton and Hazel Sellers said they oppose proposed science standards for Florida schools that lists evolution and biological diversity as one of the “big ideas” that students need to know for a well-grounded science education.

Board member Kay Fields said last week she wants intelligent design, which is promoted by some Christian groups, taught in science classes in addition to evolution.

“If it ever comes to the board for a vote, I will vote against the teaching of evolution as part of the science curriculum,” Lofton said. “If (evolution) is taught, I would want to balance it with the fact that we may live in a universe created by a supreme being as well.”

Oops. That quote is gonna come back to haunt you. Actually, it appears that they know about Dover but don’t seem to care:

Despite the Pennsylvania case, some school board members want both intelligent design and evolution taught in Polk schools. They say they have received numerous e-mails and phone calls in support of intelligent design.

“My tendency would be to have both sides shared with students since neither side can be proven,” Tim Harris said.

“I don’t have a conflict with intelligent design versus evolution,” Sellers said. “The two go together.”

“It crosses the line with people who are Christians,” Lofton said. “Evolution is offensive to a lot of people.”

Meanwhile, Focus on the Family is actually encouraging schools in Florida to fall into the Dover Trap so they can get pounded in court and have to pay a huge legal bill as well. Good thinking, guys. To quote the immortal Walter Sobczyk: “You are entering a world of pain.”


  1. #1 Tom
    November 30, 2007

    I just can’t stop wondering why these people are so blind to the fact that ID/creationism is so bankrupt as an idea.

    Dude, they’re blind to the fact that their entire worldview is bankrupt. It’s not like they have the ability to think critically and are just somehow failing to use it. Their dumb parents raised them to be dumb. They’ve never learned how to use reason.

    I look forward to the Polk County school board becoming the next national laughingstock. Just like the Dover school board, but even dumber because they tried it after the Dover episode, from which they have unsurprisingly learned nothing at all.

    I only wish I were a federal judge in Florida.

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