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Buttars’ Bills Facing Veto

The two bills that Sen. Chris Buttars of Utah has been pushing in that state legislature, one that is anti-evolution and one that would prohibit students from forming gay-straight clubs in public schools, may both be vetoed by the governor of the state: Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said for the first time Thursday that he’d…

Beckwith on the Dover Ruling

Frank Beckwith, a friendly rival on the question of intelligent design and the law, was a speaker at the Greer-Heard Forum that included many other prominent peopel on both sides of the ID question. The Baptist Press News has a report on his presentation, which a reader emailed me this morning. Beckwith, for those who…

ID’s Latest Trojan Horse Strategy

As I’ve discussed many times, the ID movement has changed its strategy regarding the policies they are advocating to be adopted by school boards and legislatures. They know that any hint of the phrase “intelligent design” is going to be struck down by the courts, especially in light of the Dover ruling. In fact, they…

ACLU Threatens Suit in Toledo

The press release says: The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio today sent a letter to the Toledo Public Schools demanding that they cease allowing staff to teach intelligent design in science classrooms throughout the district. “Intelligent design has been proven to be nothing more than a thin cover for those who wish to teach…

Victory in Ohio

The Ohio State School Board today voted 11-4 to remove the “critical analysis of evolution” lesson plan that was advocated so forcefully by the Discovery Institute and other ID advocates in 2002. Cue screams of outrage about “dogmatic Darwinists” (or “Stalinists” or the “Darwinian priesthood” or whatever today’s favorite hyperbole is) from John West and…

Ohio Vote Today on ID Lesson Plan

Ohio’s State Board of Education votes today on whether to rescind its earlier approval of a lesson plan that was pushed by the Discovery Institute to teach “criticisms of evolution”. The New York Times has a report on the vote, which is expected to be very close. In the wake of the Dover ruling, Ohio…

Text of the Wisconsin Bill

Here is the actual text of the Wisconsin bill, which has not yet been assigned a bill number so is not available on the Assembly’s website: SECTION 1. 118.018 of the statutes is created to read: 118.018 Science instruction. The school board shall ensure that any material presented as science within the school curriculum complies…

Anti-ID Legislation in Wisconsin

I really like this idea: Creationism or intelligent design could not be taught as science in Wisconsin public schools under a first-of-its-kind proposal announced today by Madison state Rep. Terese Berceau. Under the bill, only science capable of being tested according to scientific method could be taught as science. Faith-based theories, however, could be discussed…

In Utah, there is a bill in front of the state legislature to require teachers to to offer a disclaimer when teaching evolution. That disclaimer would state that A) not all scientists agree on the theory of evolution and B) the state does not endorse the theory of evolution. In Michigan, there is a bill…