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From his latest column: Liberals see the political value to teaching evolution in school, as it makes teachers and children think they are no more special than animals. Childhood joy and ambition can turn into depression as children learn to reject that they were created in the image of God. He may not be in…

They Just Keep Piling On

Governor Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky uses his State of the Commonwealth speech last night to plug intelligent design: As I close, let me recognize Kentucky’s veterans. You have served to protect our liberty and the freedom that spurs our quality of life in this nation. Please know that this administration is committed to supporting you.…

Rick Perry’s on board! And no postmodern vagueness for him. He’s here to tell us that intelligent design is a “valid scientific theory.” That’s right, governor. Just check out all the work on intelligent design going on in the biology department at your state’s fine university. Um…wait…it’s there somewhere. Just let me figure out how…

Why is it that politicians who say they want to strengthen science teaching standards can sound so post-modern about science? Two examples: 1. John McCain grooving with the kids on MTV about evolution: “I see no reason why students should not be exposed to all theories, recognizing that Darwin’s theory’s certainly one that is generally…

When it comes to evolution, the nation’s attention is focused these days on Dover, Pennsylvania, where parents are suing the local board of education for introducing creationism into the classroom. It’s certainly an important case, but if you really want to get a sense of what’s at stake in the struggle over evolution, I suggest…

Bush, Frist…McCain

From an article on how John McCain may be positioning himself for a presidential run in The Arizona Star: McCain told the Star that, like Bush, he believes “all points of view” should be available to students studying the origins of mankind. “Available” is a wonderfully vague word. Senator, Senator, a follow-up question please? Just…

I’ll close the week with an open letter to President Bush just released by the American Astronomical Society’s president, Prof. Robert Kirschner, to express disappointment with his comments on bringing intelligent design into the classroom. Astronomers may not deal with natural selection or fossils, but as a general principle, they don’t like seeing non-science and…

A statement from the National Science Teachers’ Association on Bush’s remarks about Intelligent Design: NSTA Disappointed About Intelligent Design Comments Made by President Bush 2005-08-03 – NSTA The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world’s largest organization of science educators, is stunned and disappointed that President Bush is endorsing the teaching of intelligent design –…

The American Geophysical Union just issued a press release in response to Bush’s comments about intelligent design. It’s not online at their web site yet, so I’ve posted it here. (Update: It’s on line now.) This is not the first time that the 43,000 members of the AGU have spoken out against creationism. They protested…

A Question For The President

After a day-long road trip from Ohio, I finally had the chance to read the news that President Bush thinks that schools should discuss Intelligent Design alongside evolution, so that students can “understand what the debate is about.” As Bush himself said, this is pretty much the same attitude he had towards creationism when he…