November 2005


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Dover school board booted out

From The Register:

All eight Dover, Pennsylvania school board members up for re-election have been booted out after introducing intelligent design to the science classroom. In their place are a number of those who campaigned against the policy.

Three cheers for Dover, PA!

To the commentor from the previous post, who says that nasty little annoyances like mosquitos, fleas and the fossil record are “a test of faith”:

Faith that keeps you going when everything is against you is a wonderful thing. I wholly applaud those whose personal faith in their God allows them to overcome odds and obstacles in their life.

Faith as an excuse for not using your brain or thinking for yourself is a crime against humanity. Just because the clergy are in the habit of referring to their constituents as a ‘flock’ does not mean you should be sheep! Cramming that faith down the gullet of children in a publicly-funded school curriculum is a clear viloation of the First Amendment to the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. To wit:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

You can argue that the school board is not Congress, or that ID is not favoring an establishment of religion due to the omission of the phrase “by God” in the official thesis. The truth of the matter is that ‘Intelligent Design’ is just the Creation story with some pretty makeup on. This is a subject that should not be taught in public schools. To satisfy your complaint that science teachers should teach that Darwinism is not the only theory, I propose that all science textbooks henceforth contain the following:

“Not everyone believes in the Darwin Theory of Evolution”

Science classes are where we go to learn science, not religion. I leave that to the qualified folks down at the local center of worship.

2 replies to “Dover school board booted out”

  1. SJ Says:

    I know! It’s like they’re trying to argue against gravity or something. My faith is not holding me to the earth here.

  2. Graumagus Says:

    My only bitch about teaching evolution, and a very minor nitpicking bitch it is, is when it’s not stressed that it’s still just a theory, not a fact.

    Granted, it’s got a hell of a lot more evidence behind it than “Magical man in sky waves fist and poof! We exist”, but it’s still not a fact.

    BTW, did you see that Pat Robertson is insinuating that god will smite Dover now? The idiot has passed beyond embarrassing and into the realm of self writing satire….