Buttle's World

2 May, 2009

Discovery’s Creation

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 21:05

The intriguing story of how “The Wedge” was outed by a guy in a copy room. And how a tiny think tank in Seattle has tried to pollute science education in the entire country – with a few backfires along the way.

All that was asked now was that students be apprised that there was a controversy.

That was apparently all that was in question when, in late 2004, a district school board in a small suburb of York, Pa., voted 6-3 that high-school students “will be made aware of gaps/problems in Darwin’s theory and of other theories of evolution including, but not limited to, intelligent design.” A month later, the board mandated that starting in January 2005, ninth-grade biology teachers would be required to read to their students a four-paragraph statement encouraging students to look into alternatives to Darwin and suggesting Of Pandas and People (available in the school library) as a good place to start.

Even though the new policy did not include active teaching of intelligent-design theory, Discovery Institute fellows issued a warning that the policy went too far and might, in fact, damage the cause rather than further it. Little did they know how damaging it would be. On Dec. 14, 2004, a district parent opposed to the new policy filed suit in federal court to block it. Tammy J. Kitzmiller and 11 other parents were represented in their suit against the Dover Area School District by 13 lawyers from the ACLU, the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the National Center for Science Education. Against this legal lineup, the constitutional-law equivalent of the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line, were the Dover board’s defenders, fielded by the conservative Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Considering that the Center for Science and Culture had publicly opposed making the situation in Dover a test case, it seems curious that two of the Discovery Institute’s most prominent fellows signed on to testify at the trial as expert witnesses: Lehigh University biochemist Michael J. Behe and University of Idaho microbiologist Scott Minnich. But testify they did, and it was their testimony, more than that of many experts fielded by the plaintiffs, that left the scientific credentials of intelligent design in tatters.


1 Comment »

  1. […] “this is not about teaching creationism”. FALSE. So-called Intelligent Design is nothing more than creationism in drag. This has been demonstrated multiple times, including in court, and with the Discovery Institute’s very own documents. […]

    Pingback by A Moron Interviews a Liar « Buttle’s World — 7 May, 2009 @ 20:26

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