Tuesday, May 03, 2005

There's The T-Word 

Kansas is at it again:
"...Kansas is holding its own hearings on what school children should be taught about how life on Earth began.
The Kansas Board of Education has scheduled six days of courtroom-style hearings to begin Thursday in Topeka. More than two dozen witnesses will give testimony and be subject to cross-examination, with the majority expected to argue against teaching evolution."
Kansas' B of E has been trying for years to get rid of evolution and put creationism into the schools, but since the Christianists got a majority seat on the Board last year, they think they may really have a shot at it this time. But get this:
"School board member Sue Gamble, who describes herself as a moderate, said she will not attend the hearings, which she calls "a farce." She said the argument over evolution is part of a larger agenda by Christian conservatives to gradually alter the legal and social landscape in the United States.
"I think it is a desire by a minority... to establish a theocracy, both within Kansas and growing to a national level," Gamble said."
There it is...the T-word, and uttered not by some left-winger in a weblog, but by a member of one of the most conservative B of E's in the country.

The Christianists feel evolution is untenable as science, since, as the article says:
"Detractors also argue that evolution is invalid science because it cannot be tested or verified and say it is inappropriately being indoctrinated into education and discouraging consideration of alternatives."
As opposed to theory the apple and the snake and the sudden full-blown appearance of the earth as we know it today, which has been scientifically demonstrated to be true in countless reproducible experiments.

As Henry Drummond said in Inherit the Wind: "This is going to be a barren source of amusement."

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