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August 05, 2005

Spector joins Bush in calling for openness in science education

From Pennsylvania State University's Centre Daily Times...

Sen. Arlen Specter said yesterday that he sees no harm in teaching intelligent design alongside evolution in the nation's schools as competing explanations for the origin of life.

"My own instincts are to teach everything and let people take their choices," the Pennsylvania Republican said, responding to questions on the topic. "My instinct is not to object to people hearing all sides of all issues, no matter how much I disagree with them."...

But, while Bush declined to give his personal views, Specter declared, "I'm with Darwin," the British naturalist who in 1859 propounded the theory of evolution.

"I'm for survival of the fittest," Specter said, smiling. "That's what I'm fighting right now - whether I'm fit enough to survive."

How long until the zealots for the religion of Evolution start calling him names?


From Salt Lake City's Deseret Morning News...

[Utah] State Sen. Chris Buttars will meet with education officials next week to inquire about discussions of evolution and humans in public schools — a chat he says could determine whether he'll pursue the idea of requiring schools also teach "divine" or "intelligent design" to explain the origins of life.

Meanwhile, the State Office of Education is preparing a position statement on teaching evolution and its already-established place in the state core curriculum. The statement will come before the State Board of Education in September, state curriculum director Brett Moulding said....

Buttars' main concern is whether students are being taught humans evolved from other species.

The state high school biology core curriculum includes the theory that "Earth's present-day species developed from earlier species," and that their evolution is related to their environment. One of its five standards is "students will understand that biological diversity is a result of evolutionary processes."

It doesn't specifically mention anything about humans evolving from apes.

But Buttars says a handful of parents in the past year have told him that's what their children have been taught in school.

"This really bugs me," Buttars said. "I don't want it taught, the evolution of humans, as fact. It's not fact, it's a theory, with holes you can drive a truck through. The missing link's still missing, and so's the rest of the chain."

Followers of the religion of Evolution will argue that either A. it isn't being taught as a fact in government schools or that B. it is a fact so there's no problem with it being taught as such. Often the same argument from the same person.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 5, 2005 11:23 AM

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