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October 26, 2005

The intolerant religion of Evolution

The Dover, Pennsylvania school board adopted a policy in October of 2004 that requires teachers to read a statement to ninth-grade science students before they begin the study of origins. The statement reads...

“The Pennsylvania Academic Standards require students to learn about Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and eventually to take a standardized test of which evolution is part.

“Because Darwin’s Theory is a theory, it continues to be tested as new evidence is discovered. The Theory is not a fact. Gaps in the Theory exist for which there is not evidence. A theory is defined as a well-tested explanation that unifies a broad range of observations.

“Intelligent Design is an explanation of the origin of life that differs from Darwin’s view. The reference book, “Of Pandas and People,” is available in the library along with other resources for students who might be interested in gaining an understanding of what Intelligent Design actually involves.

“With respect to any theory, students are encouraged to keep an open mind. The school leaves the discussion of the Origin of Life to individual students and their families. As a Standards-driven district, class instruction focuses upon preparing students to achieve proficiency on Standards-based assessments.”

There is nothing in that statement that is false (although many argue that Evolution fails to even meet the standard for a legitimate theory), yet the zealots of the religion of Evolution had conniption fits about it. Nothing, absolutely nothing, must be allowed to stand in the way of indoctrinating young school children into the religion of Evolution. No facts, no science—nothing, they insist.

From the Baptist Press...

The trial began Sept. 26, almost a year after 11 people whose children attend or plan to attend Dover, Pa., schools, filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the Dover Area School Board’s decision to tell students about the existence of Intelligent Design was a backdoor attempt to bring religion into the classroom, violating what they see as the constitutional separation of church and state.

The case of Kitzmiller v. Dover is the first time a court has considered the validity of Intelligent Design and whether it can be part of a public school science curriculum. The case represents the first court review of evolution in nearly 20 years....

The plaintiffs are represented, pro bono, by the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Separation of Church and State and the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper Hamilton. The school district is represented, for no charge, by attorneys from the Thomas More law Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

And the ACLU raises its ugly head once more.

Posted by Danny Carlton at October 26, 2005 07:34 AM

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