Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Newton's Third Law

It was only a matter of time. The combination of right-wing hate politics with the pseudoscience of creationism and intelligent design -- and the deadly earnest attempt to put them in the public schools -- is getting a response.

Peter Slevin, a Washington Post staff writer, reports in "Classroom Evolution's Grass-Roots Defender":

A grass-roots group troubled by recent Republican triumphs and the influence of the Christian right is fighting back in Northern Virginia by defending the teaching of Darwinian evolution, a battleground in the national culture war.

An e-mail last month seeking support from more than 300 local Democratic campaign volunteers and other potential supporters described efforts across the country to challenge evolutionary theory. It warned against "politically infused theological pseudo-science" and said silence risks undermining Virginia schools and weakening the state's economy.

This article is well worth reading, because it reminds us that eventually the dangerous nonsense of intelligent design and creationism, will force Americans to respond -- just as they have in Kansas with Kansas Citizens for Science, in Pennsylvania with Dover CARES, and in many other states that have fought to defend science education.


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