Wednesday, December 28, 2005


That's All, Folks

"Backers of 'intelligent design' have been advising school boards to avoid lawsuits by encouraging criticism of evolution rather than mandating that students learn about intelligent design," according to a report from USA Today. "But a judge's ruling last week has given ammunition to those fighting challenges to evolution in three states."

The Seattle-based Discovery Institute, the leading proponent of ID, told Dover its policy would invite a lawsuit. Instead, the think tank urges schools to "teach the controversy" about evolution without mandating intelligent design.

That's the approach several boards are taking. Jones tried to drive a stake through it.

"This tactic is at best disingenuous and at worst a canard," he wrote. "The goal of (ID) is not to encourage critical thought, but to foment a revolution which would supplant evolutionary theory with ID."

... Richard Katskee, a lawyer for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, says lawsuits are possible in Kansas and Ohio if voters or board members don't bring about change.

"They've taken the plan from ID without using the label," he says of the two states. "That plan is really about attacking evolution. That's all there is to ID."


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