Friday, December 23, 2005


Timing is Everything

One of the things we've learned, both in Kansas and Dover, is that intelligent design proponents are reading challenged. Apparently, the aversion to reading among the ID theorists extends to Missouri, as well.

How else might we explain why -- just one day after Judge John Jones ruled in Dover that teaching ID in public schools is unconstitutional -- Missouri State Legislator Cynthia Davis, R-O'Fallon, announced she will re-introduce a bill requiring biology textbooks sold to public schools to have one chapter containing a critical analysis of origins.

Davis, Missouri's ethics-challenged answer to Connie Morris, introduced the same bill last year, but it never came to the house floor for a vote.

Supporters of the bill, such as Ann Painter Ihms -- who describes herself as a Christian who believes the Bible's story of creation but doesn't try to separate ID from creationism -- are, of course motivated solely by the science that supports ID and a burning desire to improve the critical thinking skills of Missouri students.

Evolution isn't mentioned in Missouri's science standards. Unlike Kansas, the state school board is appointed by the governor and sets only standards. Local school boards set policies on what's taught in classrooms.

Read more in this article by Donna Hickman in The Daily Journal.


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