Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Backlash Against Religious Right?

Writing for Common Dreams News Center, a national non-profit citizens' organization working to promote progressive visions for America's future, Peter S. Canellos notes that the religious right may now be facing its very own self-made purgatory:
... a federal judge appointed by President Bush last month delivered a hammer blow to the intelligent-design theory, the religious right's latest vehicle for undermining the teaching of evolution. The judge declared that the intelligent-design theory, which posits that the development of man cannot be explained by evolution alone, is religion posing as science. He ruled that the Dover, Pa., school board that ordered that the science curriculum be changed to incorporate intelligent design was acting to promote religion, not education.

Rather than express outrage, some key supporters of the religious right chose to distance themselves. The day after the decision came down, Senator Rick Santorum, Republican of Pennsylvania, announced that he was resigning from the advisory board of the Thomas More Law Center, which defended the Dover school board.

Santorum, in the midst of a tough reelection campaign, must have noticed that almost all supporters of intelligent design were voted off the Dover school board in November.


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