Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Maryland Bills Would Permit Teaching ID

"Fundamentalist Christians who believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible have every right to their beliefs — but they do not have the right to force their views into public schools, where they will be foisted upon kids who don’t hold the same religious views," writes Ben McIlwain an astronomy major at the University of Maryland. "Religious instruction should remain in churches and secular private schools and should not interfere with the teaching of real science in public schools and universities. When we allow religion to pre-empt science we all lose."

Why are people in Maryland concerned about an issue that, until now, only affected people in places like Kansas, Ohio, and Pensylvania, okay and Georgia, and, oh yeah, California and Michigan?

"Last month," reports McIlwain, "two bills were introduced in the Maryland General Assembly attacking the teaching of evolution and other scientific theories in public schools and universities... and permitting the teaching of Intelligent Design Creationism."



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