ID rears its ugly head in Florida

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Over the past couple of week trouble has been stirring in Florida.  It seems ID creationism is on the march again, with the Taylor, Baker, Hamilton, Clay, St Johns and Holmes County school boards all passing resolutions proposing a ‘teach the controversy’ approach to biology.  PZ Myers noted at Pharyngula:

 They all sound awfully similar, too, as if…

…as if there is intelligent design behind this campaign.

…as if there is some money backing this effort.

…as if someone has specifically targeted Florida as a good venue for the next evolution-creation trial, and is sowing the seeds.

It certainly seems as though that’s on the cards, because the lawyer who represented the parents of Terry Schiavo seems to think that not including ‘alternatives to evolution’ in the science classroom is unconstitutional:

Pinellas lawyer David C. Gibbs III wrote in a recent legal memo that by singling out Darwin’s theory of evolution as the sole pillar of modern biology, the proposed standards leave no room for other philosophical perspectives and cross the line between science and faith.

Gibbs also argues the proposed standards could face a legal challenge for violating the constitutional separation of church and state.

Not injecting religion into the science classroom is “violating the separation of church and state”?  Ok.  It’s funny how fundies insist that there’s no such thing as separation of church and state (it was a liberal commie invention you see foisted upon honest God-fearing Americans), until they think it can be of some use to them.  Suddenly evolution is “a religion”, and it’s not fair to teach that “religion” to the exclusion of their religion.

It looks like the ID creationists are adopting a saturation bombing approach to getting their unscientific nonsense into the classroom.  If enough schools start ‘teaching the controversy’ and court cases come of it, eventually they’ll score a hit.

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~ by Sammy Jankis on January 15, 2008.

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