Creationism and Intelligent Design
The religious right's effort to replace science with religious doctrine instigates litigation, contention, ridicule
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Reports on the Dover, Pennsylvania school district are here.
Ed Asner Tours with Play about Scopes Monkey Trial
JewsOnFirst.org Advisory Board Member Plays William Jennings Bryan in The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial, Talks With Us About the Play and Protecting the Teaching of Evolution
by JewsOnFirst.org, April 24, 2007
Ed Asner is currently on tour with The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial, a cautionary play for our times. The play, as he explains during a recorded interview, uses transcripts of the 1925 trial -- a test case, really -- of a Tennessee high school teacher for teaching evolution. The trial attorneys, William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow, were towering figures of the early 20th century; the trial proceedings were the first ever broadcast live on the radio.
During our interview, Asner recounts the situation that created the trial and its aftermath, with laws throughout the Bible belt mandating the teaching of creationism. To go to a page with links to some of the play's reviews and a CD of an earlier performance, please click here.
June 2008. Louisiana and Texas in forefront of a resurgence of support for teaching creationism
Joyce S. Anderson, Jewish Times of South Jersey, June 27, 2008
The opponents of teaching evolution in the science classrooms of the public schools have reappeared with the same old message cloaked in new phrasing. They no longer call themselves "creationists." Nor do they describe their cause as "intelligent design." Like the seven-headed Hydra from mythology, cutting off one head does not deter them from growing a new one with a new name. In its latest reincarnation, the words that identify the anti-evolution cause are "strengths and weaknesses."
During the past decades, both creationism and intelligent design failed in the courts. In 2005, after a controversial fight in Dover, Pennsylvania, that split pro- and anti- evolution members of the community, a federal judge in Pennsylvania banned intelligent design from the public school curriculum. The strategy favored by anti-evolution groups has been to elect their advocates to local and state boards of education. Since the boards control the curricula in the schools and the textbooks that are used, they have pursued this course with single-minded determination and skill. In Kansas, Texas, Pennsylvania and other states, the school board membership has seesawed back and forth with conflicting directives affecting the schools and their science curricula. Continue.
Stand Up for Science!
Website of the Texas Freedom Network
The Texas Freedom Network encourages engagement in its Stand Up For Science campaign, offering a petition and a clergy petition as well as a tool kit. The group states: "Evolution is under fire as the State Board of Education revises curriculum standards for all public school science classes in Texas. Creationists on the state board have already made it clear that weakening instruction on evolution is a priority. Support a sound education for Texas students by joining the Stand Up for Science campaign. Please click here.
Teach the Controversy
Brendon McKenna, Trail Blazers Blog at The Dallas Morning News, June 18, 2008
Noting State Board of Education chairman Don McLeroy's comments last weekend about teaching evolution and his desire to have teachers address what some call weaknesses in the theory of evolution it's interesting that now you can buy t-shirts mocking that proposition. Continue.
Interview with Don McLeroy
KLRU: Texas Monthly Talks, May 1, 2008
Interview conducted by Evan Smith of the Texas Monthly with the chair of the Texas State Board of Education Don McLeroy, the chair of the board. Click here.
Opponents of Evolution Adopting a New Strategy
Laura Beil, The New York Times, June 4, 2008
Dallas — Opponents of teaching evolution, in a natural selection of sorts, have gradually shed those strategies that have not survived the courts. Over the last decade, creationism has given rise to “creation science,” which became “intelligent design,” which in 2005 was banned from the public school curriculum in Pennsylvania by a federal judge.
Now a battle looms in Texas over science textbooks that teach evolution, and the wrestle for control seizes on three words. None of them are “creationism” or “intelligent design” or even “creator.” Continue.
Texas demands faith in Darwinism
Regulators reject teaching from team of Ph.Ds
WorldNetDaily, May 1, 2008
The state of Texas has decided that a graduate school with a faculty sporting Ph.Ds from UCLA, Penn State, the University of Montana, Colorado State, Case Western and Indiana University, with a few lowly Ed.D. degrees thrown it, isn't qualified to grant master's degrees because it teaches students to evaluate thoroughly the pluses – and minuses – of evolution and creation.
The verdict came just a week ago from the Texas Higher Education Consulting Board, which rejected an application from the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School for a Certificate of Authority to grant degrees. Continue.
Creation Bill Wrong Signal
Opinion, The Advocate, June 24, 2008
Gov. Bobby Jindal ought to veto the neo-creationism bill that is now heading to his desk. The practical matter is that he won’t.
Yet we fear that its passage will be, sooner as well as later, an embarrassment for the state of Louisiana.
The so-called Louisiana Science Education Act is on its face a defense of academic freedom but is in reality pushed by advocates of Bible-based notions of creation and the formation of life on Earth. The open advocates of creationism have a new tack: It’s a right of teachers to explore all theories in the classroom and “update” science teaching with “supplemental” material. Continue.
Louisiana’s Latest Assault on Darwin
Editorial, New York Times, June 21, 2008
It comes as no surprise that the Louisiana State Legislature has overwhelmingly approved a bill that seeks to undercut the teaching of evolution in the public schools. The state, after all, has a sorry history as a hotbed of creationists’ efforts to inject religious views into science courses. All that stands in the way of this retrograde step is Gov. Bobby Jindal.
In the 1980s, Louisiana passed an infamous “Creationism Act” that prohibited the teaching of evolution unless it was accompanied by instruction in “creation science.” That effort to gain essentially equal time for creationism was slapped down by the United States Supreme Court as an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. State legislators, mimicking scattered efforts elsewhere, responded with a cagier, indirect approach. Continue.
Senate sends Jindal bill on evolution
Will Sentell, The Advocate, June 17, 2008
A bill to overhaul the way evolution is taught in Louisiana public schools easily cleared its final legislative hurdle Monday despite threats of a lawsuit.
Opponents, mostly outside the State Capitol, contend the legislation would inject creationism and other religious themes into public schools.
However, the Senate voted 36-0 without debate to go along with the same version of the proposal that the House passed last week 94-3. Continue.
Louisiana Coalition for Science calls for veto of creationist bill
Louisiana Coalition for Science calls on Governor Jindal to veto SB 733
National Center for Science Education:Defending the Teaching of Evolution in the Public Schools
Baton Rouge, LA, June 16, 2008 The Louisiana Senate has passed SB 733, a bill that creationists can use to force creationism into public school science classes. The vote accepts an amendment approved by the Louisiana House of Representatives. The amendment allows the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to prohibit certain supplementary instructional materials but gives no guidance about the criteria BESE should use for such prohibition. The LA Coalition for Science (LCFS), a group of concerned parents, teachers and scientists, has called on Gov. Jindal to veto the bill through an open letter on its website at http://lasciencecoalition.org. Continue.
Will creationism bill rouse the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
Scott Jordan, Independent Weekly, June 17, 2008
Now that Senate Bill 733 — the Louisiana Science Education Act — passed 36-0 in the Senate and only awaits Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature to become law, will it rouse the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
The quick backstory: this bill has been blasted as a backdoor attempt to allow the teaching of creationism in Louisiana science classes. And if Louisiana mirrors Kansas, we could be in store for some nationwide press and ridicule, courtesy of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. In 2005, after the Kansas Board of Education welcomed a similar bill, an Oregon State University grad with a degree in physics wrote open letters to the board members imploring them to also teach the theory that the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. Spaghetti Monster supporter Bobby Henderson calls the church’s supporters “Pastafarians,” and his efforts spawned widespread media coverage. Continue.
In Louisiana, Inklings of a New (True) Champion of the Right
Adam Nossiter, The New York Times, June 2, 2008
Baton Rouge, La. — Religion and fiscal stringency have a friendly home at the state Capitol here, with a conservative, Bobby Jindal, in the governor’s office, a host of straight-arrow novice legislators eager to please him and an honored spot for the Louisiana Family Forum in the old marble halls.
The newly conservative tone of state government is seeping through a host of successful bills — on school vouchers, creationism, stem-cell restrictions and tax and spending cuts — and it is adding to the speculative frenzy here surrounding Mr. Jindal as a potential vice-presidential choice for Senator John McCain. Continue.
Louisiana Will Face Lawsuit If New Law Brings Religion Into Public School Science Classes, Says Americans United
Church-State Watchdog Group Warns Against Using Anti-Evolution Legislation To Advance Fundamentalism In The Classroom
News release, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, June 11, 2008
The Louisiana House of Representatives today approved a measure that opens the door to teaching creationism in public schools, an action that is likely to spark litigation, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Approved by a 94-3 vote, the so-called “Science Education Act” (SB 733) allows public school teachers to use “supplemental materials” when discussing evolution. Continue.
Methodists Oppose Teaching of Creationism, Intelligent Design
Bob Allen, EthicsDaily.com, May 20, 2008
The United Methodist Church passed a resolution at its recent General Conference opposing the teaching of Creation Science and Intelligent Design in public schools.
The statement, passed during a 10-day conference in Fort Worth, Texas, that ended May 2, put the denomination on record "as opposing the introduction of any faith-based theories such as Creationism or Intelligent Design into the science curriculum of our public schools." Continue.
University Sued over Pro-Evolution Web Site
Federal government spent $500,000 to design the offensive page
Focus on the Family, Citizenlink.com, May 20, 2008
Two professors at the University of California, Berkeley, are being sued over a government-funded Web site that promotes evolution.
Kevin Snider, an attorney with the Pacific Justice Institute, said UnderstandingEvolution.com has at least two strikes against it: UC Berkeley accepted a $500,000 check from the federal government to design the site, and has been critical of creationism.] Continue.
Ninth Circuit to Hear Arguments This Week in UC Berkeley Website Case
News release, Pacific Justice Institute, May 12, 2008
May 12, 2008 - Pacific Justice Institute will present arguments this week to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case challenging a federally-funded UC Berkeley website which promotes selected religious denominations that support evolution.
The lawsuit, filed by PJI in 2005, centers around a website designed by UC Berkeley to help teachers combat so-called misconceptions about evolution. The website tackles the "misconception" that religion and evolution are incompatible by claiming that "most" religious groups have no problem with evolution, and by directing visitors to statements from selected religious groups that support evolution. Meanwhile, the website derides religious beliefs that "contradict science" by teaching six-day creation. The site also warns teachers that student questions which expose the weaknesses of evolution "may be designed to disrupt the learning process" and should not be given the same respect as "legitimate" questions. Continue.
Texas House leader apologizes for slurring Judaism
Summary by JewsOnFirst, February 14, 2007
Summary. The second-ranking Republican in the Texas House of Representatives apologized for circulating a memo to all his colleagues condemning evolution as a long-secret Jewish religious text. Rep. Warren Chisum obtained the memo from Georgia Rep. Ben Bridges, who got it from the Fair Education website (address fixedearth.com). The unabashedly anti-Semitic website (see screenshot below) calls evolution a false science originating in "Kaballa-based Big Bangism." Chisum complied with a demand from the Anti-Defamation League that he apologize. Bridges, so far, has not.
Memo: Stop teaching evolution
Georgia lawmaker's plea comes to Texas through No. 2 in House
By Robert T. Garrett, The Dallas Morning News, February 14, 2007
AUSTIN -- The second most powerful member of the Texas House has circulated a Georgia lawmaker's call for a broad assault on teaching of evolution.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, used House operations Tuesday to deliver a memo from Georgia state Rep. Ben Bridges.
The memo assails what it calls "the evolution monopoly in the schools."
Mr. Bridges' memo claims that teaching evolution amounts to indoctrinating students in an ancient Jewish sect's beliefs. Continue.
Lawmaker Apologizes for Memo Linking Evolution and Jewish Text
By Ralph Blumenthal, The New York Times, February 17, 2007
HOUSTON, Feb. 16 -- A leader of the Texas House of Representatives apologized Friday for circulating an appeal to ban the teaching of evolution as derived from "Rabbinic writings" and other Jewish texts.
"I had no intention to offend anyone," said the lawmaker, Warren Chisum, a Republican from the Panhandle who is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Continue.
Evolution memo prompts call for apology
By Jeremy Redmon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 16, 2007
The Anti-Defamation League is calling on state Rep. Ben Bridges to apologize for a memo distributed under his name that says the teaching of evolution should be banned in public schools because it is a religious deception stemming from an ancient Jewish sect.
Bridges (R-Cleveland) said he is considering filing legislation this year to remove evolution from Georgia's public schools, but he denies having anything to do with the memo.
One of his constituents, however, said he wrote the memo with Bridges' approval before it recently was distributed to lawmakers in several states, including Texas, California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Continue.
Chisum Launches Attack On Evolution
Texas Freedom Network, News release, February 14, 2007
AUSTIN – The second most powerful member of the Texas House should refocus his efforts on passing a good state budget, not promoting fringe ideas that would embarrass the state and threaten the education of our schoolchildren, the president of the Texas Freedom Network said today.
“The House is in danger of becoming a breeding ground for fringe ideas instead of a body for serious lawmaking,” TFN President Kathy Miller said. “Does Rep. Chisum really believe that our children should learn that the earth stands still while the rest of the universe revolves around it? The fact that we are even discussing this should be alarming to all Texans.” Continue.
‘Big bang’ Kabbalah campaign tied to lawmakers
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, February 16, 2007
State lawmakers in Georgia and Texas have been tied to a memo blaming Kaballah for the “Big Bang” theory of the creation of the universe.
“Indisputable evidence — long hidden but now available to everyone — demonstrates conclusively that so-called ‘secular evolution science’ is the Big Bang, 15-billion-year, alternate ‘creation scenario’ of the Pharisee Religion,” the memo says, according to The Associated Press. “This scenario is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings in the mystic ‘holy book’ Kabbala dating back at least two millennia.”
The memo has been tied to the offices of conservative Republican lawmakers who reject evolution. It was written by Marshall Hall, who ran an election campaign for Georgia State Rep. Ben Bridges. Warren Chisum, a powerful lawmaker in the Texas state house, has distributed the memo. On his Web site, www.fixedearth.com, Hall describes Albert Einstein as a kabbalist, and says the ancient Jewish mystical discipline is “anti-bible” and “anti-Christ.”
The Anti-Defamation League on Thursday asked Bridges to repudiate the memo’s contents. Bridges has distanced himself from the memo, which Hall originally distributed in Bridges’ name. Original text.
US: Anti-Jewish memo spurs apology
Memo circulated to state representatives in Texas assails 'evolution monopoly in schools'
Ynetnews (Israeli English-language website) February 18, 2007
A leader of the Texas House of Representatives apologized Friday for circulating an appeal to ban the teaching of evolution as derived from “Rabbinic writings” and other Jewish texts, the New York Times published Saturday.
According to the report, Republican lawmaker Warren Chisum had no intention of offending anyone saying that he had received the memo from Ben Bridges, a Georgia legislator, and that he never took it very seriously. Continue.
Chisum apologizes, to meet with Jewish leaders
Capitol Letters (blog of the Dallas Morning News), February 16, 2007
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Warren Chisum has apologized to the Anti-Defamation League for giving colleagues a document that contains what the league called “outrageous anti-Semitic material.”
The Pampa Republican sent a letter late today to the North Texas-Oklahoma office of the league, which works to eradicate hatred of Jews and other minorities.
“I certainly meant no harm or disrespect for the religious views held by any person or group and for having done so, I am truly sorry,” Mr. Chisum wrote.
Mr. Chisum said his colleague of 18 years in the Legislature, former Rep. Steve Wolens, D-Dallas, who is Jewish, could confirm that Mr. Chisum is not a bigot.
Mr. Wolens did just that Friday. Continue.
Evolution Memo Prompts Call for Apology
Townhall.com via TheFreeLibrary.com, February 18, 2007
A Jewish organization is demanding an apology from a Georgia legislator for a memo that says the teaching of evolution should be banned because it is a myth propagated by an ancient Jewish sect.
State Rep. Ben Bridges denies writing the memo, which attributes the Big Bang theory to Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism.
Bridges has long opposed the teaching of evolution in Georgia classrooms and has introduced legislation requiring only that "scientific fact" be taught.
Marshall Hall, president of the Fair Education Foundation, says the Republican lawmaker gave him approval to write the memo, which has been distributed to legislators in several states, including California and Texas. Continue.
A Teacher on the Front Line as Faith and Science Clash
by Amy Harmon, New York Times, August 23, 2008
In February, the Florida Department of Education modified its standards to explicitly require, for the first time, the state’s public schools to teach evolution, calling it “the organizing principle of life science.” Spurred in part by legal rulings against school districts seeking to favor religious versions of natural history, over a dozen other states have also given more emphasis in recent years to what has long been the scientific consensus: that all of the diverse life forms on Earth descended from a common ancestor, through a process of mutation and natural selection, over billions of years.
But in a nation where evangelical Protestantism and other religious traditions stress a literal reading of the biblical description of God’s individually creating each species, students often arrive at school fearing that evolution, and perhaps science itself, is hostile to their faith. Click here, please.
Rock of Ages, Ages of Rock
By Hanna Rosin, New York Times Magazine, November 25, 2007
Rosin, author of God's Harvard, about Christian dominionist Patrick Henry College, reports on the emergence of an academic cadre of creationists: "Creationist geologists are thriving, paradoxically, at a moment when evangelicals are becoming more educated, more prosperous and more open to scientific progress. And though they are a lonely few among Christian academics, they have an influence far out of proportion to their numbers. They have just opened a state-of-the-art $27 million museum in Kentucky, and they dominate the Christian publishing industry, serving as the credentialed experts for the nearly half of Americans who believe in some version of a young earth. In a sense, they represent the fundamentalist avant-garde; unlike previous generations of conservative Christians, they don’t see the need to choose between mainstream science and Biblical literalism." Click here.
When Night Falls at School, Should Darwin Go Home?
By Robin Finn, New York Times, November 25, 2007
The return of an adult-education class on "creation science" in the Northport, Long Island, New York, school district teaching creationism may provoke litigation. Continue.
Debate evolves into religious discussion
CNN, June 6, 2007
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) -- During the first GOP presidential debate last month in California, three Republican candidates raised eyebrows by indicating they did not subscribe to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
When the topic came up again Tuesday night in a CNN-sponsored debate in New Hampshire, one of those evolution skeptics, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, offered a spirited defense of the biblical creation narrative.
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth," said Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister. "A person either believes that God created the process or believes that it was an accident and that it just happened all on its own." Continue.
SBC Leader Terms Theistic Evolution a Lie
Bob Allen, Ethics Daily.com, June 7, 2007
Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler said last week on his call-in radio show that theistic evolution--the middle ground between belief in evolution and that God created the world directly--is a "lie"--and that Christians can't have it both ways.
Commenting on the media's surprise after three Republican presidential candidates indicated in a recent debate they reject evolution and protests surrounding opening of a "Creation Museum" near Cincinnati, Mohler read an e-mail on Friday's "Albert Mohler Radio Program" he said he received in response to something he recently wrote.
"Why do you insist on driving people away from organized religion?" the e-mail said. "I am a 60-year-old Baptist chemist, science educator, Sunday-school teacher, parent and grandparent. I believe in evolution, the how of life, and I believe in God, the why of life, and see no conflict in these beliefs. I understand that God had a hand in creation of the world and all the life in the world, and science helps us to understand more about those processes every day. When organized religion forces me to choose religion or science, I will no longer participate in organized religion. This is just one more reason that young adults are rejecting organized religion." Continue.
Leading Advocate of Intelligent Design Is Denied Tenure at Iowa State U.
Chronicle of Higher Education Blog, May 15, 2007
Iowa State University has denied tenure to Guillermo Gonzalez, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy who has been a prominent supporter of the idea of intelligent design. Mr. Gonzalez is appealing the university’s decision, according to an unusual news release issued by the university to explain its action. The release states that every level of review, from the departmental committee to the provost, determined that Mr. Gonzalez should not be awarded tenure. Continue.
Iowa State Silencing Intelligent Design Professor
By Jason T. Christy, The Church Report, May 2007
Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez is not your average scientist. Dr. Gonzalez is an assistant professor of astronomy at Iowa State University and is a highly regarded academic in his field. Additionally, he is a published author and was found to have the highest test scores among the entire faculty at Iowa State, this according to the Smithsonian / NASA Astrophysics Data System, which measure the individual impact of scientists in astronomy.
Dr. Gonzalez is no ordinary professor; he also assisted in discovery of two new planets, helped build technology that discovered extra solar planets and even found time to write a college textbook. Dr. Gonzalez is not your average professor - he also believes in intelligent design.
Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez with a resume that includes publishing books, discovering planets and the highest achievement levels among your colleagues, it would seem that Dr. Gonzalez should be on the path to tenure. However, Iowa State University, in an attempt to silence and discredit the esteemed author/professor, who wrote a book entitled Privileged Planet where he asserts that there is evidence for design in the universe, has denied Dr. Gonzalez tenure. Continue.
School Accused of Denying Professor Tenure Over Intelligent Design Beliefs
By Doug Huntington, Christian Post, May 15 2007
A collaboration of Intelligent Design (ID)supporters has accused Iowa State University (ISU) of denying tenure to one of its professors despite his surpassing of benchmark requirements that would “ordinarily” demonstrate “excellence sufficient to lead to a national or international reputation.”
The Discovery Institute has voiced frustration over the refusal because it believes the school rejected the application of Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, author of The Privileged Planet, due to his promotion of ID thought. The organization is accusing ISU of being biased and extremist against ID “theory.”
“The denial of tenure to Dr. Gonzalez is a blatant violation of both academic freedom and free speech,” said Dr. John G. West, associate director of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, in a statement. “The denial of tenure is all the more incredible given the fact that Dr. Gonzalez exceeds by 350 percent the number of peer-reviewed journal publications required by his department to meet its standard of excellence in research.” Continue.
McCain To Deliver Keynote Speech For Creationists
Think Progress, February 12, 2007
Today is Darwin Day, commemorating the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and of the publishing of On the Origin of Species. The National Academy of Sciences, “the nation’s most prestigious scientific organization,” declares evolution “one of the strongest and most useful scientific theories we have.” President Bush’s science adviser John Marburger calls it “the cornerstone of modern biology.”
Yet, on February 23, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will be the keynote speaker for the most prominent creationism advocacy group in the country. The Discovery Institute, a religious right think-tank, is well-known for its strong opposition to evolutionary biology and its advocacy for “intelligent design.” The institute’s main financial backer, savings and loan heir Howard Ahmanson, spent 20 years on the board of the Chalcedon Foundation, “a theocratic outfit that advocates the replacement of American civil law with biblical law.” Continue.
Churches Reconcile Evolution, Creation Ahead of Darwin's Birthday
By Michelle Vu, Christian Post, February 12, 2007
Evolution and creation, two belief systems often pitted against one another, were celebrated side by side in hundreds of churches on Evolution Sunday.
“Science answers the questions ‘How ...?’ Religion answers the question ‘Why …?’” said Rev. Noreen Suriner, pastor of Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church in Binghamton, N.Y, according to the Press & Sun-Bulletin. “They are two different questions, but they are not mutually exclusive. We can embrace both.”
As many as 596 congregations in 50 states had opted to celebrate Evolution Sunday, according to organizers of the observance. Continue.
Author/Evangelist Offers Help in Responding to Atheists, Evolutionists
By Allie Martin AgapePress December 27, 2006
A well-known evangelist and Christian television show host is trying to equip believers to respond effectively to atheists.
In his book Intelligent Design vs. Evolution: Letters to an Atheist, Ray Comfort uses actual e-mails between himself and an atheist that took place several years ago. When the atheist inquired why Comfort did not accept "scientific facts" supporting the theory of evolution, the evangelist responded that there was more proof that the world is flat. That interchange eventually led to Comfort's writing of the book. Continue.
The Education Issue
Commentary by Paul A. Hanle, The Washington Post, October 1, 2006
I recently addressed a group of French engineering graduate students who were visiting Washington from the prestigious School of Mines in Paris. After encouraging them to teach biotechnology in French high schools, I expected the standard queries on teaching methods or training. Instead, a bright young student asked bluntly: "How can you teach biotechnology in this country when you don't even accept evolution?" Continue.
The "Evolution" of Creationism
Timeline: how creationism has "evolved"
People for the American Way, September 2006
Pardon the irony, but creationism is evolving. To be sure, the goal of the movement, to force public schools to teach certain religious beliefs as science, has never wavered. But the movement’s strategies and methods have evolved over time in an effort to adapt to new conditions.
These strategies have changed for two reasons. First, the Supreme Court has made clear that it is unconstitutional for public schools to teach religious belief as science. Second, and just as important, Americans have come to understand the important role science education plays in our country’s security and international competitiveness. Continue.
Fundie D. James Kennedy's 'special' on Darwin and Hitler
Pam's House Blend, August 23, 2006
More flaming piles of dung-infused propaganda from the flat earth society -- D. James Kennedy, the Talibangelist titan of Florida-based Coral Ridge Ministries (and the Center for "Christian" Statesmanship) will attempt to give evolution a 60-minute beat-down this week with his TV special, Darwin's Deadly Legacy. He's going to tie the evil perpetrated by Hitler to his belief in evolution, thus, of course, extending the evil to the theory of evolution itself. Continue
TV special links Darwinism with Hitler, other atrocities
By Michael Foust, Baptist Press, Aug 24, 2006
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A new documentary by a prominent Christian ministry links Darwinian evolution with the Holocaust, Columbine and other horrific events, arguing that the removal of God from scientific thought has had devastating consequences.
"Darwin's Deadly Legacy" will air Aug. 26-27 nationwide on television during Coral Ridge Ministries' "Coral Ridge Hour," and thereafter will be available on DVD. Coral Ridge Ministries President D. James Kennedy is the host. Continue
'Spaghetti Monster' is noodling around with faith
Is the world ready for The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY, March 27, 2006
"Worship of the Flying Spaghetti Monster — 'Pastafarianism' as it is known to its adherents — began as a whimsical side dish in last year's standoff between advocates of evolution and intelligent design. FSM, as it is known to its followers, took shape in a protest letter to Kansas officials who were embroiled in a controversy about how to teach students about the origins of life. The parody religion leapt from those pages to become an Internet phenomenon, finding fans among supporters of the theory of evolution —— and receiving e-mailed threats of bodily harm from evolution's opponents." Vergano talks with FSM founder Bobby Henderson, whose book, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, comes out March 28th. Click here
Ann Coulter's "Flatulent Raccoon Theory"
Ann Coulter's Godless: The Church of Liberalism Evolution Misinformation
Robert Savillo, Media Matters for America, July 7, 2006
In her book Godless: The Church of Liberalism (Crown Forum, June 2006), right-wing pundit Ann Coulter devotes two chapters to a bizarre attempt to disprove the theory of evolution. With a mix of misleading claims, pseudo-scientific arguments, distortions of evolutionary theory, and outright falsehoods, Coulter places herself not only outside the mainstream but truly toward the lunatic fringe. After all, no reasonable person argues that one cannot believe in God and simultaneously accept the findings of decades of accumulated research on evolution. Yet, Coulter appears to believe that in order to prove that liberals are "godless," she must attack evolutionary theory itself.
Though she stops short of saying that the earth is 6,000 years old and Adam and Eve rode through the Garden of Eden on the backs of dinosaurs, in her quest to disprove evolutionary theory, Coulter echoes the arguments of the creationists from whom even many religious conservatives distanced themselves long ago. Continue
ICR Hopes Online Master's Will Create Science Teachers with Biblical Worldview
By Jim Brown, Agape Press via Faith News Network, May 11, 2006
(AgapePress) - A well-known creationist group is now offering an online master's program for science teachers. Through the Internet-based curriculum, the California-based Institute for Creation Research (ICR) is hoping to reach out to more educators and create a network of science teachers.
Those teachers who enroll in the program will learn how to design grade-level appropriate science lessons and help their students discern between the evolutionary and biblical worldviews of science. The 11-course program includes a core comprised of science education, educational psychology, curriculum design and research courses; prescribed electives in specific areas of science, including astronomy, ecology, physics and geology; and two electives of the student's choice. Continue
Creationism believer joins state board
By Annie Hall, Cincinnati Enquirer, January 4, 2007
COLUMBUS - In one of the quietest, most overlooked elections on Nov. 7, an amazing thing happened in an Ohio state school board race in Southwest Ohio. A little-known West Chester mom who'd never won elected public office knocked off an incumbent.
Susan Haverkos, who spent $3,500 of her own money on her campaign, defeated school board member Tom Gunlock and two other opponents. Gunlock and the other candidates each spent three times as much, according to the Secretary of State's Office.
Haverkos emphasized support for teaching intelligent design in 10th-grade science classes - an issue over which the 19-member board has clashed.Continue.
Evolution backers in 2 states win seats on education boards
By The Associated Press via First Amendment Center, November 8, 2006
An Ohio board of education member who vocally supported teaching evidence against evolution alongside evidence supporting the theory has lost her bid for re-election.
Meanwhile in Kansas, moderates, who plan to get rid of anti-evolution standards forced onto Kansas schools, had to settle for a 6-4 majority after failing to unseat two incumbent conservatives in yesterday’s elections. Continue.
Evolution in Ohio board of education races
National Center for Science Education, November 8, 2006
In a closely watched race, Tom Sawyer handily defeated incumbent Deborah Owens-Fink for the District 7 seat on the Ohio state board of education. Evolution education was a key issue in the race; on the board, Owens-Fink consistently supported antievolution measures, including the "Critical Analysis of Evolution" model lesson plan, which was rescinded by the board in February 2006, and dismissed the National Academy of Sciences as "a group of so-called scientists." Defending her stance to The New York Times (October 26, 2006), she described the idea that there is a scientific consensus on evolution as "laughable." Continue.
Intelligent Design Suffers Further Setback in Midterms
By Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, ScienceNOW Daily News (American Association for the Advancement of Science) via Ontogeny (blog), November 8, 2006
Intelligent design (ID) received a drubbing yesterday, with pro-evolution candidates taking control of the Kansas State Board of Education and strengthening their representation on the Ohio State Board of Education. Many scientists also cheered the defeat of Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), one of the most politically influential supporters of the ID movement. Continue.
Ohio School Board Members Are Considering New Assault On Teaching Of Evolution, Charges Americans United
Church-State Watchdog Group Files Public Records Request Regarding Proposed Changes To State Science Standards
News Release, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, July 12, 2006
Some members of the Ohio Board of Education appear to be preparing for another assault on the teaching of evolution in public schools, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Continue
State drops analysis of evolution
Reversal represents a setback to backers of intelligent design in science classes
By Catherine Candisky, The Columbus Dispatch, February 15, 2006
"The State Board of Education yesterday stripped controversial provisions from science standards that critics said promoted the teaching of intelligent design...
"The reversal marked another setback for the intelligent-design movement, which holds that some life forms are too complex to be explained by Darwin’s theory of evolution and that a higher authority must have played a role. In December, a federal judge ruled that the Dover, Pa., school board violated the constitutional separation of church and state by ordering that students be taught intelligent design." Click here to read the report.
See also: our section on the Dover school district "intelligent design" case. (Click here.)
Americans United Lauds Ohio Board For Correcting Science Standards
Watchdog Group Calls Action A Victory For Students
News release, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, February 15, 2006.
Americans United, which worked with Ohio Citizens for Science for the removal of anti-evolution material from school science standards, hailed the education board's action as "another blow to the Religious Right-fueled movement to push ID as science". Click here for the news release.
The "Wedge" Document says objective of "intelligent design" campaign is science "consonant" with Christianity
Leading "intelligent design" organization's document shows plan to supplant teaching of evolution
This 1998 document was produced by the Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture, which is leading the campaign to impose the religious-based theory of "intelligent design" on science teaching in public schools. The document has circulated on the Internet for several years and is frequently described as a funding proposal. We are struck by the writers' emphasis on strategy and tactics for displacing evolution rather than shoring up intelligent design, which is frequently disparaged as "creationism dressed up in a tuxedo." Wedge is the strategic centerpiece:
The social consequences of materialism have been devastating. As symptoms, those consequences are certainly worth treating. However, we are convinced that in order to defeat materialism, we must cut it off at its source. That source is scientific materialism. This is precisely our strategy. If we view the predominant materialistic science as a giant tree, our strategy is intended to function as a "wedge" that, while relatively small, can split the trunk when applied at its weakest points.
To read the Wedge Document, please click here. To verify the Wedge document's autenticity, you may wish to click to a news report on the Discovery Institute's own website that mentions the 1999 "wedge" fundraising document. The document also gets critical scrutiny in the book review below.
The Case Against Intelligent Design
The Faith That Dare Not Speak Its Name
By Jerry Coyne, The New Republic, August 11, 2005
A book review of the intelligent design textbook 'Of Pandas and People,' by Percival Davis and Dean H. Kenyon (Haughton Publishing Company, 170 pp., $24.95)
Step by step, in this review, Coyne demolishes the premises and contentions of "intelligent design." Additionally, he demonstrates, in the words of the leading "ID" proponents, how it is really Bible-based creationism -- a religious agenda rather than a scientific pursuit. Click here to read the review.
Politicized Scholars Put Evolution on the Defensive
By Jodie Wilgoren, The New York Times, August 21, 2005
In her detailed report on the leading purveyor of "intelligent design," the Discovery Institute, Wilgoren writes that "since the presidential election last fall, the movement has made inroads and evolution has emerged as one of the country's fiercest cultural battlefronts, with the National Center for Science Education tracking 78 clashes in 31 states, more than twice the typical number of incidents. Discovery leaders have been at the heart of the highest-profile developments: helping a Roman Catholic cardinal place an opinion article in The New York Times in which he sought to distance the church from evolution; showing its film promoting design and purpose in the universe at the Smithsonian; and lobbying the Kansas Board of Education in May to require criticism of evolution. Click here to read the report
Forrest Wilder, The Texas Observer, August 3, 2007
You may have evolved from a monkey, but Rick Perry sure didn't! Our enlightened Guv - global warming denier, former Aggie Yell Leader, and Ted Nugent fan - has been on the record for years as a believer in "Intelligent Design," the hottest new version of Creationism. When Perry was running for re-election last year a spokesman said that while the Governor was in favor of teaching ID in Texas classrooms "much as the theory of evolution is now taught," he was not pushing for a statewide curriculum change.
But Perry has found a proxy to carry out his anti-evolution monkey business. Continue.
Intelligent Design belittles God, Vatican director says
Mike Lombard, Catholic Online, January 30, 2006
"Science is and should be seen as 'completely neutral' on the issue of the theistic or atheistic implications of scientific results, says Father George V. Coyne, director of the Vatican Observatory, while noting that 'science and religion are totally separate pursuits.' "Click here to read the article.
Vatican official refutes intelligent design
By Nicole Winfield, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 18, 2005
"The Vatican's chief astronomer said Friday that "intelligent design" isn't science and doesn't belong in science classrooms, the latest high-ranking Roman Catholic official to enter the evolution debate in the United States." Click here to read the report
Our Faith in Science
By Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, Op-Ed Article, New York Times, November 12, 2005
The Dalai Lama writes of his long fascination with science and of a mutually beneficial relationship between science and religion. Of Buddhism and science, he says: "If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change. In my view, science and Buddhism share a search for the truth and for understanding reality. By learning from science about aspects of reality where its understanding may be more advanced, I believe that Buddhism enriches its own worldview." Click here to read the op-ed article.
Bush adds his view on evolution debate
He tries to strike balance on whether intelligent design should be taught
By Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel, December 31, 2005
"Bush ... called for a 'vigorous discussion of varying viewpoints in our classrooms' -- a rallying cry frequently used by supporters of intelligent design." Click here to read the report.
Experts debate intelligent design at Boston University
William Dembski and James Trefil were among those in Boston debating the role of ID in high school biology
By Matt Donnelly, Science and Technology News, November 30, 2005
The debate was part of the biannual Great Debate Series, sponsored by the Boston University College of Communication. William Dembski, of the Discovery Institute, is a leading proponent of "intelligent design." James Trefil, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University, is a leading opponent. Click here to go to the report (which also offers video clips of the debate).
Cobb: Appeal not over reinstating stickers
'Bad law' fight had $250,000-plus tab
By Diane R. Stepp, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 21, 2006
Cobb County school board members never intended to place controversial stickers disclaiming evolution back on biology textbooks, but they continued to wage a costly legal battle over four years that cost taxpayers more than a quarter of a million dollars.
On Tuesday, the school district ended the legal wrangle by agreeing to a settlement with parents who had challenged in federal court the board's decision in 2002 to attach stickers on the inside cover of about 35,000 high school biology textbooks saying evolution is "a theory, not a fact." The board placed the stickers in response to parents who viewed evolution as not being compatible with their religious views. Continue.
Attorney Regrets Georgia School Board's Decision to Settle With Darwinists
By Jim Brown, AgapePress via JournalChretein.com, December 27, 2006
A constitutional attorney is expressing disappointment over a Georgia school district's decision to drop its efforts to expose students to the debate surrounding Darwinian evolution. The Cobb County School Board has abandoned its fight for a warning sticker in its biology textbooks that called evolution "a theory, not a fact."
In addition, the Cobb County School District's warning stickers stated that the material on evolution contained in the science textbooks "should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered." But despite what many supporters considered the accuracy and reasonableness of the stickers, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit on behalf of some local parents, arguing that the evolution disclaimer violated the so-called "separation of church and state," because the warning -- according to the plaintiffs' pretrial brief -- "singles out one scientific theory for disfavored treatment and supports religious theories." Continue.
Conservative win: Court tosses out evolution ruling in Georgia
By Erin Roach, Baptist Press, May 26, 2006
ATLANTA (BP)--A federal appeals court May 25 rejected a lower court ruling on the constitutionality of evolution disclaimers in the form of stickers in 35,000 textbooks in a Cobb County, Ga., school district, vacating the decision based on insufficient evidence.
The three-judge panel for the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta unanimously concluded that the case needed to return to U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper because “unfilled gaps in the record” kept them from understanding how Cooper arrived at his decision in January 2005. Continue
Warning Label on Darwin Sows Division in Suburbia
Parents in Cobb County, Ga., Clash Over Sticker
By Peter Whoriskey, The Washington Post, December 11, 2005
"Like others who adhere to a literal reading of the Book of Genesis, [Marjorie] Rogers, a lawyer, believes that Earth is several thousand years old, while most scientists, basing their estimates on the radioactive decay of rock samples, say the planet is billions of years old.
"Rogers soon began a quest to challenge what she sees as educators' blind faith in evolution. It evoked a groundswell of support from other residents of this affluent suburb of high-tech office parks and shopping malls, and it pushed the county school board to put warning labels on biology textbooks saying that evolution 'is a theory, not a fact.'" Click here to read the report.
South Carolina Approves Guidelines Requiring Critical Analysis of Evolution
Church Report, June 16, 2006
A lawmaker in South Carolina is hailing the approval of new evolutionary biology standards for public high schools. The South Carolina Education Oversight Committee has approved these standards, which require students to "summarize ways that scientists use data from a variety of sources to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory." Continue
The Charlotte Observer, The State, and WIS-TV, December 2005
The state Board of Education voted Wednesday to avoid the debate over teaching creationism in S.C. public schools -- by further studying the issue. Click here to read the reports.
California School District Agrees To Drop Creationism Course, Settle Lawsuit
El Tejon School Officials Agree Not To Offer Controversial Class Again
Americans United for the Separation of Church and state, January 17, 2006
"Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that it has settled a lawsuit over a California school district's decision to teach a course promoting creationism." Click here for the report.
In Lebec, 'Intelligent Design' Class Is History
School officials settle a lawsuit with parents and agree to never again offer such a course
By Ann Simmons, Los Angeles Times, January 18, 2006
"FRESNO - In a second defeat in a month for proponents of teaching "intelligent design" in public schools, a rural school district in Kern County agreed Tuesday to stop a course that had included discussion of a religion-based alternative to evolution.
"As part of a court settlement, Frazier Mountain High School in Lebec will terminate the course one week earlier than planned, and the El Tejon Unified School District agreed never to offer such a course in its classrooms again." Click here to read the report.
Booted Origins Class Not a Good Test
Citizen Link (a website of Focus on the Family), January 20, 2006
Analysis of the Lebec debacle by the Discovery Institute, the Pacific Justice Insitute, and the Institute for Creation Research." Click here for the report
Attorney: AU Intimidated El Tejon Schools Into Dropping Intelligent Design
He Says District Let Itself Be Pressured Into Cutting Constitutionally Valid Class
By Jim Brown, Agape Press via Newsbull.com, January 18, 2006
"Brian Fahling with the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy says the court settlement filed yesterday indicates the 'tyrannical nature' of people like Barry Lynn, who heads Americans United. Members of that group talk a lot and also talk 'a good game about free thought and pluralism in our culture,' the attorney notes, but he feels their actions do not suggest genuine commitment to these ideals.
"'The idea that they would go in and strong-arm an agreement from a school district, essentially, to not teach, for instance, intelligent design in the future, is beyond the pale,' Fahling says. Moreover, he contends, it is questionable 'whether or not the school district actually has the authority to agree not to provide a course that is otherwise well within constitutional bounds.' Click here for the report.
A Fault Line for "Intelligent Design"
By Louis Sahagun and Eric Bailey, Los Angeles Times, January 12, 2006
The school board in Lebec, California, a tiny town on the "Grapevine" -- Interstate 5 as it passes over the mountains that divide Los Angeles from the Central Valley--decided during a New Year's day meeting to immediately begin teaching "intelligent design." The move drew national attention and a lawsuit by parents. Click here to read the report.
California Parents File Suit Over Origins of Life Course
By Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times, January 11, 2006
"A group of parents are suing their small California school district to force it to cancel a four-week high school elective on intelligent design, creationism and evolution that it is offering as a philosophy course." Click here to read the report.
Senate Gives First Blessing To Intelligent Design
KUTV Television (Salt Lake City, Utah), January 20, 2006
"The Utah Senate gave its first blessing Friday to a bill that would make schools teach that evolution is not the only scientific theory about the origins of humans." Click here to read the report.
Utah state senator plans challenge to teaching of evolution
National Center for Science Education, November 23, 2005
Utah Republican Senator Chris Buttars, who has in the past sponsored legislation mandating the teaching of "divine design," is planning new legislation in response to a state education board statement backing the teaching of evolution. To see a report by the National Center for Science Education, please click here.
Buttars plans a bill on evolution
By Jennifer Toomer-Cook, Deseret Morning News, November 17, 2005
"A Utah senator says he has opened a confidential bill file challenging the State Board of Education's position on teaching evolution in public schools - a measure he'll unveil at the conservative Utah Eagle Forum's annual convention just days before the 2006 Legislature begins." Click here to read the report.
Restrain the monkeys: Keep Intelligent Design out of the classroom
John Goodell, Utah Statesman Editorial, January 24, 2006
"Intelligent Design? Why is it not breaking news in peer-reviewed journals like science or nature or evolution? Because it is not science, that's why! Deal with it! If the next generation has any chance at making informed decisions in this complex world; of coming up with advances as important as antibiotics and the micro-processor, we better teach the scientific method right, and keep S.B. 96 where it belongs: On the pulpit and out of the classroom."Click here to read the report.
Mich. Candidate Backs Intelligent Design
Intelligent design becomes issue in Michigan governor's race
By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN Associated Press Writer, CBS News, September 22, 2006
(AP) Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos ignited a controversy that kept blogs, party activists and editorial writers fired up for days when he said he approves of intelligent design being taught along with evolution in science classes.
DeVos, a conservative Christian and the son of Amway founder Richard DeVos Sr., made the comment to The Associated Press on Tuesday during a taped telephone interview on education issues. Continue.
Creationism in Michigan gubernatorial race
National Center for Science Education, September 22, 2006
Creationism emerged as a burning issue in Michigan's gubernatorial race, after Republican candidate Dick DeVos told a questioner at a September 8, 2006, campaign stop that he supported teaching "intelligent design" alongside evolution in the public schools. The questioner, Eric B. Fauman, recounted the exchange in a letter to the editor of the Ann Arbor News (September 14, 2006), commenting, "At a time when our students' science literacy is already significantly below average ... teaching our children sectarian religious beliefs as science can only harm our state's ability to compete internationally." Continue .
Curriculum proposal could spark debate over intelligent design
Mlive.com - "Everyting Michigan," January 28, 2006
"One sentence in a proposed law to establish a statewide curriculum for high schools could spark a debate over whether "intelligent design" should be taught in science classes." Click here to read the report.
Michigan could be next venue for "intelligent design" fight
WZZM Television (Grand Rapids, Michigan), December 20, 2005 (Full text)
"HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gull Lake, Michigan, could be the next venue for the fight over the teaching of "intelligent design" in public schools.
Today, a federal judge in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, banned inclusion of "intelligent design" in biology classes in the Dover schools. The judge said intelligent design amounts to the same thing as creationism and is a religious, not a scientific theory.
The Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor represented the Pennsylvania district. The conservative Christian advocacy group also is backing parents in Gull Lake who oppose the exclusion of intelligent design in the district's science curriculum."
Law center that defended "intelligent design" ponders next move
By Martha Raffaele, PhillyBurbs.com (Levittown, Pennsylvania), January 7, 2006
An attorney with the Thomas More Law Center has threatened to sue the Gull Lake school district to force it to teach "intelligent design." Click here to read the report.
US school boards weigh evolution and intelligent design teaching
By Chris Herlinger, Ecumenical News International, November 15, 2005
"New York (ENI). A controversy about the teaching of "intelligent design" which centres around the idea that the universe is created by a higher power, not referred to specifically as God, is gripping school boards in the United States." Click here to read the report.
Intelligent design bill fails to materialize
Revised proposal mandates 'accuracy in textbooks'
By Robert King, The Indianapolis Star, January 11, 2006
Indiana legislators try an end run around the Dover decision, which barred "intelligent design" from the science curriculum. Click here to read the report.
Editorial: Intelligent design fails readiness test
Our position: Indiana lawmakers should not require the teaching of intelligent design in state's classrooms
Indianapolis Star, December 26, 2005
Noting that at least one state legislator plans to introduce a bill mandating textbooks challenging evolution, despite the Dover Pennsylvania decision, the paper recommends attending to more practical concerns. Click here to read the editorial.
Genesis, Darwin or something in between? Governor's speech brings contentious debate to Kentucky
By Dan Hassert, Cincinnati.com January 14, 2006
Gov. Ernie Fletcher used his state-of-the-state address to recommend teaching "intelligent design" in Kentucky's schools. Click here to read the report.
Creationism: It's not just in Kansas anymore
By Peter Schrag, Sacramento Bee, November 23, 2005
"It was pure coincidence that on the very same day that the Dover board was dumped, the Kansas Board of Education took a big step in the other direction.... Yet if everything's not up to date in Kansas, California isn't immune. Twenty years after creationists ran the last full-scale campaign to write their "science" into California's curriculum, Calvary Chapel School in Murrieta, the Association of Christian Schools International and six students hoping to go to the University of California are suing UC. The charge: that the university, in denying credit for some of the religiously oriented courses the students took and the texts they used, practices 'viewpoint discrimination' and 'hostility toward religion.'" Click here to read Schrag's column.
Some college classes questioning evolution take hold
By Daniel Golden, The Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2005
"Overshadowed by attacks on evolution in high-school science curricula, intelligent design is gaining a precarious and hotly contested foothold in American higher education. Intelligent-design courses have cropped up at the state universities of Minnesota, Georgia and New Mexico, as well as Iowa State, and at private institutions such as Wake Forest and Carnegie Mellon. Most of the courses...are small seminars that don't count for science credit. Many colleges have also hosted lectures by advocates of the doctrine." Click here to read the report.
University of Idaho 'intelligent design' controversy continues
Idaho Statesman, December 10, 2005
University of Idaho president tells of reaction to order that creationism will not be taught in science courses. Click here to read the report.
Panel says intelligent design not scientific
By Jeremy Baron, Daily Pennsylvanian, November 16, 2005
One of the panelists stated: "It's a form of creationism, except that the creator is not named." Click here to read the report.
University of Iowa faculty sign on against intelligent design in science
"More than 150 faculty members at the University of Iowa have signed a statement denouncing the use of intelligent design in science." Continue .
Creationism Promotion In Missouri Public School Violates Constitution, Says Americans United
Church-State Watchdog Group Demands That Potosi Public School District Drop Plans For Creationist Assembly Presentation
News Release, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, May 5, 2006
A Missouri public school district’s plan to sponsor a high school assembly by a creationist lecturer violates the U.S. Constitution and must be dropped, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In a letter today to Superintendent Randy Davis and other school officials, Americans United demanded that the Potosi R-III School District cancel a high school assembly and middle school classroom visits this Monday by Mike Riddle of Answers in Genesis (AIG). AIG is a Kentucky-based fundamentalist Christian ministry that attacks evolution and argues for a literal reading of the biblical Book of Genesis. Continue
The divine irony of 'intelligent design'
By Garret Keizer, Op-Ed, The Los Angeles Times, February 24, 2006
"Advocates of teaching 'intelligent design' aren't giving up, no matter the recent setbacks in California and Pennsylvania. In Utah, Texas, New York and elsewhere, they persist in trying to make science education subservient to a religious worldview. And yet the longer the controversy continues, the more it illustrates their own subservience to science." Click here to read the op-ed
The Evolution of Evil
How could the atrocities of Nazi Germany ever have happened? Darwinism helped set the stage.
Book review by Matt Kaufman, Citizen Link (a Focus on the Family publication), February 2006
In this review of two books -- From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics and Racism in Germany (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) by Richard Weikart, and Doctors from Hell: The Horrific Account of Nazi Experiments on Humans (Sentient Publications, 2005) by Vivien Spitz . -- Kaufman begins with this assertion: "Much as we’d like to think we’re light years away from the Germans of several generations ago, we have disturbing parallels. And one reason may be that we have some of the same ideas circulating among the same social classes—including intellectuals in general and the members of the medical profession in particular. "Click here to read the review.
The Right Frame of Mind
Rebuking the 'Clergy Letter Project'
By Rev. Mark H. Creech, Agape Press, February 24, 2006
"It is most unfortunate so many Christian leaders have concluded that evolution is scientific, whereas creationism and intelligent design are simply religious -- when, in fact, evolution is incapable of being scientifically proven.
"Evolution operates too slowly to be measured. To actually observe the transmutation of one organism to a higher form would presumably take millions of years. No team of scientists could ever make measurements on such an experiment, and, therefore, the matter is beyond the realm of empirical science. Although there is some evidence of small variations in organisms today, there is no way to conclusively prove the changes within the present kinds can eventually metamorphose or actually change into different and higher kinds." Click here for the report.
Intelligent design has local roots
By Betsy Mason, Contra Costa Times, January 29, 2006
"In the battle over teaching intelligent design in public schools, the national spotlight has been on the front lines far from California in places such as Kansas and Pennsylvania. But key soldiers on both sides of the fight live in the [San Francisco] Bay Area." Click here to read the report.
National Public Radio examines claims of discrimination against advocates of "intelligent design"
by Barbara Bradley Hagerty, All Things Considered, November 10, 2005
This long and informative report examines the case of National Institutes of Health scientist and journal editor Richard Sternberg, who published an article by a leading advocate of "intelligent design" and subsequently suffered ostracism by his peers. Haggerty interviews other believers in "intelligent design" who tell her they are afraid to identify themselves. She also interviews critics of "intelligent design" as a religious assault on science. Click here to go to NPR's written report, where you will also find a link to listen to the story, as it was aired.
Robertson claimed "evolutionists worship atheism," evolutionary theory a "cultish religion"
Media Matters for America, December 19, 2005
"Summary: On CBN's The 700 Club, host Pat Robertson claimed that 'the evolutionists worship atheism' and that because 'evolution becomes their religion' it is "an establishment of religion contrary to the First Amendment." Robertson went on to suggest that evolution advocates were 'fanatics,' stating further, 'it is a religion, it is a cult. It is cultish religion.' Click here to for the complete report -- and a video clip of Robertson's statement.
Intelligent design is theology, not science
By Rosemary Roberts, (Greensboro, NC) News-Record, November 25, 2005
Roberts notes creationism's rebirth as "intelligent design," after its shaming in the Scopes trial, and wonders if there will be efforts to mandate its teaching in North Carolina. Click here to read her column.
Op-Ed: Shaking the Foundation of Faith
By Scott M. Liell, New York Times, November 18, 2005
Liell notes that a popular "explanation" for an earthquake near Boston in 1755 was the lightening rods invented by Benjamin Franklin. "Lightning rods meddled with God's usual mode of reprimand, went this line of thinking, causing God to reach for another, more terrible weapon in his arsenal." Drawing a comparison with the recent events in Dover, Pennsylvania, he notes that by no means all believers subscribed to this view, but rather a "specific brand of faith that devalues reason and confers the mantle of infallible, absolute authority upon a leader or a book." Click here to read the op-ed article.
Teaching of Creationism Is Endorsed in New Survey
By Laurie Goodstein, New York Times, August 31, 2005
Eugenie C. Scott, the director of the National Center for Science Education and a prominent defender of evolution, said the findings were not surprising because "Americans react very positively to the fairness or equal time kind of argument. In fact, it's the strongest thing that creationists have got going for them because their science is dismal," Ms. Scott said. "But they do have American culture on their side." Click here to read the report.
Noam Chomsky writes on Creationism/Intelligent Design
ZNet, November 10, 2005
"An old-fashioned conservative would believe in the value of Enlightenment ideals - rationality, critical analysis, freedom of speech, freedom of inquiry - and would try to adapt them to a modern society. The Founding Fathers, children of the Enlightenment, championed those ideals and took pains to create a Constitution that espoused religious freedom yet separated church and state.... In our time, the Bush administration's hostility to scientific inquiry puts the world at risk." Click here to read Prof. Chomsky's essay.
Jews Say 'Feh' to Darwin
The Orthodox Jewish community clashes over intelligent design.
By Mariah Blake, Miami New Times, via Alternet, posted January 4, 2006
A few Orthodox Jewish leaders are embracing "intelligent design" and several of them proclaimed their positions in December 2005 at the Miami International Conference on Torah and Science. Featured at the conference was William Dembski, a leading proponent of "intelligent design." Click here to read the report.
Intelligent Design, road to Theocracy?
by Harry Kurchner , OpEdNews.com, January 21, 2006
"At a time when China has just surpassed us (for the first time ever for any country) in the exportation of IT technology we are going the way of the Islamic world of old (the culture that was once the light of the world)." Click here for the report.
Scholar suggests creationism has place in schools
By Don Walton, Lincoln Journal Star, November 2, 2005
"Intelligent design has an appropriate place in the school curriculum as long as it is taught not as science, but as religious belief, legal scholar Noah Feldman suggested Wednesday" at a University of Nebraska symposium centered on the 1925 Scopes trial. Click here to read the report
First Person: An awesome cover-up
Mark Coppenger, Baptist Press, January 30, 2006
"God created the world, but the opponents of Intelligent Design (ID) would have us believe that, if He did so, He did it without a trace -- or that it would be unscientific to admit that you found His fingerprints on nature." Click here to read commentary.