The Dover, PA school board’s decision to adopt intelligent design has outraged parents enough for them to take the issue to court. 11 parents have sued the school board and the district, claiming that intelligent design is simply an intelligent way of sneaking religion into the classroom.
“You can dress up intelligent design and make it look like science, but it just doesn’t pass muster,” said Mr. Stough, a Republican whose idea of a fun family vacation is visiting fossil beds and natural history museums. “In science class, you don’t say to the students, ‘Is there gravity, or do you think we have rubber bands on our feet?’ ”
Evolution finds that life evolved over billions of years through the processes of mutation and natural selection, without the need for supernatural interventions. It is the foundation of biological science, with no credible challenges within the scientific community. Without it, the plaintiffs say, students could never make sense of topics as varied as AIDS and extinction.
Advocates on both sides of the issue have lined up behind the case, often calling it Scopes II, in reference to the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial that was the last century’s great face-off over evolution.
A meter reader was quoted as saying, “It was just our school board making one small decision, but it was just received with such an uproar.” An obvious example of the lack of understanding of the widespread effect of such a decision. This entire controversy, fueled by the conservative think-tank, was well summed up by Bryan Rehms, a former science teacher in Dover, “There’s no way to have a winner here. The community has already lost, period, by becoming so divided.”
[via NY Times and The BBC]