Tuesday, May 10, 2005


The Kansas State Board of Education wants to change the way evolution is taught in schools. It proposes that Darwinian evolution be described as a theory and that teachers give consideration to “Intelligent Design”: a movement that suggests that life could not have originated randomly and an intelligent mind or deity is the real architect of the universe.

While religious teachings are not permitted in publicly funded schools in the USA (the country is officially secular and there is, in principle, a separation between Church and State) it seems to me that Intelligent Design is nothing more than a tarted up version of Creationism.

The march of fundamentalist Christo-Facism in America is disturbing and these proceedings bear more than a passing resemblance to the 1925 Scopes trial in Dayton, Tennessee, where a high school science teacher was famously convicted of violating a state law forbidding the teaching of evolution.

In any case if Intelligent Design really is behind Life on Earth you’d think it would have come up with something better than the Kansas Board of Education.

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