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Monday, September 26, 2005

He Must Have Been Referring to Spartacus 

Because, as you know, religion doesn't enter into it:
"Nearly 2,000 years ago, someone died on a cross for us," said [Dover Area School District] board member William Buckingham, who urged his colleagues to include intelligent design in ninth-grade science classes. "Shouldn't we have the courage to stand up for him?"
UPDATE: Via Zemblan patriot J.D., a WaPo article with a decent quickie guide to How Evolution Works for them as needs it; the ostensible hook of the piece, that DNA analysis of chimp populations "bolsters the tenets" of evolution theory, will come as news only to those readers who imagine, mistakenly, that the scientific jury is still out.

Zemblan patriot K.Z. forwards a column by Jim Spencer of the Denver Post, who describes a creationist group's "biblically correct" tour of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science ("'What is a Ph.D.?' Carter asked his young charges. 'For an evolutionist, it means Piled Higher and Deeper.'") Meanwhile, with legislators deploring the lack of standards in science education, Colorado's public schools have declared 2005-06 "the year of science." Evolution, however, has yet to find its way onto statewide aptitude tests. It's "one of those loaded phrases," says a member of the state board of education.

On our own initiative we came across a delightful blog entitled Mainstream Baptist, where Dr. Bruce Prescott, president of the Oklahoma Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and executive director of the MOB (Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists), tells a highly amusing story about creationist lecturers and their recurring troubles with fire alarms.

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