Posts tagged "intelligent design"

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Science Education is Good. Intellectual Freedom is Good.

The first creationism bill of the year has hit the books in Kentucky, home state of the Creation Museum.  Sponsored by Republican state representative Tim Moore, an Air Force Academy alum, HR 169 would, "use, as permitted by the local school board, other instructional materials to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review...

Science, the State Religion

Young-earth creationist and founder of Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham, is taking the Smithsonian's Natural Museum of Natural History to task for their new Hall of Human Origins.  "The purpose of this exhibit on the origin of man," he writes, "is not only to indoctrinate children and adults in evolution, but also atheism."  Ham,...

“Origins of Life” Dies in Utah

01 March 2006 On Monday, the Utah House of Representatives defeated a bill (similar to one initially approved by the State Senate in January) that would have compelled high school science teachers to include anti-evolution caveats when teaching the subject in class. The New York Times’reports that opposition to the “Origins of Life” bill included the surprising...

Wingspread Declaration

27 January 2006 Scott Jaschik from Inside Higher Ed reports on “The Wingspread Declaration on Religion and Public Life: Engaging Higher Education,” a manifesto-in-progress concerning the role of religion on college campuses. The declaration, written by the Society for Values in Higher Education, calls for colleges to provide students with “religious literacy” across the curriculum, in disciplines...

Salt Lake Evolution

23 January 2006 The Utah Senate initially approved a bill last Friday that would make public school teachers include anti-evolution caveats when teaching the about the origins of life: a position the ACLU, which opposes the bill, has likened to the textbook stickers included in biology textbooks in Cobb County, Georgia. A court later ruled that the...

The Messy, Cosmic Landscape

13 January 2006 “‘I have no need for this hypothesis.’” Through its annual education supplement, The Village Voice investigates another kind of Intelligent Design critic: string theoritician Leonard Susskind, the physicist author of the recent book, The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design, which argues that the anthropic principle — the idea that the...

Philosophy of Design

11 January 2006 Intelligent Design gets set for another trial, with a group of California parents suing a rural high school which introduced the evolution alternative as a philosophy elective. The new case, if it holds up, could force a more nuanced discussion of the merits of I.D., as previous lawsuits have protested the teaching of...

ID News

02 January 2006 Unexpected allies for the Intelligent Design movement: Orthodox Jews.

Intelligent Design Ruling

20 December 2005 U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III has just ruled that teaching Intelligent Design in biology classes, as an alternative to evolution, is unconstitutional, violating the ban on teaching religion in public schools. In a 139-page opinion, Jones declared that several of the school board members of Dover, Pennsylvania had “lied to...

Suburb v. Suburb

12 December 2005 The Washington Post travels to Cobb County, Georgia, the Atlanta suburb with a remarkable proclivity for passing resolutions, filing lawsuits, and getting sued in the name of religious and social culture war issues du jour. This year, no surprise, it’s anti-Darwin stickers in school textbooks — an addition that’s led to a...

Mirecki Resignation

08 December 2005 Disturbing news from Kansas: Paul Mirecki, the University of Kansas professor who became a topic of State Congress discussion and vehement media attacks after sending an email in which he described Intelligent Design as a myth and its proponents as “fundies,” has stepped down from his post as chair of religious studies...