Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Discovery Institute: An editorial in yesterday's Washington Post, 'Nothing Wrong With Kansas' (there are links to related news entries here), contains many inaccurate statements about the Kansas Science Standards and intelligent design.
First, it wrongly frames the Kansas issue as being about intelligent design:
The conservatives regained the majority in 2004 and moved to promote intelligent design -- a challenge to Darwinian theory based not on biblical inerrancy or overt creationism but on purportedly scientific flaws in the theory.
('Nothing Wrong With Kansas,' Washington Post, Sunday, August 6, 2006)
But the standards are not about intelligent design. Not only do they clearly state, 'the Science Curriculum Standards do not include Intelligent Design' (Kansas Science Standards, pg. ii), but the standards only require teaching about scientific criticisms of Neo-Darwinism in a way that does not get into intelligent design (see here for an explanation).
Because the editorial board at The Washington Post mistakenly thinks Kansas is dealing with intelligent design, it then goes on to promote a mistaken and straw version of intelligent design, asserting that ID is all about the supernatural.