Saturday, October 07, 2006

 

A smart battle against intelligent design (Paradigm Magazine)

Whithead Institute for Biomedical Research: Paradigm Magazine - Despite a victory in the Dover school board trial, the battle against creationism needs a steady stream of recruits:

For the last 100 years, scientists, teachers and parents have been relying mostly on lawyers to keep religion out of public school science classes in this country. So far, the lawyers have been doing a pretty good job.

But the burden is shifting to the scientists themselves, say experts involved in recent cases defending public school science curricula from anti-evolution revisions. "The buck stops with university professors," says Eugenie Scott (author of "Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction": Amazon UK | US), executive director of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California.

It is tempting for scientists to insist that creationist perspectives should not be dignified with a response, says Richard Katskee, assistant legal director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and one of the four principal lawyers in last year's rout of the Dover, Pennsylvania, school board mandate to teach intelligent design as an alternative to evolution. But the stakes are too big.

Continued at "A smart battle against intelligent design"

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