Thursday, January 12, 2006

Intelligent design challenge in Cali

LA Times: 1st suit in state to attack "Intelligent Design" filed

So ID has gone west to find its fortune. Over the last year, it has been said often, including by ACLU-PA, that ID would not violate Amendment 1 in a philosophy course, but we weren't thinking of The Philosophy of Why Evolution is Nonsense and Creationism Rules.

Dispatches from the Culture Wars has been eyeing this story:
The first syllabus was incredibly blatant in advocating creationism and looks as though it was thrown together on the back of a cocktail napkin. It includes a list of some 19 creationist videos to be shown and not a single resource on evolution to be used. Perhaps the most amusing thing about the original syllabus is that it includes as a speaker "Francis Krich - evolutionist". Apparently, someone recommended to the teacher that she ask Francis Crick, co-discoverer of DNA along with James Watson to speak to the class. Good idea, except for the fact that he's dead.

Dover Part 2, with a twist

The Questionable Authority is also on the case:
First, let's be clear about one thing: this is not a class that is having students "learn about material that some people consider religious." As Casey (Luskin, Discovery Institute attorney) admits, this is a class that "advocates for young-earth creationism and teaches out of the Bible. [emphasis mine]" Advocating for something is not the same as teaching about it.

Second, the young-earth creationist position is not "material that some people consider religious." It is a religious position. You need look no further than the various statements of faith that the different young-earth groups support to see that.

Spinning creationism back into the classroom

Press release from Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Andy in H-burg

6 Comments:

Anonymous Joffan said...

Quote from the LA Times:

Intelligent design holds that some biological systems are so complex they could not have evolved through random mutations as the vast majority of biologists teach.

I'm tempted to say that the creationism advocates have won an important battle in the (popular) definition of evolution. Evolution is not "random mutations". Evolution is natural selection acting on a varied population. [The other key is that the variations are heritable.] "Random mutations" are a tiny part of this picture, feeding the variability as natural selection slowly reduces it. As long as evolution is described as "random" it's perfectly understandable why people will reject it.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Joffan said...

A longer entry in the LA times here:http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lebec12jan12,1,1225565.story?coll=la-headlines-california&ctrack=1&cset=true which again goes for "random" and now makes it sound like just Darwin's idea:

Intelligent design holds that some biological systems are so complex they could not have evolved through random mutations, as Darwin theorized...

Can someone local write a pointed letter to the LA times please?

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

SO WHAT IS IT WITH THE CAN’T PRAY LAW?

The TEN COMMANDMENTS BEING DISPLAYED IS FREE EXERCISE OF THIS COUNTRIES RELIGIOUS
FREEDOM IT WAS FOUNDED ON!!!!

HMMMMMMMMMMM.

If I read this right, then our own government has BROKEN the law of the Constitution, by making a law against prayer, display of the Ten Commandments, display of the Nativity scene which is this NATION’S exercise of the religion it was founded on!
These NEW LAWS PROHIBIT!!!

THIS NATION WAS FOUNDED ON THE WORD OF GOD! THAT YOU CANNOT DENY!!!!!!!!
WE DO NOT WANT TO BE LIKE OTHER COUNTRIES!!!!!! GODLESS!

THE WHOLE POINT OF LEAVING ENGLAND AND FOUNDING THIS NATION WAS FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM!

We PETITION the Court for a REDRESS of GRIEVANCES!!

TO PRAY ANYWHERE & EVERYWHERE!

TO DISPLAY THE TEN COMMANDMENTS in ALL BUILDINGS ANYWHERE & EVERYWHERE WE CHOOSE!

TO DISPLAY THE NATIVITY SCENE ANYWHERE & EVERYWHERE WE CHOOSE!

TOO LONG WE HAVE ALLOWED THE GODLESS TO DICTATE TO US!
NO MORE!!!!
IT STOPS HERE & NOW!!!!

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet, right here, our own annon is a perfect example of "random mutations."

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see Calif. opted out of teaching ID anywhere, in any class at anytime. Two down.

4:45 PM  
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