Michigan and Texas: Anti-Evolution Bills

FROM THE Michigan Daily, edited by students at the University of Michigan, we have Creating science, a thoughtful article about currently pending creationist legislation. Excerpts, with bold added for emphasis:

This summer Texas’s state education board is scheduled to determine the curriculum for the next decade, and the most contentious issue will once again be evolution. This time around, creationism comes under the guise of teaching the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution, three words that would have students taught criticism of the theory.

Ah yes, the creepy “strengths and weaknesses” gambit. Continuing

Although such language might seem harmless to some, it is being pushed by many of the same people who spawned intelligent design – the notion that an intelligent creator had designed the universe. Already, the infamous Discovery Institute – the Seattle-based think tank at the heart of that intelligent design dispute – has helped inspire “strengths and weaknesses” legislation in states such as Louisiana and Florida.

That refers to the Discovery Institute, and particularly the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). Continuing:

Now it appears that our own great state [Michigan] has jumped on this bandwagon to the 19th century.

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… reasons why this proposal plunges into the depths of idiocy. For one, our science classes already encourage critical thinking without elevating fringe opinions to a podium equal with the scientific mainstream. But more seriously, this “strengths and weaknesses” strategy is another attempt by the religious right to subvert our education system on issues with which it doesn’t personally agree. Otherwise, why don’t fundamentalists and their socially conservative minions in Lansing argue about the pros and cons of the theory of gravity or quantum physics?

We’ve quoted enough from the article. It’s good. Our only quibble is that enacting a creationist education program isn’t jumping on a “bandwagon to the 19th century,” which was a relatively enlightened time, but more like sliding back to the 10th.

That aside, it’s definitely worth clicking on the link to read the whole thing for yourself.

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