THIS is a quickie to let you know that the situation we reported on here: Iowa School Board and Michael Behe is still very much alive.
The Des Moines Register has this story: Spencer school district shapes policy on religion. It’s long, but not all that informative.
It seems that the preacher and the pharmacist are well on their way to establishing some kind of religious program in their local schools. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Public school students in Spencer will get to study the Bible and pray at graduation if school district leaders approve a proposed “religious liberties” policy, the first of its kind in Iowa.
The plan calls for elective classes such as “Critic of Darwinism,” which includes arguments against the theory of evolution, and “The Bible in History and Literature.”
Sounds great! It’s not sufficient for the kiddies to hear about Noah’s Ark at home, in church, and in Sunday school. In Spencer, they’ve got to be exposed to it 24/7. It’s the only way to save them from a life of Darwinian degradation.
Spencer officials say they are the first in Iowa to spell out religious freedoms in schools, a concept more popular in Southern states such as Georgia and Texas. The district has not received complaints, but school board member Barb Van Wyk said confusion about religion’s place in schools has created a gag effect.
Van Wyk, an Assemblies of God pastor who co-wrote the religious liberties policy, said her son’s junior high classmates told him it was illegal to read the Bible at school in his free time. “A lot of times students and teachers feel they have to check their faith at the door,” she said. “That is not what the Constitution says.”
Now look, we don’t know what will happen in Spencer. Maybe it’s all going to be fine and constitutional. But even if not, maybe no one will object. Should it work out like that, with everyone happy, then we’re not concerned.
Surprised at our indifference? Are you wondering: Have you no principles, Curmudgeon? Sure we do, but just as we don’t want to ride in with a militia outfit to “rescue” the Amish from their voluntary ways, so too are we willing to leave the good folk of Spencer to follow their own folkways. If they all want to use Jack Chick comics for science texts, it’s up to them.
Unlike some of the others who blog about “the controversy,” our big issue isn’t religion, or even science — it’s freedom. Without that, nothing matters.
One more excerpt:
Spencer’s proposed policy says schools must let students talk about their faith, pray on their own and distribute religious materials if they want to.
This should be interesting. If things go postal, just remember that you heard it here first.
Addendum: Here’s the website of the Spencer School Board. We haven’t looked at anything, but it appears that they have minutes that can be downloaded.
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