Colorado Creationism: The Battle Begins

Colorado appears to be joining The Controversy between evolution and creationism — big time. You may recall that their state legislature briefly considered a goofy, creationism-friendly bill. Fortunately it went nowhere. See: Colorado’s Creationism & Theocracy Bill.

That bill was the effort of one confused state senator, Dave Schultheis. But there’s more going on in Colorado, and we saw it coming. Six months ago we posted Fools Flock to Creationist Revival Meeting, and at the end we said:

On a more sinister note, we suspect that these events are exploited by the Discoveroids as opportunities to build their faith-based network of useful idiots. Don’t be surprised if you see some incredibly stupid bills introduced during the next Colorado legislative session.

It’s creepy to see one of our predictions being fulfilled, at least in part, but that’s what seems to be happening. Colorado is definitely in the game. In the Colorado Statesman, a weekly publication located in Denver, we read Board of Education races upcoming in three districts. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

The November ballot will include elections for three members of the seven-member state Board of Education. The seats are in Congressional District 2, CD 5 and CD 6.

Okay, so far we’ve learned that there’s a statewide Colorado Board of Education. That’s the same kind of tempting target that states like Kansas and Texas have; and those are places where the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) often focus their efforts. Let’s read on:

The only contested race is between two Republicans in CD 6. Attorney and former state legislator Barry Arrington of Centennial, and educator Debora Scheffel of Parker.

District 6 is where the action is. We continue:

Arrington is a native of Texas. He holds a business degree from the University of Texas-Arlington and a law degree from the University of Texas law school. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1987 and has been a CPA and an attorney … . He also is a past president of the Rocky Mountain Family Council and the Colorado Coalition for Children and Families. Arrington represented six of the families whose children were killed at Columbine High School.

Interesting guy. But as we’ve observed before, any organization with the word “Family” in the title is likely to be a creationist outfit — unless it promotes family planning. Here’s more:

Arrington is also known in intelligent design circles; he is a contributing writer and has been the Web master at Uncommon Descent, a blog that serves the intelligent design community.

These things are so predictable. But there’s some confusion here. We’ve found entries for sites with the second word spelled “Dissent” and “Descent,” so we’re not sure what’s going on. Here’s a Wikipedia article about Uncommon Dissent, and that place seems to be a Discoveroid front. On the other hand, here’s a link to a creationist website named: Uncommon Descent, to which Arrington is a contributor.

We don’t know what to make of that, so we’ll just accept that Arrington is an ID guy, as the Statesman says. He seems to be exactly the sort of material that’s been so useful to Discoveroids in other states. Let’s move along with the article:

However, Arrington told The Colorado Statesman that intelligent design, which has been the subject of controversy in some school systems around the country, is not on his agenda and is a separate issue.

Right. It’s best to keep a low profile until creationists have a majority on the board. We’ve seen how that works in other states. Here’s another excerpt:

Arrington told The Statesman he is running for the state board of education because the board is an extraordinarily important body that influences educational decisions for a wide range of issues. “It’s important to have people on the board who believe in parents’ rights, educational choice and education reform,” Arrington said.

Just an all-round great guy with an interest in public service. He has no desire to jam creationism into the schools, and there’s not a hint of any theocratic motivation — not yet. On with the article:

Arrington’s opponent in the congressional district assembly on May 21 is Debora Scheffel of Parker. Scheffel is the dean of the School of Education at Jones International University …

The rest of the article is boring. We’re not told about Scheffel’s views on The Controversy. Here’s her page at Jones International University — an institution we’ve not heard of before. Wikipedia has an article about them: Jones International.

Anyway, it appears to us that the Discoveroids are targeting Colorado. The effort begins with one seat on the state education board. After that, who knows?

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One response to “Colorado Creationism: The Battle Begins

  1. waldteufel

    I’ve read some of Arrington’s drivel. Sometimes I go to Uncommon Descent on days when I want to go intellectually slumming on the dark side.

    He’s about on par with Casey Luskin when it comes to mastery of science and logic.