There was once a time when Kansas was the center of The Controversy between evolution and creationism (see Kansas Flashback: The Crazy Days).
It was back in 2005 when the Kansas State Board of Education, led by Kathy Martin and Connie Morris, actually decided to re-define the meaning of science in Kansas so that it would also include supernatural phenomena — thus allowing creationism to be taught in science class. That was before the Kitzmiller trial began in Dover, when everything started going downhill for the creationists. The next Kansas elections brought in a new Board majority that reversed the creationists’ science standards.
It was also before the spectacular 2006 Florida crusade by Ronda Storms to legislate creationism in Florida, the enactment of a creationism law in 2008 in Louisiana, the recent circus presided over by Don McLeroy in Texas, and this year’s creationist legislation in Tennessee. As a result of those later developments, Kansas has somewhat faded in our memories, but that may not last much longer.
We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Kansas headed toward another evolution debate as school board reviews new science standards, which appears in the Washington Post. The bold font was added by us:
Kansas is headed toward another debate over how evolution is taught in its public schools, with a State Board of Education member saying Friday that science standards under development are “very problematic” for describing the theory as a well-established, core scientific concept.
Oh goodie! No one does it better than Kansas. As we look at the membership of the State Board of Education, we see a lot of familiar names — especially Kathy Martin. We also remember Bacon and Willard as being creationists. There may be others. Back to the news story:
Kansas is now among 26 states helping to draft new science standards alongside the National Research Council, with the goal of creating standard, nationwide guidelines. A first draft became public last month, and the Kansas board is scheduled to hear an update on Tuesday.
Creationists don’t like those standards. Too rational! Let’s read on:
Board member Ken Willard, a Hutchinson Republican, said he’s troubled by the first draft of the proposed standards. In the past, Willard has supported standards for Kansas with material that questions evolution; guidelines that he and other conservatives approved in 2005 were supplanted by the current ones.
Willard said the draft embraces naturalism and secular humanism, which precludes God or another supreme being in considering how the universe works. He said he intends to raise the issue Tuesday.
All right! Kansas is back in action! There’s nothing more entertaining than world-class stupidity in the spotlight. Stay tuned to this blog.
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