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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Mis-ID On Vote On Intelligent Design

Mike Taylor corrects the misimpression of the Dover vote on "Intelligent Design". He writes:

I was lucky enough to hear from one of the successful School Board candidates to get the whole story. Amazingly enough, I heard her on NPR.

A recap:

The Dover school board voted last year (?) to include the reading of a paragraph about intelligent design in the school’s science classes. It is a fairly innocuous statement about how some believe that the gaps in the fossil record of evolution might suggest some sort of divine intervention, leading to present day species.
Opponents for each school board seat ran against that policy. Their platform was that the reading of that paragraph belonged in a social studies class on philosophy, not in a science class.

The opponents won all seats.

From my perspective, it was a good call by the opponents. I think the previous school board was trying to get the paragraph read in a required class, not an elective class on philosophy.

What annoyed me was that NPR set up the story as “Religious zealots were trying to talk down evolution in Dover, imposing their right wing ideology to inculcate children”… the woman elected to the school board explained that she and the other members were all Christians and they didn’t object to discussions of intelligent design. They just objected to a philosophy discussion in science class.

I got the impression that the NPR interviewer wasn’t expecting that explanation.

-- MTT

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