Saturday, November 11, 2006

In Ohio School Board Race, Science Trumps "Intelligent Design"

Ohio's scientists flexed some political muscle Tuesday as four pro-evolution candidates they backed captured or retained seats on the state Board of Education.

In the race that drew national attention, Tom Sawyer, a former Akron mayor and 16-year congressman, beat incumbent Deborah Owens Fink nearly 2-1 for a board seat. Also winning seats were pro-evolution candidates John Bender, Deborah Cain and Sam Schloemer.

Voters were treated to the unusual sight of Kenneth Miller, a nationally renowned biologist, stumping like a ward-heeler for pro-evolution candidates, and Pastor Ernie Sanders, an evangelical radio host, blasting Sawyer as a merchant of sin.

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In 2002, the school board adopted science standards that encouraged students to seek evidence for and against evolution. Last February, however, the board rescinded the policy.

Critics of the policy said it was a backdoor attempt to introduce "intelligent design,'' a controversial belief that argues that a higher being designed the complex universe. The belief has been championed by conservative Christian leaders as an alternative to evolutionary theory worthy of being taught in public schools -- creating a "debate" between scientists and non-scientists. It has been fought by supporters of separation of church and state, who see intelligent design as a thinly veiled way to teach religion in public schools.

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The terms of four more appointed board members will expire Dec. 31, enabling the new governor, Democrat Ted Strickland, to either reappoint or replace them.

That means the 19-person board could have eight new members come January and be transformed into a bully pulpit for Strickland-backed policy.

And Strickland, like the Ohio scientists, has no plans to teach "intelligent design" in the state's public schools.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Strickland, like the Ohio scientists, has no plans to teach "intelligent design" in the state's public schools.

God forbid they teach about something factual. But then again what do you expect from our education system of today when the only thing they explore as far as WWII is the internment camps that the EVIL AMERIKA put in place.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

Anonymous said... God forbid they teach about something factual. But then again what do you expect from our education system of today when the only thing they explore as far as WWII is the internment camps that the EVIL AMERIKA put in place.


I may have asked you before but I do not remember your answer.

1. Do you take a flu shot every year? If you do, then why do you if you do not believe in evolution( adaption of species)? If you do not get a flu shot every year you are crazy unless you have an allergy to the serum.

2. If you are afraid of the "Bird Flu" crossing over to human transmission then you must believe in evolution(adaption of the species). If you are not afraid the "bird flu" will cross over, then would assign your allotment of vaccine to me if its beomes available?

3. When GOD created man did he create a dark skinned person who later adapted to a light skinned person or did HE create a light skinned person who later adapted to a dark skinned person or was Adam a light skinned person and Eve a dark skinned person or vise versa and the selection process( an evolutionary process) cause some of their offspring to be light skinned and some to be dark skinned??

Oh, yee smart one, would you give all of us in AMERIKA an explanation or answers to these questions using "intelligent design" facts.

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

the reason anonymous doesn't believe in evolution is because it hasn't happened to him yet. he's still dragging his knuckles on the ground.

6:23 PM  

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