Skip to comments.Religious idea forced on classes, court told
Posted on 09/28/2005 11:15:47 PM PDT by Crackingham
Dover Area School District's policy of informing students about intelligent design was the culmination of efforts by some school board members to impose their religious beliefs on students in science class, three Dover Twp. residents testified yesterday.
"I feel they brought a religious idea into the classroom," Tammy Kitzmiller said of the district's policy, which mandates that teachers or administrators inform students that Darwinian evolution is "just a theory" with "gaps" and that "intelligent design is an explanation of origin of life that differs from Darwin's view."
Kitzmiller is one of 11 parents who, with support from the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the school board in an attempt to have the statement eliminated. They argue that it violates the principle of the separation of church and state. The ACLU wants to link religion to the Dover statement and argue that the connection violates the First Amendment ban on establishment of religion. The board's lawyers, from the Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center, have said the statement is not rooted in religion.
"It is absolutely religiously based," said Aralene "Barrie" Callahan, who served on the school board from 1993 to 2003, when she lost her bid for re-election.
Callahan, testifying in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, called intelligent design "clearly religious" and said that a book mentioned in the district's statement, "Of Pandas and People," is "outdated" and "unworthy as a science book."
"Pandas" -- there are 50 copies in the Dover High School library -- raises questions about evolution and offers intelligent design as an alternative. Supporters of intelligent design believe the universe and many living things are so complex that they must have been created by an intelligent, higher being.
Callahan said school board member Alan Bonsell, while at a district-sponsored retreat in March 2003, said he "did not believe in evolution" and that if evolution needs to be part of the science curriculum, it should be balanced out "50-50" with lessons on creationism.
Callahan said her daughter went through 10th-grade science class at Dover without a biology textbook, because the district did not buy copies of the textbook that year. She said when she asked William Buckingham, then a school board member, why the district did not buy the textbook, he replied that it was "laced with Darwinism."
Much like the GAPS in evolutionists heads. Evolution makes as much sense as a junkyard crane randomly trying to put together pieces together with cars parts to make a functioning computer.
Blundering, atheistic boobs. All of em.
Blundering, atheistic boobs. All of em.
If junkyard parts had the habit of mating & producing little junkyard partlets that looked almost exactly like their parents (but a little bit different due to mutations), then you may have a point. But they don't, so you don't.
Since I'm an adult, I won't call you a creationist boob.
Heavens!!! RELIGION???? Oh my!!! In Public schools??? Horrors!!! CREATION??? I think I'll faint!
I always liked the idea that God made the Big Bang.
Can't really find anything in there for anybody to get upset with. There, I have solved the big question, now can I have fries with that burger??
Actually, most life forms are breathtakingly simple:
mix 2 parts booze, one part of hot air, one part of old money, one cup of ambition, a cup of connections, and a cup of leftism - and you get a kennedy. You do not even need to shake and bake. And the design of this recipe is surely not particularly intelligent, either.
Didn't they do this? Isn't it called the Space Station?
Exactly. Also, they are afraid if they admit that any, no matter how finite, portion of their theory is false the whole wall will come tumbling down like dominoes.
HUGE Troll alert!!!!!
I suppose it depends on where you live and what time you either end the party or get up for work whether we'll call this the late night or the early morning ping.
Does a junkyard crane give birth to and suckle little baby junkyard cranes who grow up to be adult junkyard cranes who then mate and bear little junkyard cranes of their own? If not, then your analogy is a severe display of ignorance that has absolutely nothing to do with the biological process of evolution.
"Oh, but I guess the belief that some guy comes out of nowhere and creates the entire universe makes more sense?
That "some guy" as you so ineptly put it is Father God, and yes it makes all the sense in the world. Amen.
As opposed to a homosexual agenda idea?
Thanks. I'm looking for the right thread to ping for today. I'm keeping this down to one per day. If nothing better turns up, it'll be this thread. I'll decide soon.
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