OK and NM Consider Legislation to Fight Creationism Censurship

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Going to public schools in California, I just always assumed that I would not agree with my teacher whenever they taught anything about the origins of life or morality. But when I watched Ben Stein's expose documentary about the censorship of intelligent design theory by the Smithsonian Institution and essentially all of the school and universities in the United States, I realized that I had no idea how much of a problem this was. Several professors and researchers have lost their jobs and been black-listed by the educational community for even showing sympathy for the idea that the universe was organized by an intelligent force.

From CitizenLink.org:

Oklahoma lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow students and instructors to examine views critical of Darwinism.

The Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act allows teachers to present and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of scientific theories. The bill also protects students from being penalized if they want to discuss other opinions.

“We’re simply trying to codify what should be the standard for science education anywhere,” said Dr. Bill Reeves, assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma and vice president for Oklahomans for Better Science Education.

Last year, Louisiana passed an academic-freedom bill. New Mexico has similar legislation pending.

“This is very exciting to see people getting excited about the importance of protecting the rights of teachers to talk about both sides of the evolution debate,” said Casey Luskin, a spokesman for the Discovery Institute.

He said it’s unfortunate legislation is needed in the first place.

“There is a lot of intolerance in the Darwinist community toward those who disagree with their viewpoint,” Luskin said. “They do not want to tolerate people to talk about scientific problems with evolution in public schools.”

Thursday is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.

Josh Montez

1 comments:

Euripides said...

The movie was all right, but there were a few too many straw man arguments for me to be entirely convincing. The scientific community certainly didn't miss them and I think the movie hurt the case with the scientific community rather than helped.

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