Saturday, May 02, 2009

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma...

Little Green Footballs points out that the Tulsa County Republican Convention has enacted, as part of their platform the teaching of creationism in public schools. Item seven under the Education section reads:
7. We believe that the scientific evidence supporting Biblical creation should be included in Oklahoma public schools curricula, and if any evolution theory is taught, that both should receive equal funding, class time, and material. Teachers should have the freedom to cover creation science without fear of intimidation, reprimand, or lack of professional respect.
If that wording looks familiar, it should. The last section about the "freedom to cover creation science" is almost verbatim out of the Discovery Institute's suggested "Academic Freedom Act." And Mr. Taylor is correct. This is the GOP's big problem right now. As long as they continue to hew to the scientifically indefensible creationism as part of the party's platform, they will invite ridicule.

By the way, has anyone noticed that Phase I of the Wedge Document of the Discovery Institute is, effectively, a dead issue? There has been no discernible research or published papers to emanate from the CSC in the last decade.

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