Kansas has become a real battleground state on the issue of teaching the origins of life. Evolutionists--and apparently the New York Times headline writer--see this as 'diluting' what has become the sacred creation myth of the secular:
The hearings by the Kansas State Board of Education- one part science lesson, one part political theater - were set off by proposed changes to Kansas's science standards intended to bring a more critical approach to the teaching of Darwinism. The sessions provided perhaps the highest-profile stage yet for the emerging movement known as intelligent design, which asserts that life is so intricately complex that an architect must be behind it. Critics argue that intelligent design has no basis in science and is another iteration of creationism.
That's right, evolutionists are actually boycotting the hearings, which is the intellectual equivalent of taking your ball and going home. Why are they doing this? Because they're actually being asked as scientists to argue why this one particular theory should be the only view that is presented to our children, why no dissent from any quarter should be brooked.
Scientists, and the press, act as if this is somehow making science class into an in-depth study of Genesis 1-2. But what school boards are considering is not quite so shocking:
If the state board adopts the new standards, as expected, Kansas will join Ohio, which took a similar step in 2002, in requiring that students be taught that there is controversy about evolution. Legislators in Alabama and Georgia have introduced bills this season to allow teachers to challenge Darwin in class....
While the proposed new standards for Kansas do not specifically mention intelligent design, critics contend that the proposed changes will open the door not just for those teachings, but to creationism, which generally holds to the Genesis account of creation.
It's an odd 'science' that will not endure investigation, criticism and scrutiny, but that is exactly what the evolutionist wants. A science class would be a poor one indeed that did not present the theory of evolution to its students. But that same science ought to be a search for truth. Closing the door to debate is the sure way to see that never happens.
UPDATE: Scrappleface finds the Darwinist herd seems to be thinning.