Thursday, December 9, 2010

Evolution is safe . . . for now.

When Creationism failed to pass constitutional muster, they moved on to Intelligent Design. When Intelligent Design failed in 2005, they moved on to a new tactic: the textbooks. The Louisiana Family Forum, no doubt a conservative Christian group, lobbied to pass the Louisiana Science Education Act. The act states that it's goals are to “promote critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories.”

Uh oh, I sense trouble. When a conservative Christian group advocates something like "open and objective discussion of scientific theories", you can bet that they want Creationism to be heard. It also doesn't help that the bill focused on "evolution, the origins of life, and global warming". If those aren't some red flags, then I don't know what is.

So, the board was voting on whether or not to purchase a textbook (ironically one written by Ken Miller and Joe Levine, the authors of the biology textbook that sparked the Dover controversy). Thankfully, they chose to purchase Miller/Levine's 6-1. This is good because if Creationist groups win votes like these, then publishers might get the hint that there is a new trend. A little win for evolution goes a long way towards a good scientific education in that sense. It's also good that Texas is having budget issues, because they also passed a measure similar to Louisiana. We don't need them buying massive amounts of textbooks that deny or challenge evolution with a bunch of pseudoscience nonsense.

So, for now, Evolution is safe.

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