Saturday, May 07, 2005

ID proponents didn't read standards

The "intelligent design" witnesses didn't do much better in their second day of testimony.

Josh Funk in Saturday's Wichita Eagle

None of the eight intelligent design proponents who testified at the State Board of Education's evolution hearings Friday have read the science standards they want changed.

Under cross-examination, all eight admitted they simply read the 28-page "minority report," compiled by eight members of the standards writing committee, and not the full 107-page draft of proposed science standards.

State board member Kathy Martin spoke up during the meeting to reassure University of Georgia professor Russell Carlson that reading the standards wasn't really important.

"Please don't feel bad that you haven't read the whole thing because I haven't read it myself," Martin said

Heard on the radio, the strongest case against ID is that if there were a designer he would have made a better Kansas Board of Education.

Wichita Eagle editorial May 8 Evolution hearings push religious agenda

Here's what the Kansas State Board of Education has been up to in Topeka: hosting a junk science conference underwritten by your tax dollars.

Its aim: to install the fringe views of a small group of religious activists into state science standards.

Does that make you alarmed, even mad? It should.

Because intelligent design has no support -- none -- among the nation's mainstream science community.

It's too insignificant even to be called a minority view.

The "expert witnesses" admitted as much in their testimony, calling their hodgepodge of criticisms and half-baked theology a "young theory" that is not yet developed enough to be admitted into a classroom.

John Hanna, "Kansas board holding evolution hearings" AP

Pedro Luis Irigonegaray Counsel for Mainstream Science Pre-hearing statement

"Kansas Evolves Back" Washington Post May 8

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