The Kansas Board of Education on Tuesday threw out science standards deemed hostile to evolution, undoing the work of Christian conservatives in the ongoing battle over what to teach U.S. public school students about the origins of life.
The board in the central U.S. state voted 6-4 to replace them with teaching standards that mirror the mainstream in science education and eliminate criticisms of evolutionary theory.
It’s about damned time. I wrote an article for Homomojo a couple of years ago when the Kansas board went, um, overboard in mandating the teaching of intelligent design in schools.
The Reuters article goes on to demonstrate exactly the type of thinking evolution proponents are up against:
The Kansas board was criticized by the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, a group that promotes the concept of “intelligent design,” in which an intelligent force — which some proponents would say is God — is said to be probably responsible for some aspects of nature.
“You have a board in Kansas that is so extreme,” said John West, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, adding that evolution supporters were “anti-religious.”
The institute says Darwin’s theories about the survival of the fittest have led some scientists to embrace eugenics and practices such as forced sterilization.
Obviously Mr. West is pointing out the extremists among evolution supporters (who, despite his belief, are not inherently anti-religious.) I could just as easily point out the extremists among proponents of creationism: the crusades, the hunting and execution of homosexuals in the middle east, David Koresh; the list is practically endless. After all, religion is responsible for more instances of eugenics than all other historical reasons combined. But by taking his argument to the extreme Mr. West doesn’t validate his argument, he only points out the extremist that he is.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. NOTHING about evolutionary science precludes the existence of God. The two can, and do, freely coexist.
It’s their extremist proponents who can’t get along.