Reports Differ on Kansas Evolution Debates
How is the debate over evolution in Kansas going? It depends on whom you ask. MSNBC News focused on personal attacks between board members (see also the Lexington Herald-Leader). The Discovery Institute, by contrast, focused on the content of the new proposed standards that allows a “common-sense” approach for teaching all the science about evolution, including the problems with Darwin’s theory.
MSNBC’s title suggests that both sides are bickering, claiming “School board members hurl insults at each other.” But if you look into the article, the only ones hurling insults are the evolutionists; the other side is just putting up their shields. All Connie Morris said was, after being insulted, “Had you attended, you would have been informed. You would be sitting here as informed individuals and not arrogantly calling us dupes.” The article claims Morris mentioned the moderates by name in print, but does not say she insulted them like the Darwinists did; she only derided evolution itself, the article says. The evolutionists, though, called the conservatives “dupes” of intelligent design advocates and their decision based on “absolute and total fraud.” Judge for yourself which side is acting with civility and responsibility.
The majority conservatives had invited the pro-evolution moderates to come to the hearings, but they wouldn’t. The Darwin Party could have contributed to the discussion, but chose to sit and pout. If they had been listening, they would realize that the Board is taking no position on intelligent design. The new standards are very mild. They do not call for teaching creation or intelligent design, but only for permitting critical thinking about evolution such that it is treated like any other scientific theory, not like a sacred cow. No advocates of a scientific theory would worry about that unless their position was weak.