Today’s the day in Kansas when voters go to the polls and vote on the State Board of Education members. Will they vote the creationists out?
Well, the NY Times wrote today about how a bi-partisan group of evolutionists are mounting an offensive to the inclusion of creationism:
Less than a year after a conservative Republican majority on the State Board of Education adopted rules for teaching science containing one of the broadest challenges in the nation to DarwinÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s theory of evolution, moderate Republicans and Democrats are mounting a fierce counterattack. They want to retake power and switch the standards back to what they call conventional science.
Even if they don’t get voted out, some heavy hitters are coming to Kansas to debate the issue. Namely the author of The Selfish Gene, Sir Richard Dawkins, will be coming to the University of Kansas this fall to debate the intelligent design crowd.
KU this fall will kick off ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œKnowledge: Faith & Reason,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? a lecture series featuring some of the key players in the evolution and intelligent design debate.
So far, the list of guests is one-sided, according to one critic, because there is only one clear intelligent design proponent.
The series will include lectures from Kenneth Miller, a Brown University biology professor who testified against intelligent design in last yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Dover, Pa., trial, and John E. Jones III, the judge in the Dover case who in his ruling issued a pointed criticism of the intelligent design movement.
The series also will feature Os Guinness, theologian; Richard Dawkins, Oxford University evolutionary biologist and author; and Eugenie Scott, head of the National Center for Science Education.
Let’s hope that they get some more intelligent design people to come and talk so they won’t cry foul.