Wednesday, November 09, 2005

What's the Matter with Kansas?

They're just really, really stupid, I guess. The rest of the world stands by smiling as America systematically demolishes its once unchallenged science leadership, leaving the future to others.

The 6-4 vote was a victory for "intelligent design" advocates who helped draft the standards. Intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power.

Critics of the language charged that it was an attempt to inject God and creationism into public schools in violation of the separation of church and state.

All six of those who voted for the standards were Republicans. Two Republicans and two Democrats voted against them.

"This is a sad day. We're becoming a laughingstock of not only the nation, but of the world, and I hate that," said board member Janet Waugh, a Kansas City Democrat.

Supporters of the standards said they will promote academic freedom. "It gets rid of a lot of dogma that's being taught in the classroom today," said board member John Bacon, an Olathe Republican.

That last comment is especially hilarious. Darwin is not dogma, but scientific theory. "Intelligent design" is dogma.

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