Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The day in Dover

Witness cites anti-evolution bias by school board members:
At a retreat in March 2003, board member Alan Bonsell "expressed he did not believe in evolution and if evolution was part of the biology curriculum, creationism had to be shared 50-50," [former school board member Aralene] Callahan testified.

At another curriculum meeting in June 2004, when she was no longer on the board, Callahan recalled board member Bill Buckingham complaining that a biology book recommended by the administration was "laced with Darwinism."

"They were pretty much downplaying evolution as something that was credible," she said.

In the lawsuit challenging the intelligent design policy, Buckingham was further quoted as saying: "This country was founded on Christianity and our students should be taught as such."
The Pennsylvania ACLU has a blog with regular updates from Dover. For instance, this morning's cross-examination of Brown biologist (and textbook author) Kenneth Miller concluded with questions that:

appeared to be implying that other credible scientists have made statements that could be interpretted as having some elements tied to the supernatural.

When questioned about this in the plaintiff's redirect, Miller stated "just because scientists say something doesn't make it scientific."
Well put. None of this is particularly novel, we knew about these statements by the Board before, and we knew that scientists have said odd things from time to time. You'll note a difference between Crick's comments in 1973 and his seminal work from 1953. "It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material." Testable hypothesis. Tasty.

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