Gore: creationism OK

G*rd*n gcf at panix.com
Fri Aug 27 07:52:47 PDT 1999

Max B. Sawicky:
> ...
> Otherwise you are quite right. A concession on this issue could
> be amply rewarded by something much more important in return.
> After all, what's in question is not a national mandate to teach
> creationism, but merely a ratification of what has always been
> the case, more-or-less -- public education is locally controlled.
> In this issue, it comes down to how much trust one puts in
> popular democracy. Follow-up news reports have indicated
> that Kansas teachers are going to go right on doing whatever
> they were doing prior to this flap. ...

I have read the news stories about this set of events only sporadically, but it is my impression that no one in Kansas is commanded not to teach evolution, but only that questions about evolution are to be removed from statewide tests, thus making the teaching of evolution optional rather than required, thus allowing those students who wish to believe in creationism or some other history of the world to continue in their belief. It is "the other side" who are scandalized that belief in evolution is not to be required by the State. It seems, then, that the theocratic shoe is actually on the other foot in this case.


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