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Pennsylvania Parents File First-Ever Challenge to "Intelligent Design" Instruction in Public Schools
"Intelligent Design" is Religious Argument, not Science, Say Parents
On December 1, 2004, House Bill 35 was introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives. (Although the legislature is not in session until January 5, 2005, in Missouri it is possible to "prefile" bills and resolutions in order to expedite legislation.) HB 35 would require that:
All biology textbooks sold to the public schools of the state of Missouri shall have one or more chapters containing a critical analysis of origins.
The controversy over the Dover (Pennsylvania) Area School Board's resolution reading "Students will be made aware of gaps/problems in Darwin's Theory and of other theories of evolution including, but not limited to, intelligent design" continues to reverberate. On November 30, 2004, the San Francisco Chronicle carried a lengthy front page story entitled "Anti-evolution teachings gain foothold in U.S. schools," focusing on the situation in Dover. NCSE's executive director Eugenie C.
Following on the heels of Gallup's latest poll, CBS News recently conducted a poll of public opinion about evolution, creationism, and science education.
A recent article from the Gallup News Service reports on the pollster's latest results concerning public opinion on the evidence for evolution, creationism, and biblical literalism. Because Gallup's polls on public opinion on creationism extend back to 1982, its data are particularly useful. The results are overall consistent with previous polls conducted by Gallup.
Cobb County, Georgia, has been the site of controversy over creationism and evolution off and on for decades. On November 8, 2004, a lawsuit began in the most recent chapter of this district's dissatisfaction with the teaching of evolution.
A small Wisconsin town about sixty miles northeast of Minneapolis is the latest hot-spot in the evolution/creationism controversy. On June 28, 2004, the Grantsburg school board unanimously passed a motion "... to direct our science department to teach all theories of origins." Over the summer, local parents and concerned citizens raised questions about the meaning and purpose of the motion.
Interviewed by The New York Times, Roger Kennedy, a former director of the National Park Service, expressed concern about the presence of the young-earth creationist anthology Grand Canyon: A Different View in the NPS-supervised bookstores in Grand Canyon National Park. Referring to the fact that many visitors to the park will assume that any book sold in the bookstores are approved by the NPS, he remarked: "That's the problem ... and we need to pay attention to it."
On Monday, Oct. 4, the governing council of the Biological Society of Washington issued a new statement regarding the publication of a paper by Intelligent Design advocate and Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture director, Stephen C. Meyer, in the society's journal, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.