Greg Laden reports on a bill submitted to the legislature in New Hampshire that may be the dumbest piece of legislation ever submitted in this country. The proposed bill adds the following language to existing state law:
XXXVII. Theory of Evolution. Require evolution to be taught in the public schools of this state as a theory, including the theorists’ political and ideological viewpoints and their position on the concept of atheism.
Absolutely idiotic. Whose political, ideological and religious viewpoint should be spelled out to the students? Ken Miller and Joe Levine are the authors of the most commonly used biology textbook; one is a Catholic and the other is likely Jewish, at least culturally, though he may be an atheist as well. Both are also “theorists” in the sense that they do original research in evolutionary biology in addition to their textbook writing.
But their textbook includes the work of hundreds of other scientists as well that undoubtedly span the full range of possible political and religious viewpoints. The fact that they all agree that common descent is the only coherent explanation for a vast range of facts despite those ideological differences is all the evidence one should need that such ideologies have no bearing on the scientific question at hand. Simply moronic.
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