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March 22, 2006

Legislature should spurn Kern bill

Can Sally Kern read? Either literacy is a problem for her, or she has simply chosen to ignore the ruling handed down by a U.S. district judge appointed by George W. Bush.

Late last year, Judge John E. Jones barred a Pennsylvania public school district from imposing an “intelligent design” curriculum in biology classes. Based on the evidence, Jones determined that school board members in the Dover district were trying to slip creationism in through the back door, and further, that a couple of the so-called “Christian” board members intent on imposing their own beliefs upon students had also lied under oath.

Promoting her particular brand of religion in the classroom seems to be on the agenda of Kern, a Republican member of the Oklahoma House representing a segment of Oklahoma City residents who are either unfortunate or lazy.

If that bracketing of adjectives seems odd, consider this: If Kern’s constituents want their children to be instructed in the best and latest current scientific theories so as to be prepared for college and the world at-large, they’re unfortunate to have someone of her mentality representing them (see her other proposals for more horrors). If, on the other hand, they agree with her that creationism belongs in the science curriculum, then they may be too lazy to teach their children about intelligent design, or too lazy to take their kids to church, and are therefore expecting some teacher to do it for them.

Kern is another of those extremist politicians who has somehow confused the theory of evolution with atheism or godlessness, and under the circumstances, Oklahoma educators will be relieved to know she was schooled in Texas rather than here. If Kern had done her homework, she’d know Charles Darwin himself didn’t necessarily take a position on what, or whom, got the evolutionary process started; he left that up to others, presumably religious leaders. That’s not a matter of science, however, and Darwin knew it. That’s a matter of faith, and it belongs in the church, not in a public school.

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