Proponents of the “theory” of Intelligent Design scored their first victory of sorts this past Monday when the Dover, Pennsylvania school board voted 6-to-3 in favor of requiring science classes in the district to teach alternative theories to Evolution “including, but not limited to, intelligent design.”
School board member Bill Buckingham is the chief architect of Dover’s newly revised biology curriculum that states “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. Note: Origins of life will not be taught.”
The devout Christian admitted that before presenting the revised curriculum to the board, he had been talking to a conservative Michigan law firm that is interested in defending an intelligent design legal challenge.
The law firm in question is the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, which I’ve mentioned as being a dark stain on Michigan in the past, a group of Christian lawyers with the goal of defending attempts to impose Christian beliefs and values in places they have no business being such as science classrooms. They’ve been itching for some form of test case with regards to Intelligent Design for awhile now and have promised to defend the Dover school district at no charge from any legal challenges it may face. Both the ACLU and Americans United are keeping an eye on the developments and may file a lawsuit challenging the change in policy—a change that was opposed by the science teachers in the district. Taxpayers in Dover could end up seeing their school district waste money defending themselves from the lawsuits as the district would still be liable for the plaintiff’s legal costs should they lose. Buckingham’s response to this possibility was simply, “My response to that is what price is freedom? Sometimes you have to take a stand.”
Of course by wording the change so that Intelligent Design isn’t the only alternative theory that could be taught they’re hoping that’ll be enough to win any legal challenges. The problem being that, as far as I’m aware, there aren’t any other alternative theories to Evolution other than Intelligent Design. On top of that, Intelligent Design isn’t even a proper theory as much as it’s a piss-poor explanation. That won’t stop those Christians who want to have their world view propped up by government, though.