Michigan might be the next IDiot battleground.

Michigan may be the next front in the fight to get Intelligent Design taught in schools according to this Detroit Free Press article. Not surprising consider that Ann Arbor is home to the Thomas More Law Center which defended the Dover school board in its recent court battle. The case in question could arise from a couple of teachers in a local district who took it upon themselves to include ID into their school’s curriculum:

The Michigan teachers, Julie Olson and Dawn Wenzel, included the book “Of Pandas and People,” which advocates intelligent design, on Gull Lake’s annual textbook list. The teachers also added a lesson involving the book to the district’s science curriculum.

The school board approved both, and the teachers taught intelligent design to middle school students for two years until a parent complained in the fall of 2004. That’s when the district ordered the teachers to stop.

The superintendent said board members approved the overall book list and curriculum and didn’t realize they were also approving something that included intelligent design. But the Thomas More Center maintained the district had approved teaching the controversial lessons, and it threatened to sue.

The IDiotsfolks at TMLC haven’t said if they’re going to follow through on their threat as of yet as they’re still stinging pretty bad from the royal bitch-slapping they took from Judge Jones in PA:

Center president and chief counsel Richard Thompson said he would like to appeal the Pennsylvania decision, but it was up to the Dover school board, which indicated Tuesday it likely would not appeal.

“What this really looks like is an ad hominem attack on scientists who happen to believe in God,” Thompson said of Jones’ ruling. Thompson is a former Oakland County prosecutor

Apparently the judgment I read and the one Mr. Thompson read must be two different documents as the one I saw was a pretty well reasoned rebuke of the claim that ID is science that deserves to be taught alongside Evolution in science classrooms.

12 thoughts on “Michigan might be the next IDiot battleground.

  1. ID a science? 

    *sigh*

    Another example that dishonesty, manipulation and factual fabrication are the underlying fabric of the religious right.

    *sigh*

    And further to that, an example that there must be a significant inferiority complex afoot here.  100 years ago you’d not likely find a “true believer

  2. I keep hearing the argument from TM’s that ID can be taught because it doesn’t conflict with scientific teachings of evolution.

    That is a baseless argument and Judge Jones was wrong for even leaving the door open.  At this juncture the objective of True Believers is to merely cloud the issue.

    First and foremost, does ID contribute anything to the educational process and the scientific community?  If so, does the benefit of teaching of an otherworldly designer warrant taking time away from other course material?

    …there was no fundamental conflict between the theory of evolution and a belief in a creator.

    True. Based on Jones’ words I would say that there’ no fundamental conflict between my shower and my transmission either.  ID and science cannot be taught side by side because at the end of all the arguments, one is science and one is philosophy.

    Be thankful Les.  A school down here in Texas just voted to abandon the text put out by the IDiots in favor of the King James Bible.

  3. I don’t know a whole lot about Michigan, but hopefully it’s progressive enough to recognize the transparent aims of IDiots trying to push Creationism—uh, I mean Intelligent Design—into public schools.

  4. Oh Sadie. 10 years ago I would have told you that it was a slam-dunk (then Dubya would have said “good job Paulsie!” and gave me the medal of freedom…) but I don’t know my state so much anymore. When the manufacturing jobs were plentiful the entire cast of Deliverance, the Hills Have Eyes, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre moved here looking for work. All they do is drink, watch Nascar, pay-lip service to Jesus, and worship Bush.

    Progressive? We used to be, but now…

  5. Why would anyone be surprised about this? The ratio of morons to intelligent life in the Midwest is so far off it isn’t funny. Being born and raised in Indiana, I can honestly say I am not surprised at all.  I expect this to be ongoing throughout most of the middle of the U.S.

    They don’t get out much.

    My neighbor in Indy didn’t know that Paris was in Europe, and that Europe was across the OCEAN and not part of this continent. That’s what average American is, y’all.

    ps. I wouldn’t categorize most of the members here as average anything.

  6. I had just always assumed that the Northern states, especially Minnesota, were more progressive than the rest of the Midwest (like Kansas or Indiana).

    All they do is drink, watch Nascar, pay-lip service to Jesus, and worship Bush.

    Yikes. Sounds just like Kansas! I’m glad I got away from it.

  7. Santorum’s desertion of the sinking ship is documented in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

    Rick Santorum on Intelligent Design

    “Therefore, intelligent design is a legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in science classes.”

    – 2002 Washington Times op-ed article

    “I’m not comfortable with intelligent design being taught in the science classroom.”

    – Interview in August on National Public Radio

    “I do not believe it should be required teaching.”

    – Interview yesterday with The Inquirer

    “I thought the Thomas More Law Center made a huge mistake in taking this case and in pushing this case to the extent they did.”

    – from Inquirer interview

    I wonder what other prominent supporters of ID (the Cowboy comes to mind) will say?  Probably nothing.

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