This should be a wake up call for any Texan with children in the school system:
[T]he Texas Education Agency’s Director of Science has been forced out of her job for allegedly not “remaining neutral” over the teaching of evolution in schools. Christine Comer, a former science teacher, had her nine-year stint as Director of Science ended as a result of an e-mail she sent to colleagues, notifying them of an upcoming talk being given by Barbara Forrest. Forrest is the author of Inside Creationism’s Trojan Horse, a book that details the movement to have ID taught as science in America’s Schools.
…creationists are readying themselves for another confrontation in the coming year, when Texas reviews its scientific curriculum. Although the state has taught evolution as fact for the past decade, the new chair of the State Board of Education is a self-proclaimed proponent of ID and it is widely believed that this will be reflected in the upcoming curriculum.Arstechnica
This is what comes of blindly supporting Republicans for the last who knows how many years. Eventually you get government officials whose goals aren’t even recognizable from the perspective of the general population.
Intelligent Design is no more and no less than the latest attempt to re-introduce god into school curriculum, and it must not be allowed to gain a foothold.
Whether or not you subscribe to all things Darwin, evolution or natural selection does explain how the living organisms we see today came to be. Intelligent Design does not.
Intelligent Design proposes a god of the gaps, inserting a creator being where there is no clear evolutionary path from one organism to the next. However, reliance on a creator, a designer, to produce the life we see today, automatically begs the question who created the creator?
If complex life requires a more complex organism to create it, then the creator must have his own creator; etc, etc, ad infinitum.
The only other viable solution to this conundrum is natural selection, evolution. Something that the average biology student can replicate on a test basis using fruit flies. That is science.
God did it is not.
There is no room for creationism at the science table when it comes to teaching children. Leave it at church where it belongs. Send a message to the powers that be this year, tell the TEA hands off our science curriculum, send the fundamentalists packing.