Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Hurst v. Newman Is Over

This just in:
Frazier Mountain High School will stop teaching a philosophy class discussing the theory of "intelligent design" this week and won't teach it in the future, said Ayesha N. Khan, legal director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

My earlier posts on this case can be found here and here. The settlement states:
No school over which the School District has authority, including the High School, shall offer, presently or in the future, the course entitled ‘Philosophy of Design’ or ‘Philosophy of Intelligent Design’ or any other course that promotes or endorses creationism, creation science, or intelligent design.

As far as I can tell, no other ideas in the intellectual history of the world were permanently banned. I wonder if any pages from the school's history books (e.g. discussing Greek philosophers) will need to be removed and destroyed. Warnings should now go to history teachers at the school not to assign the original writings of certain historians and philosophers without prior censorship or legal clearance. Teachers will now need to be very careful in discussing current events and answering students' questions.


At January 17, 2006 4:13 PM, Blogger Red Reader said...

ID can't even be taught in a "philosophy" class? Whatever happened to the First Amendment guarantee of "freedom of speech"?

Evolution is a desperate theory. It must reach out and make every other field....conform. Mathematics (throw out proability), Physics (throw out thermodynamics), Law (throw out the First Amendment), Ethics (throw out the 10 Commandments), Morality (lust is "evolutionary" therefore in; love is "spiritual", therefore out), Art (can't study Da Vinci), History (throw out the Declaration of Independence), Political Science (voters can't be trusted; elites must rule), Theology (Genesis is a myth; Jesus cannot have been resurrected), Science (perceptions of design invalid), name a field _____________; I guarantee you it cannot coexist with Darwinian evolution. DE is the be all and end all of what? Everything!. We are now living in Orwellian-ville!


At January 17, 2006 10:01 PM, Blogger Vargas said...

Whaaa? No Da Vinci?! How barbaric! Where's the ACLU when you need them? Oh, right. Too busy defending groups like NAMBLA.

Really, I never thought I'd live to see this kind of persecution in this country.

At January 18, 2006 4:16 AM, Blogger stewie said...

ID supporters, nota bene: The harder you push your agenda (especially before it's been digested by the scientific community), the harder the resistance will push back.

It's a lot like Newton's third law.

By the way, the ACLU is currently busy defending Rush Limbaugh in Florida.

At January 18, 2006 9:15 AM, Anonymous Hedgehogman said...

I guess Greek mythology is now going to be banned next, right?

At January 18, 2006 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

especially before it's been digested by the scientific community

Or the philosophy "community", or any other "community" in which the Gramscian Marxists currently have established a Secular Humanist beachhead.

At January 18, 2006 2:27 PM, Blogger stewie said...

If you'd posed ID as a philosophy in the first place, instead of a scientific fact, you might have gotten away with teaching it in a philosophy class. But now you're trying to relabel ID a philosophy instead of a scientific theory. That makes your intentions - spreading the gospel of ID in whatever means and under whatever heading you can - completely obvious, and we're not falling for it.

Unfortunately, you've poisoned the well by too hastily forcing this issue down the wrong avenue.

Since you originally wanted ID to be taught as science, it should have been left to live or die by its own merits in the scientific community - that is, of course, if you were actually serious about discovering sound science.

At January 18, 2006 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, you've poisoned the well by too hastily forcing this issue down the wrong avenue.

Are you arguing against I.D. or gay marriage?

At January 18, 2006 6:30 PM, Blogger stewie said...

Ha! Very insightful...

(Though I'm completely in favor of Gay marriage)

At January 19, 2006 12:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take note that the Discovery Institute was also opposed to the teaching of this class because it mixed id in with young earth creationism. It also didn't help matters that the teacher of the class said that "this is the course the Lord wants me to teach."


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