Texas fights over textbook adoption are the stuff of legend and once again the argument in the Lone Star State is over teaching evolution in Biology class. On one side is those who teach actual science and on the other, those who want schools to include something called "intelligent design". Some of the better quotes…
The Discovery Institute says several Texas scientists agree with the group that weaknesses in the theory of evolution are being suppressed. Some testified at the hearing, many of them chemical or mechanical engineers rather than biologists. Ide P. Trotter, a chemical engineer from Duncanville, said he believes his training is superior to that of a biologist in finding flaws in Darwin’s theory and the textbooks that teach it.
By that logic I should be pretty good at finding structural problems with the new Wilson bridge.
"In Fort Worth public schools, I learned that all of you are less than human. I was taught that maybe you came from a monkey," said Eddy Parker, adding he doesn’t think the theory of evolution has ever been proved.
Before testifying about the science he learned maybe he should master one of the basic concepts of science: a theory is never proven but can be accepted as valid when there is sufficient evidence.
State Board member Dan Montgomery of Fredericksburg quoted from a newspaper article in which Trotter said, "What is the educational problem today? It is to excite the interest of the students. This is a Jerry Springer world. Controversy is exciting."
Yeah, Jerry Springer is just what we need in the classroom to making things more "exciting".
So, what is "intelligent design"? According to the Discovery Institute’s web site, "The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection."
I cannot comprehend why some people believe that evolutionary theory must, by definition, exclude the existence of God. To my warped little mind, it took quite a bit of intelligence to create and set in motion a process as complicated as natural selection. On top of that, humans received the curiosity and intelligence to uncover that process a little at a time. Well, at least some people did.