Today's Reason To Drive Out the Bush Regime

Thursday, October 13, 2005

In Harrisburg, Pa., lawyers are in court today arguing whether intelligent design should be taught in biology class alongside evolution.

"Intelligent Design" has no basis in science, does not belong in a science class room, and is widely recognized as a step towards bringing creationism into official curriculum and undermining the fact of evolution. But from the highest offices in the land, including from George Bush, and from the unleashed activism of many local reactionary fundamentalists, the teaching of evolution, science, and critical thought itself is under attack.

At stake is whether a new generation will be trained to understand the real world, science, and the process of evolution and be intellectually equipped to understand and weigh in on some of the most important matters affecting their futures and our planet: global warming, the AIDS pandemic, the dangers of the flu, the repercussions of chemical and biological weapons used in warfare, pollution and damage to the environment, and agriculture.

Across the country, thousands of high school biology teachers already skip the teaching of evolution in order to avoid complaints and controversy. Will we have a future where people are intellectually disarmed, forced to put their heads down, and go along?