Yay Dover, boo Kansas
Risking the kind of nationwide ridicule it faced six years ago, the Kansas Board of Education approved new public-school science standards Tuesday that cast doubt on the theory of evolution.
The 6-4 vote was a victory for "intelligent design" advocates who helped draft the standards. Intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power.
Critics of the new language charged that it was an attempt to inject God and creationism into public schools, in violation of the constitutional ban on state establishment of religion.
All six of those who voted for the new standards were Republicans. Two Republicans and two Democrats voted no.
They claim that this will get students to learn something other than the "dogma" of evolutionary theory, and will have the effect of "raising" the standards of education in Kansas. Yeah, we've heard that before: War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength, yada yada yada.
This ain't over, though. Any interested Kansans out there, please get in touch with members of Kansas Citizens for Science, who have been fighting this (and will continue to do so). We can still show them that not all of us in the Midwest are redneck, anti-science hicks.