I support creationism being taught in the classroom, however, I don't want to stop there. I'd like to see alchemy taught alongside the theory of "chemistry," astrology alongside "astronomy," magic alongside "physics" and phrenology alongside "neurology."Via Mpeterson.
The federal court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, where West Bend is located, is not required to follow Kitzmiller v. Dover, which came out of the Middle District of Pennsylvania. But it does contain a persuasively substantial record of "intelligent design" creationism's vacuity and the deliberate ignorance of its proponents.
On the other hand, in the (highly unlikely) event a federal court in Wisconsin found contrary to Kitzmiller, the conflict might provide the impetus to put "intelligent design" before the U.S. Supreme Court.
See also: West Bend creationists ran amok in '82
The film that started it all shows several geologists testifying that [human] footprints had been found in the same piece of stone in Texas' Biloxi River as dinosaur prints, a discovery that would change the generally accepted picture of man's beginnings.That old Milwaukee Journal item, by the way, is a typical example of a reporter placing ludicrous creationist assertions alongside scientific evidence as if both are equally legitimate and valid. They aren't.
eta: Zealots on the Left:
Kids should know that there are alternate theories out there if they are to have a well rounded education. But I don't think it's appropriate for teachers to drill down on any particular creationist theory.The author appears to be desperately unfamiliar with the issues. Science is neither a partisan pursuit nor is there any such thing, by definition, as a "creationist theory." And accusing one of zeal for her defense of evidence and reason is not a particularly effective insult. But, yeah, kids should know there are dissembling crazies out there.
As should voters. And let's not forget who brought this whole deal up in the first place: The Eagle Forum, not exactly "zealots on the Left."