Panda's Thumb just posted this: "Case Western steps up, rejects House Bill 597" Great reading and something I hope the Ohio politicians will pay some attention. I really liked this part:
"Rejects the notion that non-scientific perspectives, such as faith-based theories, have a place in the teaching of science;"I'm sure the Discovery Institute will respond with another 'What, that's not what the bill says' post, just like they did here, and again calling any fears 'groundless'. Luckily there are many people not fooled by such antics. Many folks remember:
- It was the Discovery Institute who lobbied the Ohio State School Board to teach Intelligent Design?
- It was the Discovery Institute who handed to Ohio State School Board a list of 44 peer-reviewed publications that they said showed support for Intelligent Design? A list that was fraudulently represented by them! (http://ncse.com/creationism/general/analysis-discovery-institutes-bibliography).
- Anyone else remember Deborah Owens Fink (former Ohio Board of Education member) and her efforts to get Creationism, and later Intelligent Design, into the school curriculum. She was the one who referred to the National Academy of Sciences as "a group of so-called scientists." When real scientists voiced support for Fink's opponent, the Discovery Institute complained about it (http://www.evolutionnews.org/2006/11/inside_the_mind_of_the_new_yor002817.html)
- Back in 1996 the Ohio House voted down a bill that would have done exactly what this bill can do -- and that bill didn't mention the words Creationism or Intelligent Design either! (http://ncse.com/ncser/16/1/close-ohio-house-vote-scuttles-evidence-against-evolution-bi)