Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Dover voters show some sense

It's almost enough to restore your faith in democracy...
All eight members up for re-election to the Pennsylvania school board that had been sued for introducing the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in biology class were swept out of office yesterday by a slate of challengers who campaigned against the intelligent design policy. ...

The vote counts were close, but of the 16 candidates the one with the fewest votes was Mr. Bonsell, the driving force behind the intelligent design policy.
Well, maybe not.

8 Comments:

Blogger driftwood said...

Voting them out once might not be enough. Remember that Kansas went down the "Young Earth" path of creationism a few years ago. Enough voters were upset to vote the nutcases out and the education standards were restored. But in the meantime, the quacks got reelected and now they have just stuck in the ID version of creationism.

So Kansas might vote them out again next year. We will see. But the anti-evolution people have a single minded determination to impose their will. Don't expect them to go away.

11/09/2005 04:49:00 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

"But the anti-evolution people have a single minded determination to impose their will. Don't expect them to go away."

Oh, I don't. And I certainly wouldn't be surprised if the IDers end up back in office in Dover at the next election too. But we can celebrate a bit for now at least...

11/09/2005 07:53:00 PM  
Blogger driftwood said...

Indeed.

And it is time to start cranking up the campaign against them in Kansas, again.

Having the whole world laughing at you seems to help.

11/09/2005 10:51:00 PM  
Blogger Abiola said...

"It's almost enough to restore your faith in democracy..."

Sure, until you read something like this.

11/10/2005 03:43:00 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Yea, that's pretty depressing. On the other hand, the Kansas IDers were voted out a few years ago before being voted back in again... One can always hope, I guess.

11/10/2005 05:00:00 PM  
Blogger driftwood said...

Actually it was the Young Earthers the last time around. If there isn't anything more than 6000 years old, then that takes a rather bigger bite out of science than just evolution.

The IDers have put a lot of effort into creating mumbo jumbo that sounds a bit like science if you aren't paying attention or don't know any better. So this will be a test of how well the creationists can hide behind a mask of fake science. I fear they will be harder to push out than the more clearly loony Young Earthers.

11/10/2005 11:09:00 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Hm, yes, that is rather more worrying...

11/11/2005 07:30:00 AM  
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