May 4th, 2005

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Kansas School Board To Hold Hearings on Evolution

The school board for the state in which I currently live (Kansas) will soon be holding hearings about the teaching of Evolution in public schools. Frankly, this surprises me. Some years ago, the Kansas State School Board voted to drop evolution from curriculum requirements, and in the next election, those school board members who voted for this measure where removed from the school board. And yet, here we are, again, with the school board apparently back in fundamentalist hands, holding more hearings on this subject. Some of you may not be familiar with the debates between legitimate scientists and fundie crackpots about evolution, and you may be tempted to believe that there is significant scientific controversy about whether or not there is any truth to evolutionary theory. In fact, it is one of the most successful theories in science. The reason it appears to the public that there is any controversy about the theory as a whole is quite simple: The fundamentalists are cheating.

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Adrian