Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Crack Legal Team Prepares

This should be fun:

A "Briefing Packet for Educators" just issued by PBS in conjunction with the NOVA program Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial inserts religion into the classroom and encourages teaching practices that are likely unconstitutional, says Discovery Institute.

"The NOVA/PBS teaching guide encourages the injection of religion into classroom teaching about evolution in a way that likely would violate current Supreme Court precedents about the First Amendment's Establishment Clause," says Dr. John West, vice president for public policy and legal affairs with Discovery Institute.

"The teaching guide is riddled with factual errors that misrepresent both the standard definition of intelligent design and the beliefs of those scientists and scholars who support the theory," adds West.

The Institute has sent the PBS teaching guide out to 16 attorneys and legal scholars for review and analysis of its constitutionality.

The DI is having a press conference tomorrow, November 7, 2007, to announce the results of its "legal review" of the teaching guide. The Briefing Packet for Educators is available in pdf format. The teacher's Guide isn't yet but it will apparently be available sometime before the airdate.

"misrepresent both the standard definition of intelligent design"

Is that the definition from "Of Pandas and People"?
I'm guessing that the "standard definition of intelligent design" runs something like this:

ID is science ... nudge, nudge, wink, wink, know what I mean? ...
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