Thursday, January 15, 2009
Anika Smith is bucking for the job of White Queen at the Discovery Institute (against very stiff competition, as you might imagine) with her latest posting about the guidelines adopted by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning what "supplementary materials" can be used in teaching "controversial" scientific theories such as evolution. A provision prohibiting the teaching of Intelligent Design or (other) creationism had been removed, however, before they were adopted, supposedly because the assurance of Superintendent of Education, Paul Pastorek, that, because of other language in the guidelines: "I'm satisfied that you cannot teach creationism or intelligent design." According to Smith:
The legally redundant provision would have gone beyond the intent of the legislation ...
It makes no sense at all ... unless the legislature's intent, happily adopted by the DI, was to keep the whole thing as fuzzy as possible, in hopes that some creationism will slip by the courts and others who have actual respect for our Constitution.
I'd like to believe that one of the impossible things the DI stalwarts believe is that anyone would be fooled by such transparent disingenuousness. Unfortunately, I find that impossible.