Evolution Slate Outpolls Rivals
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: November 9, 2005
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.
Among the losing incumbents on the Dover, Pa., board were two members who testified in favor of the intelligent design policy at a recently concluded federal trial on the Dover policy: the chairwoman, Sheila Harkins, and Alan Bonsell.
The election results were a repudiation of the first school district in the nation to order the introduction of intelligent design in a science class curriculum. The policy was the subject of a trial in Federal District Court that ended last Friday. A verdict by Judge John E. Jones III is expected by early January.
"I think voters were tired of the trial, they were tired of intelligent design, they were tired of everything that this school board brought about," said Bernadette Reinking, who was among the winners.
The election will not alter the facts on which the judge must decide the case. But if the intelligent design policy is defeated in court, the new school board could refuse to pursue an appeal. It could also withdraw the policy, a step that many challengers said they intended to take.
"We are all for it being discussed, but we do not want to see it in biology class," said Judy McIlvaine, a member of the winning slate. "It is not a science."
In Kansas, however, the school board in a 6-4 vote, decided to change the science standards once again to dumb down science.
Four of the board members are up for reelection, however next year and we should try to vote them out. They are among those who are voting to strike the current science standards down.
Intelligent Design is a theory, yes, but it's not science. My opinion is that it belongs in a religion curriculum and not in a science curriculum. And now it belongs in teachings about what's wrong with Kansas.