Fabulous. As a West Virginian, I am all in favor of dumbing down my northern neighbors:
Experts on both sides of the debate over whether public schools should teach “intelligent design” as an alternative to evolution _ a question already before a federal court _ sparred in front of a state legislative panel.
The House Subcommittee on Basic Education heard testimony Monday on a bill that would allow local school boards to mandate that science lessons include intelligent design, a concept that holds the universe must have been created by an unspecified guiding force because it is so complex.
The legislation is sponsored by only a dozen lawmakers, and its prospects of passing the General Assembly are unclear as lawmakers try to meet a June 30 state budget deadline.
But a federal judge will consider the issue this fall, when a lawsuit against the Dover Area School District is scheduled to go to trial. The suit alleges that the school board violated the constitutional separation of church and state when it voted in October to require ninth-grade students to hear about intelligent design during biology class.
Michael J. Behe, a biological sciences professor at Lehigh University, told the subcommittee that intelligent design has no religious underpinnings. Critics argue that it is a variation of creationism, the biblical-based view that regards God as the creator of life.
Behe then testified that math has nothing to do with numbers, up is down, and the sky is green.
I guess I shouldn’t complain- we will take whatever competitive edge West Virginia can get.