Interesting piece on what the folks in the creationism movement are up to:
Opponents of teaching evolution, in a natural selection of sorts, have gradually shed those strategies that have not survived the courts. Over the last decade, creationism has given rise to “creation science,” which became “intelligent design,” which in 2005 was banned from the public school curriculum in Pennsylvania by a federal judge.
Now a battle looms in Texas over science textbooks that teach evolution, and the wrestle for control seizes on three words. None of them are “creationism” or “intelligent design” or even “creator.”
The words are “strengths and weaknesses.”
The usual suspects have a better rundown on the wider implications for education, I will instead discuss why this is relevant to our current election. John McCain claims to personally believe in evolution, but in his own McMavericky way:
On Tuesday, though, he sided with the president on two issues that have made headlines recently: teaching intelligent design in schools and Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother who has come to personify the anti-war movement.
McCain told the Star that, like Bush, he believes “all points of view” should be available to students studying the origins of mankind.
The theory of intelligent design says life is too complex to have developed through evolution, and that a higher power must have had a hand in guiding it.
Being a maverick means opposing torture but failing to vote to ban it, supporting evolution but allowing crap to be taught alongside it, professing to not know much about the economy while claiming to be the person who should be elected to fix it, and so on. Being a maverick ain’t easy- there are, shall we say, “strengths and weaknesses” to being a straight talker.