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August 03, 2005

Creationism: How Courts Protect the GOP from Stupidity

PZ Myers is collecting all the responses of bloggers condemning Bush for his argument that "intelligent design" should be taught in schools.

What's interesting is how many rightwingers are outraged, but luckily they can continue their electoral alliance with the rightwing religious zealots since the courts will still probably protect their children for another Justice or two.

But that's the point. Without the courts removing creationism from the schools by judicial fiat, a lot of Republicans might suddenly face a dilemma at the voting booth. And the conservative alliance would be facing serious splits and conflicts.

As I've argued with PZ Myers in the past, I actually think "teaching the controversy" might be a good thing. Keeping it out of the schools hasn't stopped large numbers of Americans from continuing to doubt evolution. PZ is less convinced, but I think in a head-to-head competition, evolution will only gain from the comparison.

Posted by Nathan at August 3, 2005 02:00 PM