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Questioning "Intelligent Design" In Texas? You're Fired.

image from Saint Gasoline, click for larger. Austin (TX) American-Statesman: The state's director of science curriculum has resigned after being ac

Venn Diagram for Intelligent Design image from Saint Gasoline, click for larger.

Austin (TX) American-Statesman:

The state's director of science curriculum has resigned after being accused of creating the appearance of bias against teaching intelligent design.

Comer was put on 30 days paid administrative leave shortly after she forwarded an e-mail in late October announcing a presentation being given by Barbara Forrest, author of "Inside Creationism's Trojan Horse," a book that says creationist politics are behind the movement to get intelligent design theory taught in public schools. Forrest was also a key witness in the Kitzmiller v. Dover case concerning the introduction of intelligent design in a Pennsylvania school district. Comer sent the e-mail to several individuals and a few online communities, saying, "FYI."

Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, which sent the original e-mail to Comer announcing the event, said Comer's situation seems to be a warning to agency employees.

"This just underscores the politicization of science education in Texas," Scott said. "In most states, the department of education takes a leadership role in fostering sound science education. Apparently TEA employees are supposed to be kept in the closet and only let out to do the bidding of the board."

Needless to say this is taking the science blogs by storm...more at two of my favorites, Bad Astronomy (thanks for the tip, Phil) and Pharyngula.

Update: Some commenters are taking offense that this post is anti-Christian. I wrote it. I'm a Christian (believing Quaker). A great many members of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State believe as I do that intelligent design is a specific attempt by Fundamentalists to inject religion into the public schools, and some of us also believe that if the State teaches the Bible they will misinterpret it for our children. Religious freedom requires freedom from anyone's individual religious beliefs being force taught in the public schools as scientific fact. Read more here. BG

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