Kansas II — A Pathetic Plea
|April 29, 2005||Posted by William Dembski under Evolution, Intelligent Design, Science|
Here’s a letter that appeared in Science, April 29, 2005. This pathetic plea, with its anguish over a falling sky, deserves no pity. Grind any squeamishness here under your shoes like old cigar butts. It’s not ID proponents who are changing the definition of science. Science is the unfettered search for the truth of nature. Intelligence animates nature, and ID demonstrates this empirically. It’s the materialists who changed the definition of science a long time ago and now are complaining that they are being called on it. The troubles in Kansas are of their own making.
A Cry for Help from Kansas
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the American Science Community: As I write this from my troubled home state of Kansas, the State Board of Education is debating once again whether to de-emphasize the theory of evolution. Those in the majority on the Board have stated that they are considering changing the very definition of science to allow for science classes to discuss the merits of intelligent design. Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has said that he would defend the Board’s actions.
Kansas may be a far-off, conservative state for most of you, largely unimportant in the affairs of your professional lives, but this is a strong indicator that the very foundation of science in the United States is at risk. Other states have had this problem recently, including Georgia, Alabama, and Ohio, and this could happen to your state. What a shame it would be if unqualified politicians succeed in undoing centuries of scientific progress in both the public’s perception of science and its continuing advancement. This is a wake-up call, ladies and gentlemen. Please don’t let this happen in your state.
You may write to the Board by visiting their Web site at www.ksbe.state.ks.us/Welcome.html.
Overland Park, KS, USA