DOVER, United States (AFP) - The pastoral fields and white frame houses appear at peace, but this
Pennsylvania farm town is deeply at war over teaching Darwin or Christian creationism in its schools.
Since last year
the school board voted to have high school biology teachers raise doubts about Darwin's 145-year-old theory and suggest an
alternative Christian explanation for life. The city has since been deeply riven over the issue of separation of church and
In January the school board ordered teachers to tell students that Darwinism is not proved, and to teach as
well an alternate theory, "intelligent design," which posits that a grand creator, God, is responsible for the development
of living organisms.
"Darwin's theory is a theory ... not a fact," the school board declared in their statement to
the teachers. "Intelligent design is an explanation of the origin of life that differs from Darwin's view," said the report.
The command landed in the sprawling, red-brick Dover high school like a bomb. Biology teachers refused to read it,
while around 15 students walked out in protest. "Reading it sends the message that it is a legitimate scientific idea
or theory," said Jen Miller, a biology teacher who is also a church-goer and daughter of a minister.
As news of the
dispute spread, the small city of 25,000 found itself the focus of a national battle over Darwinism, creationism and the role
of religion in schools. …
And it goes on and on.
But the killer quote? Pastor and parent Ray Mummert – “We've
been attacked by the intelligent, educated segment of the culture!”
Poor baby! I feel his
pain! You really do have to be wary of such folks.