Kansas State Board of Education chairman Steve Abrams has a commentary in Tuesday’s Eagle defending the state’s new science standards. He argues that critics of the standards are misinformed. And he claims that the new standards aren’t about biblical creation or intelligent design.
It’s true, as he says, that the board’s new definition of science doesn’t mention biblical creation. But by removing the phrase “a search for natural explanations” from the definition, the board has opened the door to the supernatural. That’s a radical change from the traditional role of science.
It’s also true that the standards don’t specifically mention intelligent design. But the “criticism” of evolution included in the standards came from intelligent design supporters. These same folks also provided the attorney and the “experts” at the board’s kangaroo court hearings last spring.
It seems clear that what is really motivating most of the conservative board members is their own religious beliefs, not good science — as there is no controversy in mainstream science about evolution. Abrams himself has said in the past that you can’t believe both in evolution and the Bible, even though millions of Christians throughout the world have no problem reconciling the two.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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