What is astounding about this case brought before the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is that it ever got to this level at all.
If one reads the pretrial memorandum of the ACLU and one examines the statements made by Bill Buckingham, the school board’s curriculum committee chairperson it is utterly amazing this case is occurring in the 21st century. Buckingham, in June of 2004, criticized the biology text being used at the time, Miller and Levine’s Biology, for being “laced with Darwinism.” I quote here:
Responding to concerns that it might not be proper to favor Christianity over other religions, he declared that ‘this country wasn’t founded on Muslim beliefs or evolution’ but was instead founded on Christianity, and our students should be taught as such. Buckingham announced that the curriculum committee would look for a textbook presenting creationism as well as evolution. At the next board meeting Buckingham denied that the Constitution calls for a separation of church and state; he lamented that the public-school students no longer prayed and read the Bible in class as they had in his day; and he criticized ‘liberals in black robes’ [for] taking away the rights of Christians.
THIS is the face of Intelligent Design unmasked. There are hundreds of Buckinghams around this country who are at this moment in various stages of pushing their fundamentalist ideology down the throats of school children.
Make no mistake: Christian fundamentalists would like to roll this country right back to 1692.
Ed:LisaMPowered by Sidelines