3.14.2005

Note from the Christian Right: Liberalism Will Die

WaPo fronts "Battle on Teaching Evolution Sharpens," by Peter Slevin with contributions by Kari Lydersen.

Turns out, the Christian Right has created a multi-pronged attack on teaching evolution in public schools. They want teachers to question evolution, and if possible, include reference to "intelligent design" (the new wording they've come up with for Creationism). Organizations that have been set up to support this cause include Discovery Institute, Center for Science and Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Maclellan Foundation, and the Intelligent Design Network Inc.

Minister Terry Fox, pastor of the largest Southern Baptist church in the Midwest said:
"The strategy this time is not to go for the whole enchilada. We're trying to be a little more subtle," he said.

To fundamentalist Christians, Fox said, the fight to teach God's role in creation is becoming the essential front in America's culture war. The issue is on the agenda at every meeting of pastors he attends. If evolution's boosters can be forced to back down, he said, the Christian right's agenda will advance.

"If you believe God created that baby, it makes it a whole lot harder to get rid of that baby," Fox said. "If you can cause enough doubt on evolution, liberalism will die."
There you have it folks. The debate on including religious beliefs in the study of evolution is the cornerstone of the far right's quest to create a theocracy and deny women reproductive freedom.

I'm not sure how coordinated the scientific community's response to this attack on valid scientific learning is. The article mentions the National Center for Science Education, which defends the teaching of evolution. If you're interested in the subject, you should bookmark their website since they link to news on their front page. I think left leaning people, need to take these attacks more seriously and I welcome ideas on how we can act individually and collectively against this abhorrent encroachment on the separation of church and state.