New “Intelligent design” bill in Missouri

“Intelligent design” bill in Missouri | NCSE.

House Bill 1227, introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 10, 2012, would, if enacted, require “the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design,” according to the legislature’s summary of the bill. The equal treatment provision would apply to both public elementary and secondary schools and to “any introductory science course taught at any public institution of higher education” in Missouri.

Among the substantive provisions of the bill, applying both to public elementary and secondary schools and to introductory science courses in public institutions of higher education: “If scientific theory concerning biological origin is taught in a course of study, biological evolution and biological intelligent design shall be taught. Other scientific theory or theories of origin may be taught.”

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  3 comments for “New “Intelligent design” bill in Missouri

  1. January 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    It’s clear the bill wasn’t designed intelligently. What next, the ID inquisition?

    I would never allow my boys to take an Intelligent Design course, and I believe in God.

  2. January 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    I think I need to move to Missouri, so I can teach about how the Old Ones, after they settled their first great city in what would become Antarctica, created all earth life as a joke or mistake, as a byproduct of their biomechanical engineering of worker machines.

  3. Massachusetts
    January 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Intelligent design should be taught, in the context of sociology courses, perhaps history courses, comparative religion courses, and perhaps philosophy courses.

    But it shouldn’t be taught in a science class. It’s pretty outrageous for the legislature to force science teachers to present a theory that the vast majority of scientists don’t accept as valid science. Science vets it’s own material and arrives at conclusions over time, with a lot of work, analysis and debate, regardless of what lawyers, politicians and preachers say or feel.

    If science teachers are forced to teach Intelligent Design, I don’t see why they can’t present it in a critical context, pointing out the weaknesses of the theory, and the facts regarding it’s level of acceptance in the scientific community. They have to present it, but maybe they don’t have to advocate it.

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