Friday, January 13, 2006

It never ends

California Parents File Suit Over Origins of Life Course

A group of parents are suing their small California school district to force it to cancel a four-week high school elective on intelligent design, creationism and evolution that it is offering as a philosophy course.

The course at Frazier Mountain High School in Lebec, which serves a rural area north of Los Angeles, was proposed by a special education teacher last month and approved by the board of trustees in an emergency meeting on New Year's Day. The 11 parents are seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the course, which is being held during the session that ends on Feb. 3.

In their suit, the parents said the syllabus originally listed 24 videos to be shown to students, with 23 "produced or distributed by religious organizations and assume a pro-creationist, anti-evolution stance." They said the syllabus listed two evolution experts who would speak to the class. One was a local parent and scientist who said he had already refused the speaking invitation and was now suing the district; the other was Francis H. C. Crick, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, who died in 2004.

A course description distributed to students and parents said, "This class will take a close look at evolution as a theory and will discuss the scientific, biological and biblical aspects that suggest why Darwin's philosophy is not rock solid."
Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said, "This is apparently the next wave of efforts to bring creationism to schools, and that's why we want to dry it up immediately."

I'm no attorney, but this actually strikes me as a legitimate test of the limits of the Dover decision last month; I'd be interested to know what real legal eagles think. In the meantime, and in the ID/creationist spirit of teaching all viewpoints, I will be happy to follow up their elective with a four week module on Nihilism. The school board can meet in a secret emergency meeting on Easter Sunday to approve it.


Blogger bluememe said...

As I recall, the basis of the Pennsylvania case was that schools can't teach ID as science because it isn't science. My guess is that a philosophy elective would pass muster.

Persistent, ain't they?

6:38 PM  
Blogger dus7 said...

And I think FSM would only take one week...

10:41 PM  

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