Creationism, Ribbons, Pigs, Senators
Senator Scott McCoy was interviewed yesterday on KCPW's Midday Metro (listen to the interview here). Touching on the topic of intelligent design in schools, Senator McCoy said I.D. was just another name for Creationism and that it's like putting a ribbon on a pig. If this is really the rhetoric Senator McCoy is bringing to the debate next month, that's bad. It's a first class ticket to the sideline and irrelevance. Senator Chris Buttars' poorly thought out plan can (and I believe will) be defeated, but it won't be thanks to the type of argument Senator McCoy has put forward. Rep. Urquhart has some arguments up right now written by a retired BYU science professor. They are arguments that I think will really speak to conservative legislators and help them understand that Senator Buttars' idea is foolish. One point stuck out for me: "It would create a problem where none exists. The problem would be that students would be forced to choose between intelligent design and evolution and, by extension, religion and science. This choice is not necessary and would do harm."