Saturday, March 6, 2010

Don Kopp makes the New York Times

as an example of state Legislature attacks on science in general:
Darwin Foes Add Warming to Targets

He probably considers it a badge of honor.

The linkage of evolution and global warming is partly a legal strategy: courts have found that singling out evolution for criticism in public schools is a violation of the separation of church and state. By insisting that global warming also be debated, deniers of evolution can argue that they are simply championing academic freedom in general.

Yet they are also capitalizing on rising public resistance in some quarters to accepting the science of global warming, particularly among political conservatives who oppose efforts to rein in emissions of greenhouse gases.

In South Dakota, a resolution calling for the “balanced teaching of global warming in public schools” passed the Legislature this week.

“Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant,” the resolution said, “but rather a highly beneficial ingredient for all plant life.”

The measure made no mention of evolution, but opponents of efforts to dilute the teaching of evolution noted that the language was similar to that of bills in other states that had included both.
The vote split almost entirely along partisan lines in both houses, with Republican voting for it and Democrats voting against.


State Representative Don Kopp, a Republican who was the main sponsor of the South Dakota resolution, said he acted in part because “An Inconvenient Truth,” a documentary film on global warming starring Al Gore, was being shown in some public schools without a counterweight.

The NYT article correctly notes that "equal time" is actually an religious and political intrusion into science. I totally agree. If only they asked for "equal time" for atheism and communism, then we'd be talking fairness.

1 comment:

  1. Hear hear! The next time I hear the chanting about the need to teach kids our glorious Judeo-Christian tradition, I will ask for a balancing classroom unit on great atheists in American history.