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November 09, 2005

My Favorite Piece of Sanity

We had lots of sanity restored to the public arena last night.  Two Democratic governorships, including the one in Virginia which has been pretty close.  All of Arnold's initiatives defeated.  The defeat of 912, the election of Ron Sims in King County and Dave Somers in Snohomish. 

But my favorite sane action was in Dover, PA, where as Kos put it, "Intelligent designers on Dover school board were swept out en masse by the city's voters. Eight sane Dems swept out eight crazy fundamentalists."

Kos linked to the blog, Panda's Thumb which had this headline: "Apparent End of the Dover School Board's Reign of Error".  The testimony on the case had closed just a few days ago in the
Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School Board case and it looked like the School Board was going to be able to institute loony "science" standards similar to those that Kansas recently okayed.  The New York Times has an article on the community and the election as well.

However, we didn't do so well in Kansas, although the idiocy came from the School Board not directly from the voters.  From the NYT, "The fiercely split Kansas Board of Education voted 6 to 4 on Tuesday to adopt new science standards that are the most far-reaching in the nation in challenging Darwin's theory of evolution in the classroom."

The rulings recommend that evolution teaching be countered by the teaching of "Intelligent Design" and in the process, redefined science itself, saying it did not have to be "explicitly limited to natural explanations".  And they, led by our own Discovery Institute, will be trying to do the same in other places around the country.

In the meantime, Kos, in the same post as above, asks us to keep our eyes on the prize:

But I have to say, while this beats the losing we've experienced the last couple of years, this is still quite unsatisfying. Let's call it the appetizer.

2006 is the real target. We've got the momentum and a Republican Party reeling from its inability to govern. We can't let them regain their balance. We've got to keep them on the defensive, take advantage of every opening they provide to score additional points.

Posted by Lynn Allen on November 9, 2005 at 08:38 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink

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