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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Intelligent Design and Evolution

Perhaps the answer to the conflict over evolution and intelligent design being taught in the classroom is quite simple. Instead of adding intelligent design to the science curriculum, where it clearly does not belong, it could be included in the humanities where it does. As many in the religious community are hell-bent on including religious instruction in the public schools, that answer might be to allow for a religious curriculum at the high school level. A course could be devised and a curriculum set up where religious professionals were given special credentials to teach their subject matter, and could teach the basic tenants of their religion in the classroom. Fair enough?

This would allow for the separation of religion and science and would give the religious the forum they desire. Unfortunately, however, this solution would promote a bit of a quagmire. Obviously, there would be a limit to the number of hours devoted to religion in the curriculum, and the question would arise as to what basic tenant should be taught and from what religion. Now, many of the religious believe tha this is a Christian nation and it is therefor proper that only Christianity be taught, but what form of Christianity--Catholicism, main stream Protestantism? Should the Mormons and Christian Scientists be included? It would be difficult to teach Christianity without including Judaism. And, of course, the nonchristian religions would demand to be represented. The Moslems, Hindus and Buddhist would want to be represented, and of course so would the Raelians and the Scientologists.

The question is who gets to determine the curriculum and decide what religion is and is not taught? Does it depend on which particular sect gains control of the school board, or threatens to sue? It all seems like a bit of a pandora's box.

Perhaps the answer is to let individuals learn of religion in the religious institutions of their choice, and let the schools teach basic high school science. I guess that is just too easy.


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