Thursday, November 17, 2005

Will in today's WaPo

   A single sentence [in red boldface below] in George Will's column is, by itself, worth the price of admission:

The storm-tossed and rudderless Republican Party should particularly ponder the vote last week in Dover, Pa., where all eight members of the school board seeking reelection were defeated. This expressed the community's wholesome exasperation with the board's campaign to insinuate religion, in the guise of "intelligent design" theory, into high school biology classes, beginning with a required proclamation that evolution "is not a fact."

But it is. And President Bush's straddle on that subject -- "both sides" should be taught -- although intended to be anodyne, probably was inflammatory, emboldening social conservatives. Dover's insurrection occurred as Kansas's Board of Education, which is controlled by the kind of conservatives who make conservatism repulsive to temperate people, voted 6 to 4 to redefine science. The board, opening the way for teaching the supernatural, deleted from the definition of science these words: "a search for natural explanations of observable phenomena."

I really can't add anything to that. Certainly not at this early hour.


Blogger Kathy said...

The radical elements of the Republican Party are hurting the right in the same way those radicals on the left hurt the Democrat's image. Extremism is extremism no matter what, and I think most Americans find it unacceptable.

10:48 AM  

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