Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Stage This - Defending Intelligent Design

Back in 2006 a legislator here in conservative Utah proposed a bill that would let schools teach Intelligent Design. The state school board reaction was to derail this bill at all costs.  As a concerned citizen, I wrote the following to the local paper:

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Editor:

Thanks for the informative interview in the paper last week where Kim R. Burningham, Chairman of the Utah State Board of Education, and Brett Moulding, the state's Director of Curriculum and Instruction, were interviewed on the subject of intelligent design. Both men clearly support promoting the secular, agnostic scientific theory of evolution to our children in public schools. Most of us have heard stories of how government schools in communist countries would teach students the atheistic doctrine of the state. Parents would then have to contradict these Godless teachings when their children came home. 

Who would have thought that public schools in Utah would completely surrender the teaching of evolution to the same viewpoint used by the communists? Mr. Burningham claims to believe in intelligent design himself, but despite his leadership role, he has totally abandoned his students to the man-descended-from-apes clique. 

We expect such behavior from ACLU types, not from rock-ribbed Republican Bountiful. Thanks, Kim, with friends like you . . . 

I don't know Mr. Moulding from Adam (or should I say Australopithecus Africanus), but it is disturbing that when the paper asked him a straightforward question about the good evidence behind the claims of intelligent design advocates, he instead scoffed at the failings of creationists. 

Gratefully, some state leaders have evolved a spine and are willing to take actions that the Utah State Board of Education will not. 

All citizens who are unwilling to surrender the teaching of science to the atheist position should read S.B. 96 Public Education -- Instruction and Policy Relating to the Origins of Life and encourage their state representative to vote for this.

This simple and open-minded bill makes no mention of creationism, intelligent design or God, but it has secular humanists cursing God (or whoever it is they curse) because it requires schools to not endorse any particular theory of the origins of life. Yet you will not find the opposition arguing the bill itself, instead they label it as a kooky sideshow. 

They want the public to believe that support for this bill lumps them in the same box with flat-worlders and those that believe the sun revolves around the earth.

Our leaders in state education have proved they don't have the character or intelligence to combat the entrenched secular humanist grip over the education of our children in public schools. 

Ask your state representative to support S.B. 96. If God-fearing Utahns lose this fight, maybe we deserve for our kids to come home from school and tell us we share the same ancestors as apes.

_____The bill never was passed, and it opened my eyes to the firm control secular humanists have over the school system in the United States.  Not long after this happened, I happened to watch the classic Spencer Tracy movie, "Inherit the Wind," the courtroom drama based on the Scopes Monkey Trial where a teacher was prosecuted for teaching evolution to students in the 1920s. I thought, the world has turned 180 degrees.  In the 21st Century a teacher could get in trouble for teaching Intelligent Design.  I realized you could redo the original play section by section with basically the same characters and tell a challenging and compelling story of Intelligent Design on trial.  

It sounded like a fun project, so that is what I did.  I wrote a new play called "Inherit the Wind: Overturned by Design" (see link at upper right).  This time, instead of basing the over-the-hill politician turned prosecutor on William Jennings Bryant, he looks a lot like Al Gore.  Instead of Clarence Darrow, the feisty defense attorney is based on Ann Coulter.  It's conservatives debating liberals, intelligent design vs evolution. It shares the message that intelligent design should be taken seriously, and not dismissed without any debate. My goal is to see this play help advance the intelligent design argument.

The play is available for Nook, IBook on ITunes, or Amazon.

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