Darwinists Spar With Scientists Over Theories of Evolution

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:21 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A think tank that examines scientific challenges to Darwinian evolution says those opposed to Darwin's theory of evolution are trying to censor a proposed lesson plan by making bogus legal threats.

"Unable to win the debate on scientific grounds, the most doctrinaire Darwinists are now trying to win by old-fashioned bullying of the governor and the board," said Dr. John West, associate director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. "Fortunately, their legal threats are bogus."

The head of the Ohio Academy of Science told Ohio Gov. Bob Taft on Feb. 23 that the proposed lesson plan was "illegal." Two days later, Ohio physics professor Lawrence Krauss threatened to sue the Ohio Board of Education if it adopts the institute's lesson plan on the "Critical Analysis of Evolution."

Darwinism is based on the theory by Charles Darwin who believed all the life on earth evolved or developed gradually over millions of years from a few common ancestors.

"The proposed lesson plan is not illegal," said attorney Seth Cooper, a program officer in public policy and legal affairs at Discovery Institute. "The legal authorities are clear that it is perfectly permissible to teach scientific criticisms of existing scientific theories, which is all the proposed lesson does."

The Institute sent a letter to Taft and the Board of Education explaining the legality of its proposed lesson plan and included articles from the Utah Law Review, the Ohio Law Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Journal of Church and State, the Harvard Law Review, and the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy to support its claims.

"These articles show the growing number of legal experts who are against the campaign of censorship being waged by Darwin-only supporters," said Cooper.

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