Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Gubernatorial candiate in Michigan endorses intelligent design

From the Detroit Free Press

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos says he thinks Michigan’s science curriculum should include a discussion about intelligent design.

He says teaching intelligent design along with evolution would help students discern the facts among different theories. He’d like to see local school districts be able to teach intelligent design if they choose to, although he wouldn’t require that it be taught in science classes.

“I would like to see the ideas of intelligent design that many scientists are now suggesting is a very viable alternative theory,” DeVos told the Associated Press this week during an interview on education. “That theory and others that would be considered credible would expose our students to more ideas, not less.”

Since DeVos didn't say anything new I'm not going to bother pointing out the problems with his statement. I will say that he's not my favorite Republican gubernatorial candidate. My favorite was Dick Posthumus, who lost to Jennifer Granholm. The reason I like him so much is that when he was running for governor I got to drive past a huge sign that proclaimed "Support Posthumus' Tax Cuts" on my way to work I thought it was nice to see a candidate reaching out to an under-represented voting group (I know his last name is Posthumus and not posthumous, but the sign still made me laugh).

I am very concerned with DeVos's support for bringing intelligent design to the classroom. Who does he think he is that he can force his views onto impressionable kids?

It is one thing to have personal feelings about creation and evolution but to bring them into public schools crosses the line.

Given the closeness of this race, I can't believe he even spoke out about this.
Hi timbercake,

Oh I'm definitely concerned too. Some folks in Michigan have been pushing ID for years there have been several House Bills over the years, not to mention Gull Lake.

I certainly think DeVos is wrong, and I think attempts to teach ID in science classes are misguided.

The thing I found most interesting about his comment is that it was a pre-Dover talking point. That makes me wonder if he's not all that serious about ID. I still hope he doesn't win.
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