Thursday, February 26, 2004

Banning horses in Helena By way of the National Center for Science education comes this story about a woman in Helena, Montana asking her local elementary school to remove a book on horses from the school library. The book in question is Horses by Juliet Clutton-Brock. Why should the book be removed? Because it includes a two-page section on the evolution of horses. Horse evolution happens to be especially well-documented in the fossil record.

The article, from Helena Independent Record, mostly discusses the procedures used by the school district to determine if a book will or will not remain in the library. It does, however, also include this distrubing quote from Roxanne Cleasby, the woman who filed the complaint:

Cleasby said she brought forth the challenge to shed light on the debate surrounding the theories of evolution and creation.

"I'm sure the school's curriculum is full of it through and through," she said. "And I'm sure that I can't challenge all of it, but I think there needs to be more public awareness on the creation side. There's been lots of great scientific research done on creation that needs to be considered."

It always pains me to read such things. The great scientific research to which Cleasby refers is nothing but a lot of propaganda put out by certain advocacy groups. I have no doubt that Cleasby fancies herself educated on this subject for having read much of this dreck.


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