Bush Weighs In
Okay, so maybe a few things happened while I was gone. President Bush offered his thoughts on the subject of teaching ID in science classes:
Bush compared the current debate to earlier disputes over “creationism,” a related view that adheres more closely to biblical explanations. As governor of Texas, Bush said students should be exposed to both creationism and evolution.
On Monday the president said he favors the same approach for intelligent design “so people can understand what the debate is about.”
The Kansas Board of Education is considering changes to encourage the teaching of intelligent design in Kansas schools, and Christian conservatives are pushing for similar changes in other school districts across the country.
“I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought,” Bush said. “You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes.”
Many other bloggers have already commented on this, and I have little to add. Over at the Panda's Thumb, P.Z. Myers has compiled a list of bloggers who have weighed in on the subject.
That Bush would take this view is not surprising. As governor of Texas he came out in favor of teaching creationism in science classes, after all. It's a sure thing that Bush knows nothing at all about modern biology, but he does know that this is a red-meat issue for his religious base.
The really unfortunate consequence of Bush's remarks was to give the media another excuse to do a round of excruciatingly irresponsible reporting on this subject. We will take a look at a few of them in the next few posts.