Thursday, December 29, 2005

LA professor helps to defeat "intelligent design"

"A proponent and product of Hammond public schools, philosophy Professor Barbara Forrest says her work to debunk intelligent design stems from her desire to protect the integrity of public education.

'It's because of the good education I got in the public schools here that I am able to do what I do,' she said.

Rob Boston, assistant director of communications for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, calls Forrest the country's leading social historian on the creationism movement.

'I'm not aware of anybody else out there who's done the research and understands the movement like she does,' Boston said.

His group, along with the Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union, helped the 11 parents in Dover, Pa., who sued their School Board for backing intelligent design."
For one thing, she found that older versions of ID textbooks used the word creationism" everywhere that the phrase "intelligent design" appears in the new versions.

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