Monday, May 21, 2007

Telling It Like It Is

This article in the NYT is more depressing than uplifting, but it had one glimmer of hope.

The article is about Kenneth Willard, a Kansas creationist, who is in line to be the next President of the National Association of State Boards of Education. Not a good thing.

But one passage in the article surprised me. Here it is:

There is no credible scientific challenge to the theory of evolution as an explanation for the complexity and diversity of life on earth. Courts have repeatedly ruled that creationism and intelligent design are religious doctrines, not scientific theories.

Now that shouldn't be so surprising since it is, after all, the simple truth. Yet it stood out for me in this age of "objective" journalism in which journalists give credibility to any opposing viewpoint, no matter how absurd. It's refreshing to see a mainstream newspaper call out creationism for what it is.