Fighting a rear-guard action against the high priests of Creationism (now masquerading as a scientific theory called Intelligent Design) in their eternal culture war against naturalistic theories of speciation and evolution, eleven parents are suing a Harrisburg school district over its decision to forcibly inject religion into science education.
This must be a heady time for charleton bible-thumpers, pitting their retrograde prejudices against the published output of book-learned scientists.* But participants in (and spectators to) the debate about teaching Intelligent Design Theory in the classroom should know that this is no scientific debate. The scientific debate between evolution and creationism began in 1859. It's over. The debate we are having now in the media and courtrooms is the debate over whether to lie to our children about the results.
Claims that reserving science classrooms for science lessons is some kind of religious repression have got it exactly backward; elevating party-line dogma to stand alongside the results of decades of scientific research is state-assisted evangelism. Don't say I didn't warn you when someday your CongressShamen decides you don't think right. Hey—I'm childless so I don't have to care about the United States eventually becoming another backward, zealot-infested shit-hole peopled by economic and political slaves. You parents might.