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Polk County to include Intelligent Design

Published November 30th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

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The Ledger reports that the majority of Polk County, Florida, School Board members support teaching Intelligent Design in addition to evolution in public schools.

It’s unclear if they’re prepared to change the definition of science. Some people are concerned that a supernatural theory will not mesh with the study of the natural world.

Board member Kay Fields said last week she wants intelligent design, which is promoted by some Christian groups, taught in science classes in addition to evolution.

“If it ever comes to the board for a vote, I will vote against the teaching of evolution as part of the science curriculum,” Lofton said. “If (evolution) is taught, I would want to balance it with the fact that we may live in a universe created by a supreme being as well.”

The board’s majority opinion is at odds with many in Florida’s scientific community who strongly support the new, more rigorous science standards, and say intelligent design lacks scientific credibility.

Perhaps Florida’s scientific community has not realized the type of genius arguments they’re up against:

“My tendency would be to have both sides shared with students since neither side can be proven,” [School Board Member] Tim Harris said.

“I don’t have a conflict with intelligent design versus evolution,” [School Board Member] Sellers said. “The two go together.”

“It crosses the line with people who are Christians,” [School Board Member] Lofton said. “Evolution is offensive to a lot of people.”

Pastafarians are concerned that the Polk County School Board is endorsing Intelligent Design, but ignoring our theory, even though it is widely endorsed by the scientific community.

I will wager that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster can produce more academic endorsements for our theory than Intelligent Design proponents can for theirs.

My guess is that the Polk County School Board is just unaware of Pastafarianism. As a public service, I propose that we contact them, and let them know that there are other supernatural theories just as valid as Intelligent Design, primarily ours.

Contact info:

Those in favor of Intelligent Design:

Kay Fields (District 5)
Kay.Fields@polk-fl.net
863-802-5483

Tim Harris (District 7)
Tim.Harris@polk-fl.net
863-808-0005

Margaret Lofton (District 6, Chairman)
Margaret.Lofton@polk-fl.net
863-294-9076

Hazel Sellers (District 3)
Hazel.Sellers@polk-fl.net
863-533-7714

Lori Cunningham (District 2, Vice-Chairman) – undecided
Lori.Cunningham@polk-fl.net
863-512-1656

Those not in favor of Intelligent Design:

Frank O’Reilly (District 1)
Frank.Oreilly@polk-fl.net
863-647-1390

Brenda Reddout (District 4)
Brenda.Reddout@polk-fl.net
863-324-0127

You can use this link to email all 7 School board members.

Please be respectful – remember we are not criticizing their beliefs, merely pointing out that there is another, just as legitimate, theory that should be included into the curriculum. Please leave a comment and tell us about your conversations with the School Board. Thank you!

The Ledger article can be found here.

*update* 12/11/07 – Their local newspaper published a story about our campaign here.



216 Responses to “Polk County to include Intelligent Design”

  1. Deelawn says:

    Intelligent designer are merely the evolved version of the primitive creationism(es).

  2. Loadmaster says:

    “I would want to balance it with the fact that we may live in a universe created by a supreme being as well.”

    Sounds like she’s open to FSMism being taught right alongside the other two isms.

    ~oïo~ FSM

  3. Theo says:

    I feel that this board is offensive towards me. Now what?

  4. I love eruptions in heaven says:

    hunting is offensive to vegetarians. lets just gather stuff, packrats FTW

  5. St. Arrrrgyle says:

    Do we have the phone numbers for Mr. O’Reilly and Ms. Reddout? They might be interested in arguing our point that FSMism and the views on creation of religions other than Christianity be taught.

  6. Resonator says:

    I’m putting this in somewhat childish terms, but there is evidence all around us that we can see and touch (and smell and taste, if we’re so inlcined) that supports the scientific theory of evolution. Fossils, fruit flies, bugs in amber, peas, etc, etc, etc. We can all see this evidence if we look. Evolution is a fact.

    Why is it that so many humans would choose to believe in a god or gods that can never be seen and are never heard, to the exclusion of scientific evidence supporting other ideas? Answer: because a lot of people are lazy, ignorant, irrational, and/or insane. There is no reliably recorded instance in which a deity has publicly proclaimed its presence in a booming voice, are has gone strolling down a street for everyone to see. Perhaps “the lord works in mysterious ways”, but I don’t. If god doesn’t have the decency to present itself to me objectively in all its anthropomorphic glory, then I have no reason to believe it exists. This also applies to unicorns, rational fundamentalists, and 40 foot dildos.

    And by the way, there is a strong distinction between theories regarding the origin of life and evolution. Evolution is a fact (have I mentioned that?)

  7. Robert Hood says:

    While we introduce ID, why not bring in other less-than-scientific theories. We could spend tax-payers’ dollars on having our kids learn Astrology as required curiculum. Or Ether theory. Or whatever. After all, those have just as much “science” behind them as ID.

  8. neal says:

    Here’s an interesting tid bit published in WIKIPEDIA under the intelligent design entry.

    Political appointees at NASA have prohibited their scientists from publicly discussing the any data which is explained by the age of the universe because it would contradict the biblical version of the universe’s age.

    Further, government climatologists are forbidden from discussing their data regarding global warming because it may reference data tens or hundred’s of thousands of years old.

    Don;t you feel relieved we have an evangelical christian in the white house.

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