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Pinellas County School Board supports Intelligent Design

Published December 19th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

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A majority of the Pinellas County, Florida, School Board supports the inclusion of Intelligent Design in the science curriculum, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

Four members of the school board, including the chairperson and vice-chairperson, have made statements in support of Intelligent Design.

The entire theory of evolution is not scientific fact. Intelligent design balances it out.” — Nancy Bostock, Chairperson

I’d probably ideally like to keep it all [evolution and Intelligent Design] out of the classroom. If it’s going to create this much controversy, how important is it?” — Peggy O’Shea, Vice Chairperson

I think that students should be given the opportunity to view all theories on how man evolved and let their science background and their religious background take over as to which one they believe in.” — Jane Gallucci, Member

To teach one [evolution] as if nothing else existed, I think we’re doing our students a disservice.” — Carol Cook, Member

You can read the news article here.

The PCSB website states: “The public is encouraged to contact the School Board members on any issue.”

I suggest we contact the school board and let them know there are more than two theories of our origins. Pastafarianism is built on similar tenets as Intelligent Design, and has much greater support from the academic community. If you decide to write, please be respectful.

Contact Info:

Office: (727) 588-6300
E-mail: Board@pcsb.org

Individual E-mail addresses:
Nancy Bostock: bostockn@pcsb.org
Peggy O’Shea: osheap@pcsb.org
Jane Gallucci: galluccij@pcsb.org
Carol Cook: cookc@pcsb.org



205 Responses to “Pinellas County School Board supports Intelligent Design”

  1. Al says:

    Here’s my letter to the Board, tailored (with the appropriate quote they’ve made) for each one.

    Hope it’s not too late to get the Glorious Word out …

    Greetings. I am writing to you from Switzerland, as a European Pastafarian.

    May I applaud your open-mindedness in supporting the teaching of Creationism (crossed out) Intelligent Design in the schools of your area. It is always good to hear of someone bravely challenging the Theory of Evolution, despite the fact that Evolution is supported by a vast amount of evidence. We believers should never let a bit (or even a lot) of evidence get in the way of our faith.

    As you state:

    “The entire theory of evolution is not scientific fact. Intelligent design balances it out.”

    Indeed it does. And, in turn, the Pastafarian beliefs balance out both of them.

    The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is spreading widely in the academic communities in the USA, and throughout the world. This glorious Gospel needs to be heard more widely. Your students need the facts so they can decide the truth!

    I realise that you may take this amiss, coming as it does from outside the States. But please remember that true faith knows no boundaries. Even as I write there are Christian missionaries from the States working in far-flung corners of the world. We Pastafarians are similarly reaching out to non-believers across international borders with the Good News of his Noodly Appendage.

    It would be so wonderful if you would support not only the teaching of the Theory of Evolution, and the beliefs of Creationism (crossed out) Intelligent Design in your schools, but also the beliefs of us Pastafarians. Then your students would get a truly balanced view.

    May His Noodly Appendage touch you, and guide you in this brave decision of yours.

    With my best wishes,

  2. Chris T says:

    I’m going to be calling these folks in the morning/Monday morning to spread the noodly goodness of the Flying Spaghetti Monster! :-D

  3. Her Excellency says:

    Seriously? I go to a Catholic school and they teach evolution

  4. alchemist says:

    Plain and simple …..ID is NOT science. For an excellent review of this fact read the Dover decision transcripts. Even the “experts ” for ID admitted that the foundations of science would have to be changed to allow ID to “pose” as science, and that such changes would make other non-scientific enterprises ( astrology, tarot card reading, necromancy, etc. ), equally acceptable. There is no evidence whatever for ID other than personal accounts from ages long ago. As has been shown in numerous cases eye-witness testimony is among the least reliable “evidence ” I doubt any of these ID supporters would want to go to trial with their life on the line and want evidence as flimsy as that for ID used in the prosecution’s case. Indeed there is at least as much “evidence” for the flying spaghetti monster or other alien interventions in human life as ID. Much to the chagrin of IDers and oters of their ilk..Science is not a democracy….facts and data are facts and data..like it or not. Until the time IDers can come up with a testable hypothesis, collect and analyze data from double blind experiments, to allow critical assessment of their “theory ” then ID will remain as it is ….pseudoscience at best .

  5. TheFewTheProudTheMarinara says:

    Secondary schools (and religion) are only the beginning! If we are to open our minds
    to all possibilities, despite the absence of ANY proof, why are medical students not exposed
    to the idea that “humours” in the blood are to blame for mental deficiencies? Think how much
    we could save by shuttering insane asylums! Just slap some leeches to the temples of the
    mentally feeble and let ‘em go!

  6. Ciaochowbella says:

    Question to just any old body…..

    Why can’t evolution be the TOOL of the creator(s)? For many years I’ve pondered why it has to be so black/white.

    There are religious beliefs to back up the IDEA that evolution COULD BE the tool of the creator(s). For example, Christianity teaches that it is impossible to measure the length of Jehovah’s day. If this is so, then why is it not possible that Jehovah has a 8 billion year long day? If this HYPOTHESIS is possible, then it is possible that Jehovah used evolution as the tool of creation.

    The Hindu belief of the Universe being an never ending cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth can also be observed in the big bang theory.

    As far as being descended from pirates, this is not only likely, but DOCUMENTED. In which case, it’s just as valid a belief system as any other.

    I now consider myself an eclectic Pagan Pastafarian.

    RAmen.

  7. Benny The Ball says:

    To the members of Pinellas County School Board. Europe is laughing at you. It is people such as yourselves that are responsible for the reputation Americans have of being stupid. Shame on you. It is no wonder so many US citizens have aquired this unenviable reputation if Americas educational establishments are run by the like of yourselves. Quite frankly, it is disturbing. Long live the FSM.

  8. Ex-Pope Benedict XVI says:

    I preach infallibly of a new religion. Pastafarianism. The Flying Spaghetti Monster, not Jesus, is the true God. I will convert the Catholic Church immediately to Pastafarianism. Those who do not believe are to be excommunicated. I dedicate the world, the saints, and the Holy Church to the Sacred Sauce of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Ramen.

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