Polk County decides not to pursue Intelligent Design

Published December 22nd, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

The Tampa Tribune reports the Polk County School Board was caught by surprise by the widespread response to their interest in Intelligent Design. They have decided not to pursue the teaching of Intelligent Design.

I suppose it’s a victory for science, but I was optimistic about Polk County being the first to introduce Pastafarian theories into the curriculum.

The article by Billy Townsend is titled “Polk Needled, Noodled in Evolution Flap“.

Public floggings hurt, even when administered by satirical sacred noodles.

Ask the Polk County School Board. The panel made news last month when five of its seven members declared a personal belief in the concept of intelligent design, the religiously based explanation of the development of life believed in by many Christians.

Four of those five sympathetic board members said they would like to see intelligent design taught in Polk schools as an alternative to Darwinian evolution, at a time when new state standards mentioning evolution by name for the first time are under consideration.

Just like that, it appeared the Darwin wars had found their newest battlefield.

Yet a few weeks later, the controversy is dying with a whimper. There’s no board support for a challenge to the proposed standards. Some of the five school board members blame the local newspaper for trying to start a fight.

“It’s not our agenda,” said Tim Harris, one of the board members. “My personal opinion and how I vote don’t always jibe.”

What happened? You can start with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The satirical religious Web site asserts that an omnipotent, airborne clump of spaghetti intelligently designed all life with the deft touch of its “noodly appendage.” Adherents call themselves Pastafarians. They deluged Polk school board members with e-mail demanding equal time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism’s version of intelligent design.

“They’ve made us the laughingstock of the world,” said Margaret Lofton, a school board member who supports intelligent design.

It’s an excellent article. I’m even quoted a couple times. I admit it sounds like I’m against the inclusion of supernatural theories in science, which would include Pastafarian beliefs as well as Intelligent Design, but I assure you my statements are part of a larger strategy of some sort, in the best interest of Pastafarianism.

Here’s the article, enjoy!

93 Responses to “Polk County decides not to pursue Intelligent Design”

  1. Wench Nikkiee says:

    MrMiami Mar 6th, 2008 at 6:42 am
    “doomed to mediocrity”
    As we are reading your posts Miami!
    Begone troll! Begone!
    *holds up garlic bread*

  2. Maree says:

    I believe that the Flying Spaghetti Monster Church has as much validity as that of the Christian Church. It has beliefs that cannot be disproved or approved of for that matter. And I thought Aussies were the only ones with such common sense. There are others out there! Hurrah

  3. Shane says:

    Who cares?

  4. Royce says:

    Chef-Boy-R-Dee would be proud…

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  6. TheFewTheProudTheMarinara says:

    Personally, if I were a teacher in that system, I’d be thrilled to have ID as part of the curriculum. I’d drag it into the light of reason and beat it to death with actual facts and reason.

    • Reverend Captain Mal says:

      Thank you for saying that. I’ve made a similar argument before and people responded as if I was flogging toddlers in the streets. Exposure to the facts is exactly what ID needs.

  7. Michael J Herber says:

    As someone who now has children currently enrolled in the Polk County School System, Thank You!

    May you be touched by His Noodley Appendage.

  8. Captain B says:

    Michael, at least for the time-being your children are safe. No fundie school board would want a repeat of the Dover trial. Our work may seem mostly done, but, be alert to covert new tactics. I would be delighted should Ham’s Ark finally end up as a casino or brothel.
    Spare the noodle and spoil the Child!

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