Bloggers and media on the Christian Right are sounding off on recent developments concerning treatment of “Intelligent Design” [ID] in social studies.
First, the Board of Directors of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) approved an official position statement in May 2007, concluding that
The National Council for the Social Studies believes that a free and open discussion of ideas is essential to a healthy democracy. However, the social studies classroom should not and cannot be used for teaching any specific religious belief, as this is antithetical to the First Amendment. The National Council for the Social Studies recommends analysis, and thoughtful discussion, not indoctrination.
The NCSS web page also includes resources and links recommended by the NCSS Task Force on Intelligent Design.
On October 4 2007, the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) posted an item on its website reporting the NCSS action, and announcing that the NCSS statement “will appear in the forthcoming third edition of NCSE’s Voices for Evolution, a collection of statements in defense of evolution education from scientific, educational, civil liberties, and religious organizations.”
On October 5 2007, Robert Crowther posted an item on Evolution News an Views, a blog at the pro-ID Discover Institute [DI], with his characterization of these actions by NCSS and NCSE. The DI post concludes:
The NCSE and the NCSS have made it quite clear that they see no room for any discussion of intelligent design anywhere in schools today. Not in science, not in social studies, and if the Darwinists have their way, not in lunchrooms, hallways or on the front steps either. It seems they won’t be satisfied until non-Darwinian thoughts are banished from students’ minds altogether.
Try as they might, they can’t ban thinking about intelligent design. Thoughtful students will continue to explore what is so dangerous about this idea that no one can even be allowed to whisper its name.
From there, the issue is being taken up by religious media, such as in Katherine T. Phan’s article for the Christian Post, with the headline “Anti-Creationism Group Flip-Flops on Intelligent Design in Schools.”