November 1, 2005


Darwinian Democrats (Robert Stacy McCain, October 29, 2005, Washington Times)

The current federal trial over how science should be taught in Dover, Pa., schools is the latest chapter of an old story -- and I don't mean Darwin vs. the Bible. No, this is a story about Democrats vs. democracy.

The most important fact about the case is this: On Nov. 4, 2003, Republican candidates made a strong showing in York County, Pa. Among the winners were Republican Heather Geesey, who was the top vote-getter among candidates for the nine-member Dover school board, with 2,674 votes. Democrat Aralene Callahan finished out of the running -- dead last, with 1,276 votes.

Some citizens of Dover apparently believe that Darwinian evolution is less than a self-evident fact. Wishing their skepticism to be reflected in the school science curriculum, they donated to the school library some copies of a book called "Of Pandas and People," expressing the so-called intelligent design theory -- basically the idea that life is too complex to be explained as an evolutionary accident. School board members voted 6-3 in 2004 to include these books as an optional supplement to freshman biology classes. The popular Mrs. Geesey was an outspoken defender of the new curriculum. [...]

But fear not, ye lovers of science, for Mrs. Callahan quickly rode to the rescue, sparing Dover's 14-year-olds a one-way ticket to the 13th century. The unpopular Democrat, who a year earlier had told the York Daily Record that her post-election plans included spending more time with her family, instead decided she needed to spend more time with the ACLU. And so it was that the board's plan became the object of a federal lawsuit, with Mrs. Callahan among the plaintiffs and Mrs. Geesey among the defendants.

The Dover evolution trial, then, represents the effort of Mrs. Callahan and her allies to win in court what they could not win at the ballot box.

Which is an example of why Democrats can't fashion a Contract with America.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 1, 2005 11:58 PM
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