I really haven't been compelled to write about the hoopla going on in Kanasas, mostly because I live in Tennessee, the state of the original Monkey Trial. Here are the legislative tracts of Tennessee's Anti-Evolution Statutes. During the Scopes Trial, evangelist T. T. Martin promoted his book, Hell and the High Schools, an excerpt can be found here.
First, the local Board of Trustees of every public school. They are absolutely sovereign. Even the Governor of the State, even the President of the United States, cannot force any teacher upon any public school. It is in the hands of the local Board of Trustees. Let the fathers and mothers see that only men and women shall be put on Boards of Trustees who will protect our children from this scourge, this "scholastic paganism." It can be done in two ways: first, employ no teacher who believes in Evolution; second, obligate every teacher to post himself and expose the claims of Evolution every time it comes up in the text books that are being used, for many of them are poisoned with it. This can be easily done. At the close of this book a list of books will be given that will enable the teachers to combat this deadly-damning curse.
Second, elect to the legislatures men who will cut off all support from all tax-supported schools where Evolution is taught, and require that in all tax-supported schools only teachers shall be employed who will post themselves and combat this terrible curse every time it comes up in the text books being used. Too drastic? Do you fight a scourge of small-pox with halfway measures. A scourge of small pox and yellow fever combined would be slight, as a. curse, compared to this scourge that is sweeping our young men and women, boys and girls, away from God. away from God's word, away from the Redeemer-Saviour and into hell for eternity.
But, tonight I found a well thought out piece, that shold clarify part of the issue found deep in the article.
The way the evangelicals moved in on the board of education was a masterpiece of political stealth. The board seemed too insignificant for the state's major media and political pundits to pay much attention at first. Creationist candidates were promoted through aggressive radio advertisement and direct mail shots, as well as Sunday sermons in the state's many Southern Baptist churches.
Seems we have forgotten part of history, thus it is destined to repeat itself. The fact is, the religious aspect is not the main part of the issue, it is secondary. The larger issue is the Dominionists and Evangelicals attempts, at which they are gaining a good foothold, at redesigning our society, from the ground up, which means starting at the schoolboard level. From the Christian Coalition, which by the way don't agree with the Dominionists (Dominionists want to revert back to Judaic/Old Testement law rather than the New Testement biblical law desired by evangelicals):
Today, Christians need to play an active role in government again like never before. If we are going to be able to change policy and influence decisions - from the school boards to Washington, DC - it is imperative that people of faith become committed to doing what Ronald Reagan called "the hard work of freedom".
Once these groups were able to groom folks, frame the discussion so as to get the most support, and use smear campaigns, they started getting seats on school boards, ready to change the way our kids learn. So, the larger issue is to attempt to convert all of the US, and eventually the world. Sounds like a great conspiracy theory, doesn't it? Or maybe just a bad Pinky and the Brain episode. Or maybe it's really happening, when you consider that the majority of the school board in Kansas holding these farcical hearings are already ID believers.