Creationism’s New School Vista

A flurry of media attention has surrounded the school board of Vista, California, since a conservative Christian majority was elected last November. That attention intensified in the wake of a recent 3-to-2 vote approving a policy permitting discussion of creationism in the public schools.

Though some teachers have threatened to ignore the policy, school board president Deidre Holliday says it only codifies what teachers told her they already were doing. She also says parents and students in this conservative San Diego suburb had expressed interest in learning more about creationism.

The policy approved August 12 consists of three directives: no theories of science should be taught dogmatically, and no student should be compelled to believe or accept any theory in the curriculum; scientific evidence that challenges any theory of science should be presented to students; and discussions of divine creation should be included at appropriate times.

According to Holliday, “The science teachers are very uncomfortable with the fact that we have encouraged—not mandated, but encouraged—challenges to any theory in science.”

County Resists Homosexual Agenda

In votes taken two weeks apart in August, commissioners in conservative Cobb County, Georgia, passed legislation declaring homosexuality incompatible with community standards and cut off about $120,000 in county funds for arts programs next year. The sponsor of the legislation says it was enacted to deter attempts to push a homosexual agenda for public schools, marriage, and elsewhere.

“There had been complaints that the arts were being used to promote homosexuality,” county commissioner Gordon Wysong, sponsor of the bills, told CT. “There ...

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