Wednesday, February 08, 2006

NY Times tells it like it is

Well, every once in a while, it's nice to see a journalist who will call a blatant falsehood when they see it. It's doubly nice when it's about misrepresentations of evolution:

The Utah bill's main sponsor, State Senator D. Chris Buttars, a Republican from the Salt Lake City suburbs, said he was not surprised by the debate it had inspired. He said ordinary voters were deeply concerned about the teaching of evolution.

"I got tired of people calling me and saying, 'Why is my kid coming home from high school and saying his biology teacher told him he evolved from a chimpanzee?' " Mr. Buttars said.

Evolutionary theory does not say that humans evolved from chimpanzees or from any existing species, but rather that common ancestors gave rise to multiple species and that natural selection — in which the creatures best adapted to an environment pass their genes to the next generation — was the means by which divergence occurred over time. All modern biology is based on the theory, and within the scientific community, at least, there is no controversy about it.

No relativism, no pandering to 'the other view', no references to 'intelligent design' as a 'scientific view'. Just plain tellin' it like it is.

(via onegoodmove and Leiter Reports)

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