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Columbus Post Dispatch Editors Should Get Some Glasses

Here is another editorial (registration and payment required) from the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio that shows that editors there—even after several years of trying—cannot seem to get it through their heads that no one is trying to require the teaching of intelligent design in their fair state, that creationism and intelligent design are not the same thing, and that serious critics of Darwin argue on scientific, not religious, grounds. We suspect that they know better, but cannot stand to admit it.

The editorial states that "the future of the nation depends on scientifically literate students" and asks, "Just what is there to fear about Darwinian theory"? The question isn't what there is to fear about Darwinian theory, but why shouldn't we teach our students all there is to know about it? And that means critically examining the theory to better understand both the evidence for it and the evidence against it.

Apparently the classroom isn't the only place where the thought police are stifling scientific inquiry. The Dispatch also is one of the few papers that will not accept an oped by Darwin doubters expressing their own views in their own way. Apparently, the Dispatch believes that if you let readers think for themselves they might reject the paper’s party line. Fortunately, there are other news and opinion outlets in Ohio.