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    If ID proponents cried bloody murder than they would immediately stop their push to have it taught in science classes.  Problem solved.
    Problem not solved.  Bring up the existence of missing links in the fossil record?  They will outlaw them.  Forbid you from even mentioning them in a classroom, on pain of immediate termination and black-listing from all teaching.  

    That's if they let someone with actual knowledge of them teach the class, instead of the local church-approved ignoramus.  In the meantime, if you succeed in getting refutations of ID into a classroom (however temporarily, while they mount a new assault) they will pull out all their kids, and either homeschool them or form charter schools which teach that Jesus rode a dinosaur.

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    by Kingsmeg on Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:10:02 PM PDT

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    •  There Was an Entertaining Alternate History Novel (1+ / 0-)
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      perhaps by Harry Turtledove that had an insular society in which the consensus (enforced by weight of blasphemy laws) was that radio carbon dating was proved invalid, the earth was 6000 years old, there were no transitional fossils, etc., etc. All the details were covered. Wish I could remember the title, but he has written so many books, it's hard to do. I think it may have been one of his juveniles.

      In any event, if you take all those postulates as true you can construct a coherent matrix of belief. Then your protagonist has to find a clever way to deal with it. Maybe the exploration of the implications of facets of ID upon things which are inarguably true would be "educational."

      "Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything even remotely true." -- H. Simpson

      by midnight lurker on Tue May 07, 2013 at 10:22:08 AM PDT

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