[S]ome board members who backed the standards have been outspoken about their faith and have criticized evolution for being offensive to Christianity.
Coming soon. . . . Christians criticize helicentric theory for being offensive to Christianity (hey, it isn't like that hasn't happened before in history).
"We're becoming a laughingstock, not only of the nation but of the world."
In 1999, the state approved standards that eliminated all references to evolution. Kansas became the butt of jokes on late-night television, the conservative majority on the board was swept out of office in the 2000 elections, and the anti-evolution standards were repealed.
But religious conservatives recaptured control of the education board last fall amid a statewide campaign against gay marriage, and they quickly went to work on the new science standards.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it.
Tuesday's vote makes Kansas the fifth state to adopt standards that cast doubt on evolution. . . . The National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Teachers Association - two groups whose material makes up the backbone of Kansas' science standards - told the state in advance that they would revoke copyright privileges if the new standards were approved. . . . Ohio, Minnesota, New Mexico and Pennsylvania have adopted standards that encourage questioning of evolution by local school districts.
Joy. None of them have, however, removed "natural explainations" from the definition of science itself.