The Dover School Board, Pat Robertson and Darwin
Revolution #023, November 20, 2005, posted at revcom.us
On November 8, eight Dover Pennslyvania school board members who were up for re-election were thrown out of office in local elections. These city school board members had instituted a policy requiring high school biology teachers to say to their classes that evolution is "not a fact" and to then offer "intelligent design" as an alternative theory for the origin and development of life. They were sued by parents and the ACLU for injecting religion into the classroom and the federal trial on this recently ended. The judge has not yet ruled on the case.
Pat Robertson, high-level Christian Fascist political operative, showed once again why he is widely known as a certifiable lunatic when he denounced the entire city of Dover and threatened the people there with punishment from God: "I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God. You just rejected him from your city." He later added: "God is tolerant and loving, but we can't keep sticking our finger in his eye foreverIf they have future problems in Dover, I recommend they call on Charles Darwin. Maybe he can help them."
One wonders just what kind of punishment Robertson foresees for the wayward people of Dover. Perhaps something like that Old Testament favorite, a plague of locusts? In that case, certainly Charles Darwin and the whole of modern biology and science would be exactly who to call.