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Does this sound like a rabid Christian fundamentalist with an agenda, out to force her narrow religious beliefs down the throats of unsuspecting high school students? Good grief. The Darwin Party hypocrites have been telling us for years that ID was OK in philosophy, social studies, history or religion – just not in biology class, but look at what they do when someone takes them up on it. This innocent little class in a minor rural town with 13 students and a mild-mannered teacher wanted to talk about “Philosophy of Design” and develop critical thinking skills, and the Darwin dogmatists went paranoid. When will they realize this smells like the Inquisition? The very people who preach against dogmatism are the most intolerant of all, worrying about the “hidden agenda” and the “camel’s nose under the tent,” as if high school students are so stupid, so incapable of reasoning, that they cannot handle the thought that Darwinism is not the infallible idol its priests say it is. Teaching ID as philosophy should be completely non-threatening to evolutionists. The action of this school made perfect sense to William Dembski, who called this a step in the right direction. One other thing. The class was not ordered to end immediately. It was allowed to complete its five-week run. As part of the out-of-court settlement, the school agreed never again to offer a course that promotes creationism, creation science or intelligent design. Sounds like an utter defeat for ID and a complete victory for the Darwinists, but Lemburg explains that she never intended to “promote” ID or creationism in the first place. For all their gloating, the Darwin-Only-Darwin-Only DODOs won a hollow victory here, and earned a reputation as Inquisitors out to hunt down heretics, as hypocrites saying one thing then doing another, as dogmatists fearful of exposing their pet theory to scrutiny. School boards interested in getting this important debate a hearing on their campuses should not be alarmed by what happened in Frazier Park or Dover, because “teaching the controversy” is backed by the full force of the United States Congress and the President. It is the law of the land. For vital information on why teaching the controversy is legal and constitutional, get this must-see video by Phillip Johnson that explains it all: “One Nation Under Darwin,” available from Access Research Network.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Exclusive Picture this: a small community high school nestled in the mountains far north of the big city of Los Angeles. A gentle, silver-haired schoolteacher who wouldn’t hurt a fly, who coaches soccer, loves teenagers and takes her time-consuming and non-lucrative job, which she has done for many years, seriously, and is well liked by students. A trailer outfitted as a classroom next to the agricultural center, with a bed sheet as a projection screen, a small projector, a whiteboard and some desks. A rooster crowing outside. 13 students from ordinary American families who live in a small mountain town (population 2348) with no mall, one main street, and two hardware stores. This little classroom ignited a national legal firestorm that reverberated briefly around the country, and caught the attention of reporters as far away as Romania and India. What happened? Why did it become the subject of a documentary in progress? Simply put: one teacher decided to offer an elective class called “Philosophy of Design” that included discussions of intelligent design and critical thinking about evolution. Though this story began in December, it was in the news all month. You can read about it on CBS News, the LA Times, the Tri-Valley Herald, ABC News, the Tacoma News Tribune, LiveScience, MSNBC #1 and #2, and Fox News. They will tell you that the school was sued by Americans United for Separation of Church and State on the grounds that the class violated constitutional prohibitions against teaching creationism in public schools, and that a group of parents joined in the suit, and that the school acquiesced and agreed to stop the class. Another victory, in other words, for science over religion. Even the pro-ID Discovery Institute pressured the school to drop the class, according to Evolution News, and praised the school when it did so (see Discovery Institute press release). As usual, there is more to the story, so we visited the school to find out. Sharon Lemburg, the teacher under fire, is wife of the pastor of the local Assembly of God church in town. She has taught at Frazier Mountain High School for years in subjects like special ed, history, and social studies. The school offers an annual intersession elective program between semesters. Noting that previous intersession electives included subjects like Mythology and Comparative Religions, she volunteered to teach a new class on “Philosophy of Design” in which she hoped to expose interested students to this high-profile subject that is being debated in school boards around the country. A reporter had visited her church after the class had been announced. The sermon was on Proverbs 3:5-6, an oft-quoted and well-loved passage among all Jews and Christians: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. After developing a comfortable conversational relationship with the teacher, the reporter got Lemburg to say that “this was the class I felt the Lord wanted me to teach.” That was the sound bite the reporter needed: Teacher claims God told her to teach class on intelligent design echoed around the world. Another incident contributed to how the media reported the story. Lemburg had delivered to the principal a rough outline of the class, for his comments and suggestions. This version of the outline was never adopted, never voted on, never agreed on, and never formed the basis of the curriculum, yet found its way on news reports and blogs all over the internet. It included a predominance of pro-ID resources, books and tapes, including some from a young-earth creationist perspective. A scientist in town named Ken Hurst, who works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and acts as lead mentor for the school’s robotics team, got hold of this initial outline and was incensed. He wrote a strong letter to the principal, that was subsequently printed in the local paper, explaining his reasons why the class should be canceled because, in his opinion, intelligent design is masqueraded creationism, a religiously-motivated belief that is not science. Energized by the Dover case and other rulings about creationism, he proceeded to organize 11 parents and, with the willing cooperation of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, obtained a temporary restraining order and filed a lawsuit to stop the class on the grounds that this was “the camel’s nose under the tent” to undermine science teaching at the high school. The teacher, the principal, the superintendent and the board of trustees of the school were named as defendants. Needless to say, these actions created a firestorm of debate in the small community (with no small number supportive of the class). Letters to the editor varied from polarized views to others calling for peace and understanding. What some reporters omitted was that the revised outline was much different: much more balanced, with recommended resources from both sides, including all eight hours of the PBS series Evolution. Nevertheless, the pro-ID Discovery Institute sent a lawyer to the community who strongly urged them to withdraw the class, because by having introduced young-earth creationist materials it was misrepresenting what intelligent design means. When he saw the revised outline, however, he praised it highly. Still, he saw legal vulnerabilities in the case due to the apparent advocacy of creationism in the initial planning, though the curriculum in its final form was perfectly defensible. The school acquiesced and agreed to withdraw the class. “School District Waves the White Flag,” reported Fox News. The Contra Costa Times was disappointed, feeling the school board gave in too much. Believing that a philosophy class (though not a science class) was an appropriate venue for discussing such issues, they hoped other schools would “not follow in the footsteps of El Tejon’s educational leaders,” because “Our society will only become more polarized if the next generations don’t realize that issues have more than one side.” Even the Hammer of Truth blog, no friend of ID, thought philosophy was an appropriate venue and that the lawsuit was overboard. Evolution News, a blog of the Discovery Institute focused on media bias on the ID issue, took the media and the anti-ID PACs to task for hypocrisy. Robert Crowther quoted Barry Lynn, president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, having stating earlier that “when it comes to matters of religion and philosophy, they [ID issues] can be discussed objectively in public schools, but not in biology class.” Here was a case of ID in a philosophy class, and not even that was tolerated. The AU’s Legal Director Ayesha Khan gloated that the decision “sends a strong signal to school districts across the country that they cannot promote creationism or intelligent design as an alternative to evolution whether they do so in a science class or a humanities class.” To Crowther, this represents the ultimate in censorship. “Now, we have Lynn and other Darwinists on a crusade to make sure that students will never even know that a theory called intelligent design was ever discussed anywhere,” he said.There are some things you should know in interpreting this story.None of the plaintiffs had students in the class.The class was an elective between semesters. No one was required to take it. The students all chose to be there, when they could have been out snowboarding, playing sports or hanging out with their friends.The parents all signed permission slips for their teens to take the class.The class had the full support of the principal, the superintendent, and a majority of the board of directors.While the final syllabus did contain a number of intelligent design videos and books on the list of suggested resources, it also included all eight hours of the PBS Evolution series, a video interview with paleontologist James W. Valentine, a presentation from the University of California Museum of Paleontology, and the textbook Evolution vs. Creation by Eugenie Scott (as recommended by Ken Hurst).The syllabus listed no resources promoting young-earth creationism, but only asked one question: “How does Intelligent Design differ from Creationism? and how is it similar?” (Lest this item beg the question that young-earth creationism is somehow evil or unconstitutional, see what ID leader Phillip Johnson said about it on Touchstone, May 2004).Almost all the students are Christians, and none are staunch evolutionists, so they were not being subjected to unwelcome or forced instruction about creationism or ID. If anything, their beliefs were subject to challenge by the pro-evolutionary material.The final syllabus used in the class states, “This class is not meant to guide you into a certain belief, but to allow you to search, become aware of the differences, and gain a better understanding of world views on origins.” It also specified that “Equal and balanced instruction will be given on all philosophies.”The students appear unanimously upset at the reaction by those opposed to the class. One is taking it upon herself to write newspapers around the country expressing her displeasure with the censorship imposed by evolutionists on this class. She wants to set the record straight on what was taught.The teacher invited a pro-evolution biology PhD from UCLA to teach for a day. He spent a lot of time talking about the Miller experiment (see 05/02/2003 story). Several of the students said that he dodged their questions.Lemburg explained her intentions in a letter published in the local paper. After explaining what she meant by her statement “this is the class that the Lord wanted me to teach,” she wrote on January 8,My motives were honest and sincere, in that all I desired was to present an educational experience to give the students an opportunity to hear and study about the philosophers of design, to be able to critically analyze them and to learn to examine the opinions or philosophies and to weigh them…to ask who made the statement, what is their bias, what is their philosophy, what evidence do they bring? Each student in my class will have the opportunity to hear and study philosophies concerning the origin of life. These ideas represent atheistic, agnostic, liberal and Christian views. We are looking at the ways these views have shaped and changed our world views, and I am challenging these students to know what they think and what those thoughts are based on. To know it because they believe it, not because someone else says ‘it is so,’ but to become critical thinkers who can express their own beliefs.
Booker, Warren score 35 apiece, Suns beat Timberwolves Siti first beat defending champion Jenny Wegner of Sweden, 227-197, to set the stage for her finals duel with Tabora, who topped Rocio Restrepo of Colombia in the second match game.Rocio split in the first frame and although she recovered she simply could not catch Tabora who had strung up six strikes in a row for a final score of 249-222.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBoth Siti and Tabora had an open frame but Tabora then started striking and Siti could not match her. At the end, Tabora carded a 236 total against Siti’s 191.The report quoted Tabora as saying: “ I know people at home have been watching on the live streaming and I’ve already got lots of notifications from friends and family. It has been a good year for me. Our ladies team won bronze in the SEA Games and then we got silver in the Asian Indoor Games. But this is far and away the best.” LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 PH team standout Krizziah Tabora.Philippine national team mainstay Krizziah Tabora won the women’s title in the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Champions held in Hermosillo, Mexico.A report posted at quibicaamf.com, the official website of QubicaAMF, said Tabora beat Siti Safiyah of Malaysia, 236-191, in the finals held on Saturday. The two met for the finals after defeating their rivals in the two match games held earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Jacob Butturf of the USA defeated Colombia’s Oscar Rodriguez, 246-201, to bag the men’s title.With Tabora’s victory, the Philippines now has eight World Cup titles. /cbb QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
Wrestler Anita celebrates after winning gold.Over a dozen of the gold medals India won at the 19th Commonwealth Games came from athletes from Haryana which has made sports an attractive career option by offering a viable support system to sportspersons. The Bhupinder Singh Hooda Government has, in the past two,Wrestler Anita celebrates after winning gold.Over a dozen of the gold medals India won at the 19th Commonwealth Games came from athletes from Haryana which has made sports an attractive career option by offering a viable support system to sportspersons. The Bhupinder Singh Hooda Government has, in the past two years, directly appointed 11 deputy superintendent and inspector level officers in the state police from the pool of sportspersons who have done well at international stage.The latest is wrestler Sushil Kumar who won gold at the World Wrestling Championship in Moscow this year. The Government’s cash prizes are not only for athletes but also for coaches. Apart from this, various academies and specialised training venues have been developed.Wrestler Geeta celebrates after winning gold.”We have developed 171 rural stadiums in Haryana,” says Hooda as he watches from the gallery an all-Jat women discus team do a clean sweep. Arjun Awardees from the state also get a monthly pension of Rs 5,000.It is, of course, ironic, that in a largely feudal social system, fathers encourage their daughters to take up sports, like the 55-kg freestyle wrestling gold medalist Geeta who along with her sister, was mentored by their father. Jawaharlal Nehru University sociology professor Surinder S. Jodhka feels that the sporting culture is not alien to rural India and tribal areas.Krishna Poonia and Harwant KaurSports like archery are age-old traditions among the tribes in Jharkhand while akharas are ideal training ground for budding wrestlers in Haryana. Greater connectivity, television and phones have ensured that rural youth, both boys and girls, are at the heart of this change.Talent is all around and regional universities play a great role in harvesting them. “If we can integrate local activities with national level sports, the take-off point will soon be reached in Indian sports history,” says Jodhka.advertisement
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—It’s been seven years since Denzel Bowles was regarded as the PBA’s best import, but at least for a game so far in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup he felt that younger and more dominant version of himself was back.Bowles was dominant for Rain or Shine in a 89-82 win over Phoenix Sunday, putting up 28 points, 16 of which came in the fourth, on 11-of-14 shooting and 14 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Bowles gave the Elasto Painters an 82-80 lead off a three-point play with 2:20 to play before delivering the dagger with 50.2 seconds with a short bank shot to cap off Rain or Shine’s 12-2 closing run.“This is a different offense for me and I’m adjusting to my teammates and they’re adjusting to me, I think every game we’re getting better and better,” said Bowles. “We’re a defensive team so we will always be in the game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It felt like a vintage me like back a couple of years ago when I played here,” said Bowles, the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup Best Import. “The takeover like that, it felt really good.”Bowles had four stints with the Purefoods franchise before returning for a fifth PBA duty this time, for the Elasto Painters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd he certainly wants to make the most out of the opportunity to lead Rain or Shine.With the Elasto Painters went down, 75-68, with 8:16 to play, Bowles took it upon himself to rally his team back en route to its second straight victory. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Black wants Meralco import Lawal to focus on making his teammates better ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments
APTN National NewsIn this story, we are talking about clients involved in the Independent Assessment Process or IAP. The IAP is a very bureaucratic and complex system set up under the Indian Residential Schools Class Action Settlement Agreement to decide whether the former students deserve to be compensated for physical and sexual abuse they endured in the schools as children – and if so, how much that compensation should be.The IAP deals with those who suffered the most severe harm from the residential schools system. Those who “experienced: sexual abuse, serious physical abuse or other wrongful acts that caused serious psychological consequences.”The IAP is a central element to the story and involves a stunning number of people beyond those Blott and Company lawyers and their clients: it involves many federal bureaucrats, the Assembly of First Nations and many others.An entire new federal government agency was created to make this process work.Called the IAP Secretariat, it reports to the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. There are also many Health Canada workers involved in providing health support to former students as they go through the adjudication process. The Justice Department, as always, is heavily involved in any matter that has legal implications for the government of Canada.To add a high-level political twist, on July 11 of this year, the Kainai (Blackfoot) people made Prime Minister Stephen Harper an honorary chief, in recognition of his 2008 apology for residential schools in the House of Commons.Blood Tribe Chief Charles Weasel Head arranged the honorary chieftainship.“My family and I are deeply grateful for this gift and I will carry my Blood name, Chief Speaker, with great joy and pride,” the prime minister said that day.Kainai sources say the words of the prime minister’s apology are seen in their culture as a solemn promise. He will be expected to do what he can to live up to that promise.
The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes will battle the Michigan Wolverines on the field Saturday, but the never-ending recruiting war will be taking place on the sidelines and in the stands.More than 40 of the nation’s top recruits from the 2013 and 2014 classes are expected to be in Ohio Stadium for The Game.“In 10 years of doing this, this is one of the biggest recruiting weekends I’ve come across,” said Josh Helmholdt, Rivals.com’s Midwest recruiting analyst. “It just seems this could be an epically big recruiting weekend.”After his hire in late November 2011, OSU coach Urban Meyer might have demonstrated his recruiting prowess by concluding the 2012 class with five-star recruits Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington, now freshmen defensive linemen for the Buckeyes.Rivals.com ranked the class fourth in the nation, three spots ahead of coach Brady Hoke and the Wolverines.This year, Meyer hopes for another strong finish. The Buckeyes’ 2013 class is currently ranked seventh by Rivals.The reason? Helmholdt said it’s Meyer.“He’s aggressive. He has a hardworking coaching staff behind him and he’s dynamic,” Helmholdt said. “Kids want to buy into something they believe in, and they believe in Urban Meyer.”Cornerbacks Cam Burrows and Eli Woodard are two recruits that believed in Meyer enough to commit to the Buckeyes. Burrows and Woodard are the 27th– and 29th-ranked players in the nation, respectively, per Rivals. The four-star defensive backs will be on hand for the Michigan game. They will have the opportunity to pitch OSU to the plethora of young talent visiting this weekend.The projected visitors for Saturday include one of Meyer’s primary 2013 targets, four-star wide receiver James Quick. Quick is the type of explosive athlete Meyer has seemed to attract over the course of his coaching career. Rivals estimates that Quick clocks a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash and a 10.7 in the 100-meter. The Louisville, Ky. native and Louisville Trinity star is being recruited to play slot receiver and could possibly be used in a Percy Harvin-type role for the Buckeyes. Harvin, who now plays wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, was arguably one of the nation’s best wide receivers during Meyer’s tenure at Florida and helped the former Gators coach win two national championships while there.Quick’s recruitment is down to Louisville and Ohio State, according to Rivals.Meyer’s recruiting philosophy might be one that leaves no stone unturned, even when it comes to players that have committed to other schools.Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio seemed to learn that the hard way. Meyer successfully flipped freshman offensive lineman Kyle Dodson and defensive lineman Se’Von Pittman from those respective schools last year. This year’s approach might not be any different.With senior linebackers Storm Klein, Etienne Sabino, and Zach Boren departing after the season, depth at the linebacker position could be a primary concern for OSU’s coaching staff.Couple that with the fact there are no linebackers in the Buckeyes’ 2013 class, and it might explain why Meyer is going after committed talent.Per multiple reports, Florida commit Daniel McMillian and Auburn commit Trey Johnson will be in attendance at Ohio Stadium as the Buckeyes take on the Wolverines.McMillian is a four-star linebacker and 2013 U.S. Army All-American that has been a long-time Gators commit. Interest in OSU, however, has increased recently, due primarily to OSU’s coordinator of player development and former Florida linebacker, Ryan Stamper. Stamper was a graduate of First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla., the same school McMillian plays for currently. It could be a tough flip for the Buckeyes, but McMillian might get quite the show this Saturday as OSU goes for its first undefeated season since 2002.Johnson, an Under Armour All-American, is another four-star linebacker expressing interest in the Buckeyes.The Auburn commit, according to multiple reports by recruiting websites, seems to be showing signs of re-opening his recruitment, but has yet to de-commit from the 2-8 (0-7) Tigers. Instead, per those same reports, he is taking visits to OSU, Florida, USC and Florida State.“Ohio State is coming all-out after Trey,” Johnson’s coach Todd Wofford of Central Gwinnett told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this month. “They’re undefeated, and they’re going to win every year and always be in the BCS picture. That’s really appealing to Trey.”The projected visitors for the 2014 recruiting class include three of what could be the best underclassmen in the country. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan, defensive tackle Andrew Brown and defensive end Da’Shawn Hand, according to multiple recruiting websites, will be in Columbus this weekend. All are five-star prospects according to Rivals.com.McMillan has not been shy about showing his affection for the Buckeyes, either. He has named OSU his early leader, with his home state team Georgia a close second. Clemson is also in the mix. The 6’3″ 235-pounder has averaged 15.1 tackles per game this season according to Maxpreps.com.Brown and Hand will eventually be ranked in the Rivals.com top 10, according to Helmholdt. The Virginia products have interest in the Buckeyes, but it is early in the recruitment process.“Both have been talking Ohio State pretty much from the beginning,” Helmholdt said. “They will definitely have a lot of competition for those guys though.”This weekend’s unofficial visit will give the defensive standouts their first in-person look at OSU football.That look will likely have an effect on a direct correlation that seems to exist between recruiting and teams’ success on the field.Alabama, who captured the 2010 and 2012 national championships, finished with the Rivals.com top-ranked recruiting classes in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. Since 2008 through this season, the Crimson Tide’s overall record is 58-7.Meyer’s 2006 recruiting class at Florida was ranked second in the nation, and the Gators won the national championship that year. Similarly, Meyer’s recruiting class finished first in 2007 and Florida went on to win another national title in 2008.While OSU’s play Saturday against the Wolverines will determine if the Buckeyes finish a perfect 12-0, the recruiting battle surrounding the game could beequally as important in securing OSU’s future success.
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