Skip to comments.Board member to resume testimony in 'intelligent design' trial
Posted on 11/02/2005 3:35:41 AM PST by PatrickHenry
A school board member who was questioned by a federal judge about discrepancies in his testimony on the purchase of "intelligent design" textbooks was expected to return to the witness stand Wednesday.
Dover Area School Board member Alan Bonsell was to undergo redirect questioning by an attorney representing the board in a landmark trial over whether intelligent design can be introduced in high school science classes.
Bonsell testified Monday that he had received an $850 check from fellow board member William Buckingham. The check was made out to Bonsell's father, who volunteered to donate copies of "Of Pandas and People" to the district.
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III asked Bonsell why he never shared that information in a January deposition when he was repeatedly asked under oath about who was involved in making the donation. Bonsell, who served as the board's president in 2004, said he misspoke. [Note to school board lawyers: When the judge asks your client why he's lying, it's usually not a good sign.]
Buckingham testified Thursday he collected $850 in donations to help purchase the books during a Sunday service at his church.
The board is defending its October 2004 decision to require students to hear a statement about intelligent design before ninth-grade biology lessons on evolution. The statement says Charles Darwin's theory is "not a fact," has inexplicable "gaps," and refers students to the textbook for more information.
Eight families are suing to have intelligent design removed from the biology curriculum because they believe the policy essentially promotes the Bible's view of creation, and therefore violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
Intelligent design supporters argue that natural selection, an element of evolutionary theory, cannot fully explain the origin of life or the emergence of highly complex life forms.
The trial began Sept. 26 and is expected to conclude on Friday.
Does this mean I have to put away my monkey god statue. I know he was only collecting dust, but he's a real conversation piece.
Then why don't you object to teaching the secular religion of Darwinism?
Here's a monkey god for you, but I don't see any scientific literati there.
It doesn't work any better in law and government than it does in science.
Yeah. It's not atheists who worship the Monkey God. It's Hindus. I guess he got that one wrong. What else did he get wrong.
Perhaps we should teach the Hindu creation myth(s) in school, too. They're really creative.
Has it occurred to you that not everything is a religion or even about religion?
"This is an attempt at affirmative action for athiesm and monkey worshippers"
Huh? What do atheists and Hindus have to do with this? I didn't even know that the Hindu monkey god was involved in this.
Looks like fun. Not!
It's a strange thread indeed, when Uncle Fester seems like the breath of fresh air.
It's a keeper. I'll be adding it to The List-O-Links.
Because it isn't a religion, by any definition.
Once again, when a creationist wants to disparage evolution, he calls it a "religion." I'm always amused by that - it tells us more about creationists than they realize.
Well, doesn't that just say it all....
You left off the fourth one, with both hands over his crotch.
Testy testes placemarker.
You've only been called a communist. Until you get called nazi and wiccan, you haven't arrived.
Note that no creationist will criticize someone doing such name calling. By their silence, they all support such tactics just as by their silence, all creationists support they lying of the school board members.
NEW post 64 by Rightwing Conspiratr1 on 02 Nov 2005. I'm sick and tired of athiest monkey-worshipping communist swine ...