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Wedging into Power Politics

Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross

in Creationism's Trojan Horse

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195157420
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894000 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157420.003.0009
Wedging into Power Politics

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This chapter examines the Discovery Institute’s aggressive cultivation of political influence at the state and national levels. Its maneuverings in Washington State, Kansas, and Ohio are discussed in detail. The discussion of Kansas includes the establishment of the Intelligent Design Network as a de facto arm of the Discovery Institute and the two organizations’ attempt to insert intelligent design into Kansas’s state science standards. The effort to insert intelligent design into Ohio science standards includes the Discovery Institute’s adoption of terms such as “teach the controversy” to disguise its true aims. The chapter concludes with a detailed discussion of the Discovery Institute’s “Santorum amendment,” an episode in which stealth creationist language was inserted into the legislative history of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001.

Keywords: Discovery Institute; Washington State; Kansas; Ohio; Intelligent Design Network; Santorum Amendment; No Child Left Behind Act

Chapter.  19606 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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