Kansas Evolution Hearings
I know this is old news (2005), but I just got around to reading the transcript (link above) today and I thought it very funny… and somewhat sad and pathetic. Of course, these kinds of things are still going on.
If you are really bored, you can read the complete transcript, but I’ll hit the highlights for you.
Witnesses for the anti-evolution committee of the Kansas Board of Education: Jonathon Wells, Mike Behe, Stephen Meyer, Mustafa Akyol (A Turkish Muslim, not a US citizen). There were about 20 or so total. Many with PhDs in Theology and Philosophy… a few science teachers (sigh).
Witnesses for the pro-science team: none.
Counsel (for lack of a better term): 3 or 4 members of the Kansas State Board of Education (each with an opportunity to question).
Counsel: 1 guy who knew what the hell he was doing.
Organization: Each Side would call their witnesses (experts?!?!?) and question for 40 minutes or so. The opposing side would then have half that time to cross-examine, then the calling side would have half of that time for redirect.
Funny Result: Even without calling any witnesses, and the deck full of anti-evolutionists, and the moderator obviously against him, and very hostile witnesses, the science team kicked ass. It wasn’t even close. Anyone with half a brain is able to see the religious motivation for changing the Kansas Science Standards.
It really is funny.