A Boehner for Science? Think Again
Two days later, Republicans in Congress selected John Boehner (sadly, not pronounced “boner”) to replace the infamous Tom DeLay as the new House Majority Leader. Despite all of the talk about a “change of direction” for the Republican Party, Boehner’s selection is a step back in terms of science policy, due to his support for teaching intelligent design in science classrooms. Evolutionblog has the details of the story, with additional commentary found at The Intersection.
In 2002, as Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, Boehner sent a letter to the Ohio State Board of Education to pressure it to teach alternatives to evolution in its classrooms. Support for teaching non-science in science classrooms indicates a strong anti-science agenda, and this should cast a shadow over Bush’s new public relations campaign to paint him and the Republicans as great science advocates. Sadly, there has been absolutely no coverage of this story in the mainstream media. Even the anti-evolution Discovery Institute thinks that this is a big deal, noting on its Evolution News & Views website that “It's good to see him in the new, more powerful role.”
That alone should raise a red flag.