NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch contributed an opinion piece to the latest issue of Seed, "a popular science magazine for our times aimed at smart, young, and curious men and women who are passionate about science and its fast-changing place in our culture." Branch discusses the continuing antievolutionist ploy of calling for "teaching the controversy," remarking, "Couched in attractive secular terms such as 'analysis,' 'objectivity,' and 'balance,' the policies appeal to Enlightenment values. But their focus on evolution reveals a darker agenda." Since the article was written, the proposed "objective origins" policy in Darby, Montana -- referred to in the opening and closing paragraphs -- seems to have disappeared, following an electoral shakeup of the school board.
June 4, 2004