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Creationism's Trojan HorseThe Wedge of Intelligent Design$
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Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157420.001.0001

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Wedging into Power Politics

Wedging into Power Politics

(p.215) 8 Wedging into Power Politics
Creationism's Trojan Horse

Barbara Forrest

Paul R. Gross

Oxford University Press

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

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