Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Yeah, about that "exposed to different theories" notion ...

So ... when it comes to evolution and Intelligent Design, the Bush administration thinks that hearing "both sides" of the debate is a good thing:

In Washington, White House spokesman Scott McClellan repeated Mr. Bush's contention that these decisions should be made locally.

But in a comment aimed at pleasing Mr. Bush's conservative supporters, Mr. McClellan added, "The President has also said that he believes students ought to be exposed to different theories and ideas so that they can fully understand what the debate is about."

Of course, that "hearing both sides" idea clearly has its limits:

One of George W. Bush's first acts as president -- literally on his first full day in office -- was to delight conservative supporters by reinstating the Global Gag Rule. The rule prohibits U.S. foreign aid money from flowing to overseas family planning organizations that provide abortion services or even talk favorably about abortion to their patients or the public.

I'm guessing that this is all a matter of "context" or something.

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