Magazine article Church & State

Ohio School Board Member Drops Push for 'Intelligent Design'

Magazine article Church & State

Ohio School Board Member Drops Push for 'Intelligent Design'

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A member of the Springboro, Ohio, school board has dropped a proposal to add "intelligent design" to the curriculum after it sparked a negative reaction.

Kelly Kohls, who was elected to the board as a Tea Party activist on a platform of fiscal responsibility two years ago, told the Dayton Daily News, "Creationism is a significant part of the history of this country. It is an absolutely valid theory and to omit it means we are omitting part of the history of this country."

Kohls added, "My input on creationism has everything [to do] with me being a parent and not a member of the Tea Party. We are motivated people who want to change the course of this country. Eliminating God from our public lives, I think, is a mistake and is why we have gone in the direction of spending beyond our means."

Kohls received support from Scott Anderson, a fellow member of the five-member board.

"If it came up, I would support it," Anderson said. "I'm a Christian. I believe God created us. I'd like to see God back in school."

During a July board meeting, Kohls asked the district's curriculum director to look into ways to provide supplemental instruction about creationism. She insisted she was not pushing the idea but just had some questions.

Other members of the board said the proposal was legally problematic and a distraction from pressing financial problems in the school system.

"I think we have other issues more important to deal with," said board member Mike Kruse. "No way, no how, no place should it be in public schools. …

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