Ohio Governor Sorry For Backing ID
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Taft: School board will back evolution
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Looking back yesterday on his eight years as governor, Bob Taft said one of the lessons he learned was to ensure that potential appointees to the state Board of Education don’t support teaching intelligent design in public-school science classes.
"I learned that lesson about four years ago," Taft said, a reference to previous appointees who backed intelligent design, the idea that life is too complex to have evolved without an unnamed intelligence, perhaps God.
Taft said he plans to appoint four new members to the board before he leaves office and that he will not name anyone who doesn’t back the teaching of evolution.
"I want people who are really committed to teaching good science in school, and I think that intelligent design does not play a role in the sci- ence curriculum," Taft said.