Pennsylvania wingnuttery reigns supreme
* “Family-focused” whackjobs chastise GOP congressmen on anti-discrimination vote: A Pennsylvania pro-family organization says five Republican congressmen from the state are traitors to the pro-family cause. Diane Gramley (pic.), president of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania, says the five lawmakers were among 30 Republicans in the entire House who voted for Amendment 25 of the Children Safety Act of 2005. Gramley says that amendment adds “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the federal hate crimes bill.
Diane says Charlie Dent is down with the homos; she fears more PA Repugs have those “tendencies.”
Rep. Charles Dent, she says, has a record, even on the state level, to be “pro-homosexual,” so his vote did not surprise the pro-family leader. But she says she was surprised by two of the Republicans — Mike Fitzpatrick and Curt Weldon. Both Fitzpatrick, who Gramley describes as “the new kid on the block,” and Weldon have a history of being on the pro-family side — “but not this time,” she notes. Gramley says the other Republicans who supported the amendment were Jim Gerlach and Todd Russell Platts.
* They dig up scientists to defend “Intelligent Design”: As a judge in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, considers whether even brief mention of intelligent design should be banned from a York County classroom, some 85 scientists are coming to the defense of the Dover Area School District. The group has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, urging the judge to affirm the freedom to pursue scientific evidence “wherever it may lead.”
Not all the signers are proponents of the intelligent design model, but all agree that “protecting the freedom to pursue scientific evidence for intelligent design stimulates the advance of scientific knowledge.” The brief says a ruling against Dover’s policy would have “far-reaching detrimental effects beyond the schoolhouse doors.” Discovery Institute senior fellow David DeWolf says doubts over whether Darwin’s evolution theory adequately explains the evidence should be resolved “in the laboratory, not in the court room.” A trial brought by eight families and the ACLU began last week and is to resume today (Wednesday).