Posted by Dave Thomas on September 23, 2005 11:55 AM

The Rio Rancho School Board met again on Sept. 19th, and the Rio Rancho Observer reported on Sept. 22nd that Board president Lisa Cour said there are

no current plans to revisit that decision.

“That decision,” of course, is Rio Rancho’s adoption of “Science Policy 401,” discussed previously here.

Also, on the preceding Sunday, the Flying Spaghetti Monster made a glorious appearance on the Observer’s Editorial Page.
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FSM’s appearance in the Observer was part of a larger cartoon I did, available in its entirety here (430 K).

Here is another snippet. The ‘toon was titled “Battle of the Designers.”

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The Observer also noted that

“Intelligent Design is not being taught,” clarified Superintendent Dr. Sue Cleveland, although “students may bring those issues up.”

Three of the five people speaking Monday evening opposed the policy while two people, including one man who termed the board “brave and courageous in undertaking this policy” referred to several Biblical passages during his three minutes.

Dave Thomas, the president-elect of the New Mexico Academy of Sciences, told the board, “The science establishment of New Mexico [has] reacted to and responded to (Policy 401).”

“Science classrooms are no place to debate the finer points of religion,” said Thomas, who said he has a grand-niece attending school in Rio Rancho, “Please rescind this policy.”

Prof. Steve Steve also attended the Sept. 19th meeting, but was not allowed to speak.

Will the Rio Rancho Board ever revisit its unfortunate decision? Will Nell escape Snidely’s fiendish trap? Stay tuned …