I came across an episode of the TV series Boston Legal where a member of a school board, Walter Fife, of a Boston public school was being sued because the school board fired three teachers who would not teach Intelligent Design along with Evolution. Here’s how the meeting with the lawyers at Crane, Poole, and Schmidt firm began:
Walter Fife: The School Board voted to include Creationism along with Darwinism in the eighth-grade science curriculum. The teachers refused. I terminated their employment. They sued.
Denny Crane: Massachusetts is a blue state. God has no place here.
Denny Crane, played by William Shatner, echoed a truism. I don’t believe there is a public school in Massachusetts that would ever decide to teach Creationism along with Evolution or a court would allow it. Crane’s comment immediately made me suspicious as to how the topic was going to be handled by the writers of the show.