Intelligent Design Is Not Intelligent

Thursday, August 04, 2005

On Monday, President Bush came out with an endorsement of intelligent design, saying that schools should teach both theories of evolution and intelligent design. The latter is the belief that life forms are so complex that their creation can't be explained by Darwinian evolutionary theory alone, but rather points to intentional creation, presumably divine. This is where Bush and the religious right are completely off-base. They want schools across the country to teach intelligent design in science classes. The problem is this: intelligent design is not a science. As the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have stated:

"The claim that equity damands balanced treatment of evolutionary theory and special creation in science classrooms reflect a misunderstanding of what science is and how it is conducted. Creationism, intelligent design, and other claims of supernatural intervention in the origin of life or of species are not science because they are not testable by the methods of science."

Not only are intelligent design and creationism not science, but whose god do they want us to believe created all this? Teaching intelligent design in school clearly flies in the face of separation of church and state. If you want your child to learn about creationism and intelligent design send them to a private school, otherwise keep religion out of the school system.

7 comments:

Jon Blaze said...

Ya! Schools should just stick to teaching about homosexuals!

jon blaze said...

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Sarah said...

...and how do our schools teach about homosexuals, jon?

By including the works of gay authors (your reference to the book burning post)? If so, you assume that these works TEACH homosexuality? Do you think that the literary contributions of Homer or Shakespeare should be banned? Are you afraid reading a gay author's book will somehow turn a kid gay? That's like thinking if someone reads a vegetarian cookbook they will turn vegetarian. Read up and get back to me. Start here and here, if you like. Or don't and continue to be close minded. Unlike whether someone is gay or not, that's your choice.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry. i ddin't know gay was a scientific fact. Show me that link.

Jon Blaze said...

woops

Sarah said...

I'm not sure I understand, anonymous (or jon, was that you?). You want a link to a scientific study that shows being gay exists? That it is genetic?

Please explain - and I'll see what I can find...

jj said...

Sarah you are not the only one that cant make sense of anony.

Intelligent design is simply a way for the religious right to try and get around the law that keeps creationism out of public schools.

The question I want answered from them is would they be willing to teach evolution on the same level in private religious schools or is it only in public schools they want to teach "both" sides?

 
 
 
 
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