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  • Sunday, June 10, 2007


    Intelligent Design is Neither

    The links between old school Creationism and the shiny modern version known as Intelligent Design (ID) are not difficult to trace. While I am loathe to throw stones at anyone's religious beliefs, when articles of faith are pushed as "science" into the public arena, I'm ill-disposed to be tolerant of blatant ignorance.

    I found a blurb about a recent position paper is worth following up on:
    The Center for Inquiry released a new position paper, "Understanding the intelligent design creationist movement: Its true nature and goals," on May 29, 2007. Written by Barbara Forrest, the paper (PDF) examines "the ID movement's organization, its historical and legal background, its strategy and aims, and its public policy implications," arguing that, "In promoting 'intelligent design theory' -- a term that is essentially code for the religious belief in a supernatural creator -- as a purported scientific alternative to evolutionary theory, the ID movement continues the decades-long attempt by creationists either to minimize the teaching of evolution or to gain equal time for yet another form of creationism in American public schools. Accordingly, the ID creationist movement threatens both the education of the nation's children and the constitutional separation of church and state, which protects the religious freedom of every American."
    Well worth a look-see.


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