Pres. Bush Supports Intelligent Design
edarrell at sbcglobal.net
Tue Aug 2 06:42:07 PDT 2005
They don't want ID to be taught. Following the decision of Judge William Overton in McLean v. Arkansas, anything can be taught as science so long as there is some science behind the stuff -- a body of research and a general consensus that the hypothesis works to some degree.
Intelligent design is not ready for prime time, some of the advocates argue. The advocates are still struggling to formulate any hypothesis that might lend itself to scientific examination, nor is there any general set of settled hypotheses that might lead to a general theory of intelligent design.
Consequently, the big money ID advocates wish to avoid a court decision that points that out. Since there is no significant body of science there, they fear a decision that says a decision to teach it now is done on the basis of religion. Judge Overton's finding that creationism is religion has been fatal to plans to teach creationism; that was the basis for the judgment against the Louisiana statute in Edwards v. Aguillard, which the Supreme Court agreed with in 1987.
In the current controversies, the proposal is to put intelligent design into biology classes.
RJLipkin at aol.com wrote:
In a message dated 8/2/2005 9:23:38 AM Eastern Standard Time, stcynic at crystalauto.com writes:
the primary ID advocates themselves continually say that they don't want ID to be taught in science classrooms. In fact, when my side says that they do they throw a fit about how we're misrepresenting their position.
Where do they want ID to be taught? If not in a course examining the truth of the origin of the universe/people and so forth, teaching ID would seem to be harmless even from a separationist perspective.
Robert Justin Lipkin
Professor of Law
Widener University School of Law
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