The Crusade Against Evolution
Excellent article from Wired on the evolution versus intelligent design "controversy".
"What these people want is for there to be a debate... People in the audience say, Hey, these people sound reasonable. They argue, 'People have different opinions, we should present those opinions in school.' That is nonsense. Some people have opinions that the Holocaust never happened, but we don't teach that in history."
The same people who want ID taught because it is a "differing opinion" are the exact same people who blow a gasket when Islam is taught to be a peaceful religion instead one dominated by murderous fanatics who want to kill all Christians.
"Intelligent design advocates say that teaching students to 'critically analyze' evolution will help give them the skills to 'see both sides' of all scientific issues. And if the Discovery Institute execs have their way, those skills will be used to reconsider the philosophy of modern science itself - which they blame for everything from divorce to abortion to the insanity defense. 'Our culture has been deeply influenced by materialist thought,' says Meyer. 'We think it's deeply destructive, and we think it's false. And we mean to overturn it.'"
What's more troubling to me than that last bit about overturning material culture (which, by the way, seems to be a bit more than offering a different opinion) is the "see both sides" comment. That's the problem with their "culture": nothing has more than two opposing sides. There is no in-between, nothing outside of two rigid possibilites. There certainly isn't any overlap or compromise. Just mark your X or get a zero for the day.
"The notion is noble enough: In a democracy, every idea gets heard. But in science, not all theories are equal. Those that survive decades - centuries - of scientific scrutiny end up in classrooms, and those that don't are discarded. The intelligent design movement is using scientific rhetoric to bypass scientific scrutiny. And when science education is decided by charm and stage presence, the Discovery Institute wins."