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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Intelligent design belongs — but not in our schools
People can dress religion up and call it Intelligent Design, but America must see through the sheep’s clothing and recognize it for the wolf that it is...

A new campaign against teaching science in schools that does not conform to Judeo-Christian interpretations of the book of Revelations has been growing. Nine states have recently proposed legislation that would require that Intelligent Design, a Trojan horse of Christian teachings, be taught in public schools with equal weight as evolution...

But Christian activists have a political sleight-of-hand to use against this barrier, called Intelligent Design. This belief is that the biology on our planet is too complex to have been formed by chance or circumstance and therefore must have a divine origin.

Proponents will argue that Intelligent Design is non-denominational, as it does not specify a Christian God. Such statements are hard to swallow when you consider that the creator of ID, Phillip Johnson, has publicly admitted:

“The objective is to convince people that Darwinism is inherently atheistic, thus shifting the debate from creationism vs. evolution to the existence of God vs. the non-existence of God. From there people are introduced to the truth of the Bible and then the question of sin and finally introduced to Jesus.”

Thanks, Phil, I couldn't have said it better myself.

This is not about objectivity or "equal time". This is not about science. Although it was a depressing victory for the Reactionary Right, November's election also forced them (not unwillingly) to expose themselves. Now their true motives are crystal clear, as are those of their "secular" proxies. It might be an uphill battle, but it's now an easier one. Creationists can't hide behind science while they're gloating over every small victory along the path to a fundamentalist Christian theocracy.

Does Seattle group "teach controversy" or contribute to it?

Which came first, the controversy or the teaching of the controversy? The controversy, of course, but only after those wanting to teach it created it out of thin air.

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