Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The lies of "intelligent design"

Since it arose after World War I, Christian fundamentalist creationism has undergone its own evolution, taking on newer forms after absorbing repeated blows from the courts. "Intelligent design," as I will show, is merely the latest incarnation of the biblical creationism espoused by William Jennings Bryan in Dayton. Far from a respectable scientific alternative to evolution, it is a clever attempt to sneak religion, cloaked in the guise of science, into the public schools.

"Intelligent design" is not a scientific theory. It is politics, pure and simple. Christian fundamentalists, having lost repeatedly in the courts in an attempt to promote the lie that a major aspect of their theology is science have turned to political trench warfare. The article quoted above: The Faith That Dare Not Speak Its Name, by Jerry Coyne, exposes the strategy and tactics of this campaign. It's also a very well researched explanation of some of the main debating points and how the arguments used by "intelligent design" proponents are just plain wrong scientifically.

Very much worth reading in case you ever have to discuss the subject with a fundamentalist or a thoughtful but inadequately informed skeptic of evolution.

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