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Monday, May 02, 2005

Intelligent Design, a religious movement disguised as science

The Dover, Pennsylvania school board recently adopted a policy requiring that high school science teachers teaching evolution tell their students that evolutionary theory, a theory that has been shown to explain the origins of life time and time again, is flawed, and that intelligent design is a valid alternative. The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), along with the AUSCS (Americans United for the Separation of Church and State), and 11 parents, are suing the school board, accusing the board of violating the separation of church and state (Banerjee A16). They are quite right. The sole purpose of "Intelligent Design" is to make creationism look like a scientifically credible theory, so that it can be perpetuated in public schools, among other places. Intelligent Design, however, is not supported by scientific evidence, and is invalid as a scientific theory.

This turns out to be a really interesting article. Although I've heard the Intelligent Design argument before, I have not heard it debunked in such a thorough manner. Also at the root of this issue is the admission that Intelligent Design is not meant to be used as proof against Evolution but rather as a tactic which confuses the education process of scientific theory.

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