The president announced his support today for teaching Intelligent Design Theory in public schools. The “theory” claims that a supernatural force was behind creation. Knight Ridder Newspapers reports:
The National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have both concluded that there's no scientific basis for intelligent design and oppose its inclusion in school science classes.
"The claim that equity demands balanced treatment of evolutionary theory and special creation in science classrooms reflects a misunderstanding of what science is and how it is conducted," the academy said in a 1999 assessment. "Creationism, intelligent design, and other claims of supernatural intervention in the origin of life or of species are not science because they are not testable by the methods of science."
Some scientists have declined to join the debate, fearing that amplifying the discussion only gives intelligent design more legitimacy.
As I’ve written before, proponents of the theory promote it as being a scientific theory when in reality it is simply creationism all dressed up. As a Christian, evolution doesn’t take anything away from my faith. I believe that God created life. Evolution is not at odds with that. But I don’t want my faith being taught in public schools as “the answer” and I certainly don’t want the pseudo-science in “intelligent design theory” being taught either.
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