GoogleIt Mail IT Print IT PermaLinkBut Pat, I Thought That Intelligent Design Wasn't About Religion?!
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Written By : Richard SchwartzCategory : News And Comment
Location : Wilmington, DE

It's not as if we didn't know this all along, but today Pat Robertson completely dropped the "it's science, not religion (nudge, nudge, wink, wink)" facade that the proponents of intelligent design have been trying to get people to fall for. As reported on CNN and elsewhere, Robertson used his television show to tell the people of Dover, PA "you just voted God out of your city because they voted out of office every single one of the members of the Board of Education who had backed the policy requiring teaching ID alongside evolution. One can only hope that Kansas will follow suit.before 2007, which is when their current state board's pro-ID policy comes into effect. (And since this is round two in Kansas, with any luck this time the voters will remember it for more than one election cycle.)


BTW: Here's a flawed, but still worth reading, essay about why intelligent is not science. The flaws are (a) the essay refers to the school board in Pittsburgh, instead of Dover, PA and (b) it refers to the 1919 validation of a prediction by Einstein's theory of relativity as "he predicted that a certain planet must exist in such-and-such a place even though it had never been observed before", but it was the apparent position of certain stars during an eclipse that was predicted. I wouldn't make a big deal of it, except that this is a very well-known story about one of the most imporant events in the history of science. The writer obviously knew enough about it to get the year right, but he pretty much got everything else about it wrong. I just find it sad that an otherwise well-written essay loses credibility for itself and its author by not getting the details right.


Update: The first flaw has been corrected. The second hasn't.

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