Saturday, July 28, 2007

Controversy? What controversy?

The ID movement is down but not out. The Discovery Institute (DI) is still out there pushing their "teach the controversy" wedge program.

As Dr. Barbara Forrest states in her latest paper,

[T]he only real controversy is the one that the ID creationists have fabricated for the precise purpose of advancing their agenda. There is no legitimate scientific debate between ID and evolution, and there is no controversy within the scientific community concerning the status of evolutionary theory.
Because ID is a religious belief, allowing it to be inserted into the public school science classroom violates the constitutionally protected separation of church and state. Just as significantly, introducing ID into the classroom is detrimental to the teaching of real science. The methodology of modern science has consistently produced notable scientific achievements for more than three centuries. To ensure that American scientific progress continues—especially if American students are to contribute to it as scientists—we must ensure that our children have a proper understanding of science.
See her complete paper: Understanding the Intelligent Design Creationist Movement: Its True Nature and Goals here (pdf).
Dr. Barbara Forrest is a professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University. She testified for the plaintiffs in the Kitzmiller trial, and Judge Jones wrote in his ruling, "Dr. Barbara Forrest ... has thoroughly and exhaustively chronicled the history of ID in her book and other writings for her testimony in this case. Her testimony, and the exhibits ... admitted with it, provide a wealth of statements by ID leaders that reveal ID's religious, philosophical, and cultural content."


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