Traipsing Into Evolution: Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Decision
John West and Casey Luskin respond to Judge John Jones's written decision in the case Kitzmiller versus Dover Area School District. The case was a challenge to the Dover, Pennsylvania school board's decision to make students aware of the theory of intelligent design. Judge Jones ruled that the board's policy violated the Constitution because intelligent design amounts to little more than a religious theory. Mr. West and Mr. Casey review the case and argue that the theory of intelligent design is based on science not religion, and that proponents of intelligent design want to challenge the teaching of evolution on scientific grounds not religious ones. This event was hosted by the Discovery Institute in Washington, DC.
John West, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, is associate director of the Institute's Center for Science and Culture and associate professor of political science at Seattle Pacific University. His books include The Politics of Revelation & Reason: Religion and Civic Life in the New Nation and Celebrating Middle Earth: The Lord of the Rings as a Defense of Western Civilization. Casey Luskin, currently an attorney, was a researcher at the Scripps Institution for Oceanography from 1997 to 2002. He is is co-founder of the Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center.
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Luskin, currently an attorney, was a researcher at the Scripps Institution for Oceanography from 1997 to 2002. He is is co-founder of the Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center (ideacenter.org).
John G. West
John West, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, is associate director of the Institute's Center for Science and Culture and associate professor of political science at Seattle Pacific University. His books include "The Politics of Revelation and Reason: Religion and Civic Life in the New Nation" and "Celebrating Middle Earth: The Lord of the Rings as a Defense of Western Civilization."
This is nonsense. The Discovery Institute had several individuals set to testify in front of the court to provide their view. However, all of them cancelled except one. Once again, Christians are trying to revise history for their own gain.
The DI NEVER wanted to be involved in this case. They knew ID would get itself its head handed on a silver plate. And that is exactly what happened.
To these guys Dover v. Kitzmiller must have looked like two trains on collision course in slow motion and one could literally hear them scream
Why don't they admit they lied in court about the real reason for changing creationism into ID. Just to try and bypass the constitution forbidding Religion in school! All this waffle leaves me cold. Don't try and take the world back to the dark ages, or even farther back to the bronze age where your Bible came from. Myth does not qualify as science. Keep your archaic Biblical morals in your churches and keep it to yourselves, please.
The theory of evolution is scientific, creationism - or intelligent design - is not. The theory of evolution is being used as we speak to develop a vaccin for the Mexican flu and to find a cure for many, many other diseases. The theory of evolution enables us to make predictions on where to find what in the geological strata. Intelligent design is completely useless for anything. ID is just like any other religion: there is no evidence whatsoever for the existence of any supreme being, let alone one that created the universe and is interested in who I have sex with.
If you teach ID in schools, you might as well start teaching alchemy and astrology.
Facts should be taught in schools, not wishful thinking or iron age myths.
These guys just cleaned the judge's clock! I'm sure judge Judy or judge Joe Brown would have dealt with the vidence in a more even-handed way. As far as the theory of ID is concerned the "designer" could be something far removed from a traditional concept of God. It could be simply a more advanced civilization, just as mortal and just as fallible as humans, which might not even be around any more, for that matter, who knows. For evolution zealots to even prohibit the mere mention of ID smacks of dark ages men of the cloth burning thinking heretics at the stake. It certainly seems appropriate, at a minimum, to alert high school students to the limitations of evolution when it comes to explaining key life origins questions.