Tuesday, August 02, 2005

I can hear the screams now

According to SFGate, President Bush has personally endorsed the teaching of intelligent design theory alongside evolution in public schools.

It isn't a directive; it's the President's personal opinion.

But sectarians will now be screaming about how the president is a creationist who obviously has a brain the size of a pea and should be impeached for breaching the separation of church and state and so on...and so forth...ad nauseum.

And nobody will notice (well, almost nobody) that creationism is not the same thing as intelligent design.

And nobody (well, almost nobody) will catch the following lie in the news coverage:

"The theory of intelligent design says life on earth is too complex to have developed through evolution, implying that a higher power must have had a hand in creation."

That isn't so. The theory of intelligent design does allow for the idea of life on earth to develop through evolution, but it also says that this evolution could not have been through the random mutation of organisms. Rather, it says that evolution was providentially guided by the hand of God.