“Intelligent design is Sorely Misunderstood”
CSC associate director John West has a nice op-ed in today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
In “Intelligent design is sorely misunderstood” West makes the point that the ID scientific research program is sometimes highjacked by people who have little or no understanding of what the theory is about.
If foes are guilty of misappropriating intelligent design, however, so are some of its newfound friends.
As intelligent design has become a household term, a few well-meaning but misguided public officials have conflated the theory of design with creationism or tried to impose it by legislation.
And he again outlines Discovery’s education policy position which is so often miscontsrued:
Discovery Institute, the main research organization supporting ID scholars, opposes efforts to mandate intelligent design.
We think students should learn about the scientific strengths and weaknesses of Darwinism. Clearly, teachers should also be free to discuss design theory, provided the discussion is based upon scientific evidence, without fear of punishment or recrimination.