Some people get upset with those who say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." I get upset when people use "Intelligent Design" - ID - instead of God.
There was some Old Testament commandment against pronouncing the name Jehovah but does that prohibition extend to the more generic term?
Intelligent Design believes that organisms are too complex to have evolved in random fashion. I question the logic. If complexity indicates intelligence, then the income tax form would have been designed by very smart people.
A number of grammarians believe that human speech is too intricate to be caused by natural selection. For me, the process of natural selection is miracle enough.
The problem I have with Intelligent Design is that if it happened once, why can't it happen again? The operations of our state and federal governments don't show much intelligence.
The American Dialect Society has chosen "truthiness" as the word of the year for 2005. Its meaning applies to concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts.
ID is a theory embracing truthiness. Evolution is also a theory, even though it is supported by tons of facts, as evidenced by skeletons and fossils in museums.
The ruling in Pennsylvania would allow Intelligent Design to be taught in high school but not in the sciences. So courses in Intelligent Design could be offered for those not interested in passing college entrance examinations.
Intelligent Design is more about religion and politics than science. Its think tank, the Discovery Institute, is not engaged in experiments to prove or even support ID but only in arguments against evolution.
The creator of ID was a law professor not a scientist. This is fitting because the truthiness of ID will be not be exposed in scientific laboratories but in law courts.
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