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Intelligent Decision On Intelligent Design Tuesday, December 20, 2005

U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III ruled against the Dover, Pa school board on including the "intelligent design" notion in high school biology class as an alternative to evolution. He said the requirement illegally promoted religion in public schools.

The current administration and many of their backers have railed against science across the board. This is becoming a problem for many in our country. The problem perhaps stems from the fact a majority of Americans don't believe in the evolution. Many still stand by traditional creationism and for some reason see the two as mutually exclusive of one another. As Jimmy Carter said in his recent book however, religion works for the unexplained, things we don't understand. Evolution is something we understand.

This dates back to before the legendary Scope Monkey Trial. Groups have been arguing over the biblical creationism vs. evolution for over a century now and by the looks of things, it won't end soon.

I've got a couple of thoughts here. I also mentioned them in a thread on Kos. First, I feel like much of this is standard operational bullshit by politicos and the religious right to maintain control over our existance. I think it has to do with bending our minds to their will and to try and get people to accept unprovable things instead of except them.

The other point, and I think this goes to more of the heart of the matter, is the homo-centric notion for humans. Most major religions believe humans have direct connection to their creator, whether you call it God, Allah or something else. They don't believe we could be related in any form to monkeys and other primates. We were created in the image of God. This goes against the very nature of that theory. Americans, more than many groups believe this. We see ourselves as a little closer to the creator than most countries. This is a problem. We are a "higher" form of life.

This issue isn't over by a long shot as many groups will fight these rulings. In the end, I'd say this might go to SCOTUS in one form or another. I just hope they make the correct decision.

posted by Stithmeister @ 8:52 PM

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