Bush and creationism

From: Carol or John Burgeson <burgytwo@juno.com>
Date: Wed Aug 03 2005 - 13:40:18 EDT

A sharp debate between scientists and religious conservatives escalated
Tuesday over comments by President Bush that the theory of intelligent
design should be taught with evolution in the nation's public schools.

 New York Times


Part of the article:

... Mr. Bush's conservative supporters said the president had indicated
exactly that in his remarks.

"It's what I've been pushing, it's what a lot of us have been pushing,"
said Richard Land, the president of the ethics and religious liberties
commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Land, who has close
ties to the White House, said that evolution "is too often taught as
fact," and that "if you're going to teach the Darwinian theory as
evolution, teach it as theory. And then teach another theory that has the
most support among scientists."

But critics saw Mr. Bush's comment that "both sides" should be taught as
the most troubling aspect of his remarks.

"It sounds like you're being fair, but creationism is a sectarian
religious viewpoint, and intelligent design is a sectarian religious
viewpoint," said Susan Spath, a spokeswoman for the National Center for
Science Education, a group that defends the teaching of evolution in
public schools. "It's not fair to privilege one religious viewpoint by
calling it the other side of evolution."


The Discovery Institute in Seattle, a leader in developing intelligent
design, applauded the president's words on Tuesday as a defense of
scientists who have been ostracized for advancing the theory.

"We interpret this as the president using his bully pulpit to support
freedom of inquiry and free speech about the issue of biological
origins," said Stephen Meyer, the director of the institute's Center for
Science and Culture. "It's extremely timely and welcome because so many
scientists are experiencing recriminations for breaking with Darwinist

At the White House, intelligent design was the subject of a weekly Bible
study class several years ago when Charles W. Colson, the founder and
chairman of Prison Fellowship Ministries, spoke to the group. Mr. Colson
has also written a book, "The Good Life," in which a chapter on
intelligent design features Michael Gerson, an evangelical Christian who
is an assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning.

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