Sunday, August 07, 2005

Bush Remarks On 'Intelligent Design' Theory Fuel Debate

President Bush caused an unholy ruckus among liberal Democrats on Monday by suggesting that students " ought to be exposed to different ideas" when it comes to the origin of life.

From the Washington Post:
President Bush invigorated proponents of teaching alternatives to evolution in public schools with remarks saying that schoolchildren should be taught about "intelligent design," a view of creation that challenges established scientific thinking and promotes the idea that an unseen force is behind the development of humanity.

Although he said that curriculum decisions should be made by school districts rather than the federal government, Bush told Texas newspaper reporters in a group interview at the White House on Monday that he believes that intelligent design should be taught alongside evolution as competing theories.

"Both sides ought to be properly taught . . . so people can understand what the debate is about," he said, according to an official transcript of the session. Bush added: "Part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought. . . . You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, and the answer is yes."

Bush is not talking about Creationism here. Just the idea that someone a little smarter than the average scientist or professor or politician might be behind the universe we observe.

If you've ever looked at code of a computer application there is no doubt that some serious intelligence went into making that program do what it does. Yet most programs are designed to allow at least some user input that will then affect the way the program behaves and responds.

Why then could an intelligent creator not have made the laws that govern the universe, set it all in motion, and then left it open for him to tweak things here or there? And why can't the possibility of that even be brought up in a classroom?

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