Wednesday, November 23, 2005
The pro from Dover
Once or maybe twice a year, I disagree with Gene Lyons.
Not this week. Here he is on the Dover court case. Totally pro.
ID got exposed as Biblical Fundamentalism in a badly fitting lab coat. Lest you suspect exaggeration, ponder this sentence from creationist textbook called “Of Pandas and People” cited in the Louisiana case: “Creation means that various forms of life began abruptly through the agency of an intelligent creator, with their distinctive features already intact - fish with fins and scales, birds with feathers, beaks, and wings, etc.”
Here it is again from a post-1987 edition of the same book, purchased by the Dover school board: “Intelligent design means that various forms of life began abruptly through an intelligent agency, with their distinctive features already intact - fish with fins and scales, etc.
Not much additional research appears to have been done.
The scientist who fared worst on the witness stand was Michael Behe, a biochemist from Lehigh University and author of the best-selling book “Darwin’s Black Box.” Surrounded by stacks of books and journal articles dealing with the evolution of the human immune system, a mystery his book argued “scientific literature has no answer” for, Behe was reduced rhetorically dismissing works he obviously knew nothing about.
In a real country, this would mean the end of ID.
In Bushco, it's just another act in the circus.
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