Bush Wants Creationism Taught in Science Class
Posted on August 8, 2005President Bush wants intelligent design taught in science classes alongside evolution. Intelligent design is just a Christian right marketing spin on creationism. It would be an extremely bad idea to teach this in schools because not only does it force a religious belief on students but it also takes valuable time away from teaching science. The Washington Post also reports on Bush's announcement about intelligent design.
Much of the scientific establishment says that intelligent design is not a tested scientific theory but a cleverly marketed effort to introduce religious -- especially Christian -- thinking to students. Opponents say that church groups and other interest groups are pursuing political channels instead of first building support through traditional scientific review.
The White House said yesterday that Bush's comments were in keeping with positions dating to his Texas governorship, but aides say they could not recall him addressing the issue before as president. His remarks heartened conservatives who have been asking school boards and legislatures to teach students that there are gaps in evolutionary theory and explain that life's complexity is evidence of a guiding hand.