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  • The ‘Darwinist Inquisition’ Starts Another Round

    09/30/2005 2:09:51 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 599 replies · 7,114+ views
    It's amazing that these Darwinian Fundamentalists claim they're for science only to turn around and try to destroy any contrary theories or evidence. They're really getting desperate, the ID movement really has them rattled. **** September 30, 2005 It’s happening again: another scientist, another academic institution, another attempt to stifle freedom of thought. The “Darwinist inquisition,” as a Discovery Institute press release calls it, is as predictable as it is relentless. This time the setting is Iowa State University. One hundred twenty professors there have signed a statement denouncing the study of intelligent design and calling on all faculty members...
  • Scientific support for 'intelligent design' disputed (MSM Gay Agenda alert)

    09/27/2005 7:22:58 PM PDT · by gobucks · 30 replies · 845+ views
    Macon Telegraph (Knight Ridder) ^ | 27 Sept 2005 | Robert Boyd
    At the heart of the argument over teaching evolution in the classroom is the claim that some scientists, not just religious believers, support the concept of "intelligent design." Advocates of intelligent design argue that living things are too complex to be explained by natural forces alone. Therefore, they say, only a higher power - God or an unnamed "designer" - could create life and empower it to evolve into the myriad species of organisms on Earth today. The vast majority of working scientists contend that biological evolution is an established fact supported by overwhelming evidence. They say that evolution's mechanism...
  • Dispute over evolution goes on trial in U.S. court

    09/26/2005 1:53:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 403 replies · 3,486+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 26, 2005 | Arthur Hirsch
    A Pennsylvania school district's use of "intelligent design" in its high school biology curriculum goes on trial in federal court today in the nation's first legal challenge to the idea, which contends that evolutionary theory alone does not explain how life on Earth took shape. The lawsuit, brought by 11 parents in the Dover Area School District, attacks as unconstitutional the year-old policy of telling ninth-grade biology students that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution "is not a fact. Gaps in the Theory exist for which there is no evidence." School officials also recommend a book on intelligent design, or ID....
  • Science Fiction (Leftists worry IDers are using Leftist tactics to win 'Intelligent Design fight)

    09/19/2005 6:01:22 PM PDT · by gobucks · 158 replies · 2,177+ views
    TNR ^ | September 9, 2005 | Noam Scheiber
    In 1993, the journalist Jonathan Rauch published a book called Kindly Inquisitors, in which he catalogued contemporary threats to the Enlightenment tradition of seeking truth through logical or empirical discourse. One of Rauch's points was that, while this (classical) liberal system for amassing knowledge appeared to be under attack from both the religious right and the multicultural left, in fact the two groups were making a version of the same argument: Mainstream science didn't accord their beliefs the respect they deserved, whether it was creation science on the one hand or feminist or Afro-centric science on the other. Rauch's book...
  • The trouble with Darwin (Bush's I.D. comments changed Australia's Educational Landscape)

    09/24/2005 7:20:09 AM PDT · by gobucks · 318 replies · 2,982+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 24 Sept 2005 | Damien Murphy
    The brawl between evolutionists and religious neo-conservatives over how life began is coming down to the survival of the slickest. For about 150 years Charles Darwin's evolution theory has held sway. But a new American theory, intelligent design, is getting a lot of press as scientists and intellectuals rush to the barricades to dismiss intelligent design as little else than "creationism" rebadged. Already a DVD featuring American scientists claiming intelligent causes are responsible for the origin of the universe and life has become Australia's biggest-selling religious video and intelligent design is starting to permeate school courses. Next year, hundreds of...
  • Ultimate thread on Dover, Pennsylvania's Evolution v. Intelligent Design trial

    09/23/2005 5:18:19 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 37 replies · 1,453+ views
    National Center for Science Education ^ | 23 September 2005 | Staff
    The trial in Kitzmiller v. Dover, the first legal challenge to the constitutionality of teaching "intelligent design" in the public schools, is scheduled to begin in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on September 26, 2005, and the media are already focusing attention on the case. As the York Dispatch (September 23, 2005) reports, journalists from The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and National Public Radio have already reserved space in the courtroom; Court TV sought but was denied permission to televise the trial. Paula Knudsen of the ACLU remarked, "It's the first time ["intelligent design"] has ever been in...
  • Intelligent designers down on Dover

    09/22/2005 6:53:07 AM PDT · by Right Wing Professor · 403 replies · 4,325+ views
    The York Dispatch ^ | 9/20/2005 | CHRISTINA KAUFFMAN
    Theory's largest national supporter won't back district The Dover Area School District and its board will likely walk into a First Amendment court battle next week without the backing of the nation's largest supporter of intelligent design. The Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based nonprofit that describes itself as a "nonpartisan policy and research organization," recently issued a policy position against Dover in its upcoming court case. John West, associate director of Discovery's Center for Science & Culture, calls the Dover policy "misguided" and "likely to be politically divisive and hinder a fair and open discussion of the merits of intelligent design."...
  • Intelligent Design: An Ambiguous Assault on Evolution

    09/22/2005 4:15:34 AM PDT · by SeaLion · 173 replies · 1,636+ views ^ | 22 September 2005 | Ker Than
    Editor's Note: This article is the first in a special LiveScience series about the theory of evolution and a competing idea called intelligent design. TODAY: An overview of the increasingly heated exchange between scientists and the proponents of intelligent design. COMING FRIDAY : Proponents argue that intelligent design is a legitimate scientific theory, but a close look at their arguments shows that it doesn't pass scientific muster. Science can sometimes be a devil's bargain: a discovery is made, some new aspect of nature is revealed, but the knowledge gained can cause mental anguish if it contradicts a deeply cherished belief...
  • Intelligent design? Not on this campus [Pennsylvania]

    09/21/2005 2:55:25 AM PDT · by SeaLion · 91 replies · 1,576+ views
    The Daily Pennsylvanian ^ | 21 September 2005 | Trang Do
    Intelligent design? Not on this campus Talk of evolutionary challenge absent from Penn courses; most want to keep it that way By Trang Do September 21, 2005 Penn offers over 30 courses focused on evolution, and countless others cover the theory in some respect. What Penn does not offer, however, is a course exclusively covering intelligent design. As the movement to incorporate the religion-based explanation of life into classrooms across the country has gained momentum, Penn professors have been largely resistant to teaching the concept. The absence of intelligent design -- which makes the assertion that certain features of an...
  • Darwin Goes to Church

    09/20/2005 5:35:52 PM PDT · by curiosity · 455 replies · 4,136+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/18/2005 | Rev. Henry G. Brinton
    Most adult Sunday school classes don't raise eyebrows, but my church is planning to hold one that's sure to. It's called "Evolution for Christians," and it will be taught this winter by David Bush, a member of the church I lead, Fairfax Presbyterian. David is an articulate government retiree who has been interested in this topic for nearly two decades, teaches a class on theories of the origins of life every five years or so, and once again has really done his homework. His view is that science and religion answer two different sets of questions about creation, with science...
  • Professor Limbaugh Debunks Junk Earth Science (Creation/evolution linked to environmentalism)

    09/06/2005 7:02:43 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 113 replies · 3,316+ views
    Rush Limbaugh | August 10, 2005 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We go to Whitney in Roanoke, Virginia. I'm glad you held on, Whitney. Thanks for your patience. CALLER: Oh, thanks for having me. RUSH: You bet. CALLER: I had a rational and intelligent argument, but now I'm a little nervous. I'm not sure how I'm going -- ha! ha! -- to present it, but it seems like to me that you just dismiss the environmental concerns just right offhand, and what I'm trying to figure out is: Are you dismissing the harbingers of doom and gloom themselves, or the environmental concern? RUSH: Uhhh. Am I just missing...
  • Cardinal Ratzinger's Thoughts on Evolution An Excerpt From "Truth and Tolerance"

    09/03/2005 8:32:59 AM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 33 replies · 817+ views ^ | ROME, SEPT. 1, 2005 | Cardinal Ratzinger
    Cardinal Ratzinger's Thoughts on Evolution An Excerpt From "Truth and Tolerance" ROME, SEPT. 1, 2005 ( Cardinal Christoph Schönborn's July 7 editorial in the New York Times entitled "Finding Design in Nature" provoked a flurry of reactions, both supportive and critical. Requests have begun to arrive in Rome for Benedict XVI to make some sort of clarification on the Church's stand regarding evolution. The following text, delivered in 1999 as part of a lecture at the Sorbonne in Paris by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (the future Benedict XVI) and subsequently published in the 2004 book "Truth and Tolerance" (Ignatius), can give...
  • Poll: Public divided on evolution

    09/01/2005 1:00:04 PM PDT · by joyspring777 · 117 replies · 1,337+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 9-1-05 | Will Lester
    WASHINGTON - Americans are divided over whether humans and other living things evolved over time or have existed in their present form since the beginning of time, according to a new poll. People on both sides of that argument think students should hear about various theories, however. Nearly two-thirds of those in a Pew Research Center poll, 64 percent, say they believe "creationism" should be taught alongside "evolution" - a finding likely to spark more controversy about what is taught in the schools. That controversy could be related to the difficulty of measuring public sentiment about teaching evolution, creationism or...
  • Evolutionapalooza in The New York Times [Huge attention from MSM]

    09/01/2005 8:03:13 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 597 replies · 5,237+ views
    A major three-part series in The New York Times, running August 21-23, 2005, was devoted to the ongoing evolution/creationism struggle in the political, the scientific, and the religious sphere. Accompanying the series in addition were a William Safire "On Language" column investigating the etymology of "intelligent design" and "neo-creo" and a marvelous editorial column by Verlyn Klinkenborg on deep time and evolution. (In a further acknowledgement of the importance of the issue, the Times's website now has a special section devoted to its evolution coverage.) Overall, despite a number of minor errors, the series succeeded in portraying "intelligent design" as...
  • Teaching Science (Another Derbyshire Classic!)

    08/30/2005 9:31:31 AM PDT · by RightWingAtheist · 436 replies · 4,140+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 30 2005 | John Derbyshire
    Catching up on back news this past few days — I was out of the country for the first two weeks of August — I caught President Bush's endorsement of teaching Intelligent Design in public school science classes. "Both sides ought to be properly taught," President Bush told a reporter August 2, "so people can understand what the debate is all about." This is Bush at his muddle-headed worst, conferring all the authority of the presidency on the teaching of pseudoscience in science classes. Why stop with Intelligent Design (the theory that life on earth has developed by a series...
  • Intelligent Design to be Taught in Australian Schools - Opponents Furious

    08/30/2005 8:11:27 AM PDT · by dukeman · 223 replies · 2,595+ views
    SYDNEY-- After decades of teaching the theory of Darwinian evolution as though it were established fact, school boards in Australia may rethink their approach. The Intelligent Design (ID) theory is making inroads with formerly skeptical members of the scientific community now that the mathematical improbability of the random and spontaneous generation of life has been more thoroughly analyzed. Australian Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson told reporters earlier this month that ID would have a place with Darwinism should parents or schools be interested. This announcement coincides with an attempt by researchers at Harvard University to debunk the Intelligent Design theory,...
  • Paleoanthropology: Start Over? (Open ended storytelling pawned as science)

    08/27/2005 9:08:20 AM PDT · by bondserv · 229 replies · 2,161+ views
    Creation-Evolution Headlines ^ | 8/22/05 | Creation-Evolution Headlines
    Paleoanthropology: Start Over?   08/22/2005     The September issue of National Geographic, featuring the African continent, has arrived in homes.  On page 1, Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post wrote about the quest for early man, asking, “Are we looking for bones in all the right places?”  The bulk of the article describes the “messy” story of human origins.  It used to be clean-cut, he said, but no longer: Scientists are good at finding logical patterns and turning data into a coherent narrative.  But the study of human origins is tricky: The bones tell a complicated story.  The cast of...
  • Show Me the Science [Critique of Intelligent Design, by Daniel Dennett

    08/28/2005 2:14:36 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 483 replies · 5,523+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 28, 2005 | Daniel C. Dennett
    ... Is "intelligent design" a legitimate school of scientific thought? Is there something to it, or have these people been taken in by one of the most ingenious hoaxes in the history of science? Wouldn't such a hoax be impossible? No. Here's how it has been done. ...
  • Intelligent design - coming to a school near you

    08/28/2005 4:07:56 AM PDT · by snarks_when_bored · 106 replies · 1,639+ views
    The New Zealand Herald ^ | August 27, 2005 | Chris Barton
    Intelligent design - coming to a school near you   David Jensen says the evolutionists' perspective relies on unproven scientific facts and theories. Picture / Greg Bowker   27.08.05   By Chris Barton   Science teachers say it has no place in the classroom. Christian educators say children shouldn't be denied alternative views. Science teachers retaliate that it's not science, it's religion behind a mask and they don't want a bar of it. Christian educators argue they can teach it alongside traditional science, so what are science teachers so afraid of? Science teachers' blood begins to boil. "It's not...
  • Can You Believe in God and Evolution?

    08/28/2005 6:57:43 AM PDT · by Skylab · 177 replies · 2,726+ views
    TIME ^ | Sunday, Aug. 07, 2005 | DAVID VAN BIEMA
    Can You Believe in God and Evolution? Four experts with very different views weigh in on the underlying question. By COMPILED BY DAVID VAN BIEMA >FRANCIS COLLINS Director, National Human Genome Research Institute I see no conflict in what the Bible tells me about God and what science tells me about nature. Like St. Augustine in A.D. 400, I do not find the wording of Genesis 1 and 2 to suggest a scientific textbook but a powerful and poetic description of God's intentions in creating the universe. The mechanism of creation is left unspecified. If God, who is all powerful...