06/20/2005: And Maybe it's About Intelligent Aliens...
Dispatches From the Culture Wars has this excellent piece about the Lacking in Intelligence Design People and a link to this article More on the Intelligent Design and Experts won’t back Dover: School district lawyer claims conflict with intelligent-design advocates .
And this to say:
”….The [Discovery Institute] has been in a bind from the moment this case started. For the past few years, both sides in this dispute have been waiting for the case - the legal test case that would determine once and for all whether ID can be taught in public school science classrooms or whether the previous precedents against teaching "creation science" will be applied to ID in a similar manner. That's what all of the activity in this area for the last decade has been building toward. Everything that ID advocates have done during that time has been designed (yes, intelligently) to put legal distance between ID and the type of creation science that was banned from public school science classrooms in the Edwards decision. It's not by accident that the Wedge strategy was worked out by an attorney, Phillip Johnson. Johnson knew that the courts would not allow an explicitly religious idea be taught in public schools, so it was necessary to distance ID as much as possible from religion and make it appear to be religion-neutral.
This is why you hear constantly from ID proponents that the designer is not necessarily God, it could also be, for instance, aliens (never mind that this is flatly contradicted by the fact that the DI's official definition of Intelligent Design includes the claim that "certain features of the universe" are "best explained by an intelligent cause" - the makeup of the universe itself is well outside the reach of "aliens", because aliens, like humans, are part of the universe itself. No, their definition requires that the designer be outside the universe itself and hence "supernatural" because their definition combines cosmological and biological design). This is also why the DI was so upset by the discovery and release of the Wedge Document, because that document makes explicit the fact that the entire ID movement and strategy was designed as part of a larger campaign of Christian cultural renewal (which is also why the DI changed the name of its ID component from the Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture to merely the Center for Science and Culture). The DI is nothing if not politically savvy and they know that these little rhetorical details make a big difference. They also know that the success or failure of a court case to determine whether ID meets constitutional muster for public school science classrooms depends largely on how well they separate ID from religion….”
Now, generally, I feel it’s up to an individual as what they *wish* to believe (as long as they don’t try to embody their religious beliefs in our secular government or laws for the rest of us) - But I have to ASK:
Who in their Right Mind wants to argue for teaching I.D. on the basis that it’s not Really about God or a Divine Supernatural Being, but potentially ALIENS who are the responsible force for the organization “the certain unexplained features of the universe.”
Sheesh…just goes to show the levels of nonsensical some people will argue (without any rhyme, reason or proof) simply because part of the world and universe are as yet Beyond our ken or full explanation in all the workings and details.
Karen on 06.20.05 @ 07:00 AM CST