ID = Creationism Re-PackagedMy latest letter to the editor of my local rag was published today:
Intelligent design (ID) is creationism in a new package, one that is all sophisticated marketing and absolutely no science.
The Discovery Institute has almost single-handedly put ID into the public eye over the last decade. It's basically a right-wing political organization, funded by some serious fundamentalists. A leaked 1999 Discovery Institute internal memo stated quite clearly that ID supporters have a theological agenda and intention to use ID as a "wedge" issue in the culture wars.
ID is a religious and cultural concept, but not a scientific one. Even the president's own science adviser, John H. Marburger III, says, "Intelligent design is not a scientific concept."
ID is packaged and branded to seem like science, but it doesn't pass the rigors of the scientific process. It is unproven and unprovable. Such things are matters of faith, not science.
ID can be taught in a philosophy class, but not in a biology or other science class. There, evolution is the only acceptable scientific explanation for life on Earth. There is simply no debate.