Intelligent design may be interesting as theology, but as science it is a fraud. It is a self-enclosed, tautological "theory" whose only holding is that when there are gaps in some area of scientific knowledge -- in this case, evolution -- they are to be filled by God. It is a "theory" that admits that evolution and natural selection explain such things as the development of drug resistance in bacteria and other such evolutionary changes within species but also says that every once in a while God steps into this world of constant and accumulating change and says, "I think I'll make me a lemur today." A "theory" that violates the most basic requirement of anything pretending to be science -- that it be empirically disprovable. How does one empirically disprove the proposition that God was behind the lemur, or evolution -- or behind the motion of the tides or the "strong force" that holds the atom together? In order to justify the farce that intelligent design is science, Kansas had to corrupt the very definition of science, dropping the phrase " natural explanations for what we observe in the world around us," thus unmistakably implying -- by fiat of definition, no less -- that the supernatural is an integral part of science. This is an insult both to religion and science.
Mainstream Republicans have to take up the cause on this, lest Democrats alone become the Party of Science. It has already swung that way in too large a fashion. Eventually the GOP will drive out the suburban thinking-middle class if "hocus pocus" bullshit is allowed to keep dominating. It is not just that it is bad for one Party or the other, it is horrible for the country. Granted, I keep waiting for this swing against low-brow religious dogma to happen and it hasn't. But it has to eventually -- just like someday Angelina Jolie will decide, "to hell with those Hollywood celebrities, I want that schlub with the average blog and the fez." Posted by Attaturk