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An evolving debate

"An evolving debate" Continued...

Issue: "An evolving debate," May 21, 2005

Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute testified that there is a "tremendous amount of criticism of the theory that students should be permitted to know about." For example, nearly 400 scientists, including professors at MIT, Rice, and Yale, have signed a Discovery Institute statement that questions "the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life."

Other Darwinian skeptics may be flying under the radar. For instance, the April 28 issue of the science journal Nature reported approaching a skeptical researcher who declined to be interviewed because he did not want to hurt his chances for tenure.

To Darwinists, though, the issue is all about religion. Intelligent Design, says Mr. Irigonegaray, is "creationism with a new wrapper. . . . We should not allow the minority to hijack science education and send it back to the 16th century."

By May 7, the last day of the hearings, the international and national media had departed; the press area had empty seats marked "Reuters," "Nightline," and "New York Times." Some audience members remained true believers: One compared not believing in Darwinism with not believing in germ theory. But another acknowledged that some scientific breakthroughs are denounced by mainstream science but turn out to be true.

Outside, a lone protester was handing out bumper stickers that said, "Kansans: not as bigoted as you think!" She asked those leaving Memorial Hall for a lunch break, "Do you want one of these or are you thoroughly indoctrinated?" Since supporters of a critical approach to Darwinism say their whole point is to oppose indoctrination, her question cut both ways. Asked which side she was on, her response was, "I'm opposed to a theocracy." Given the existence of the church of evolution, with Darwin as God, that still did not answer the question.

Timothy Lamer
Timothy Lamer

Tim is managing editor of WORLD magazine.

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