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Science and religion have resolved their differences over the earth's rotation around the sun. Now the issue is evolution, after President George W. Bush's declaration that both evolution and intelligent design should be taught in the schools.
The Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based think tank, wants to convince the public that modern science is wrong about evolution and that schools should teach intelligent design, two extremes critics claim are not equals.
The intelligent design strategy began after the 1987 Supreme Court's decision banned the teaching of creationism in public schools. The Discovery Institute responded with "The Wedge Document" and encouraged schools in Ohio and Kansas to challenge evolution.
The Discovery Institute argues that the complexities of human cells cannot be explained by evolution alone. Critics disagree with this idea and the institute's method of presenting a specious argument that both sides should be heard.
Cal Thomas believes a form of secular fundamentalism can be found at America's universities and in the culture. Although earlier scientists recognized an intelligent creator, George Will does not believe intelligent design has a place in the science classroom.
There is no evidence that intelligent design has a scientific foundation. Thomas believes Bush's position is political--to appeal to the people in the "red" states. According to Will, Bush actually believes in intelligent design.
According to Will, the Discovery Institute appeals to a misplaced sense of fair play and the awe of science to infuse the mass culture with its position on intelligent design. Thomas believes "red state" voters feel their values are unwelcome in the public arena.
Thomas argues that the debate of evolution and intelligent design would lack resonance except it is lumped with other issues such as school prayer and abortion. Will believes that politics and people's fears of a worsening society keep the debate an issue.
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