I listen to the pundits every weekend and love to hear what the opinions being spewed-out there are. Both the far right and the far left say some pretty incredible things but this weekend, Piyush "Bobby" Jindal (R-Louisiana) made a comment that went completely unchallenged.
He was asked his views on education vis-a-vis the subject of Creation Theory and he said that he would feel better if his children were presented with the best science and given all the facts in order to get the best education.
The problem is that Creation Theory (or the theory of Intelligent Design) is not science! It's religion going in the guise of science. But, when I put on my Dracula costume at Halloween, I do not become a vampire. And every boy knows that tieing on a cape does not make you Superman. (Except in your own imagination.)
Okay, sure, as I stated on Monday in my post, evolution is a theory, but it is a Scientific Theory. It makes definite predictions, it is testable, it could be (given evidence to the contrary) be disproved, it describes the world we live in, and it depends upon no supernatural agency.
By contrast, the theory of intelligent design is not a Scientific Theory. In claiming that the world is too complex to have evolved by chance, it certainly defines the world around us. The problem is, it makes no predictions, is not testable and has at its very center a supernatural agency.
The US Academy of Sciences defines Intelligent Design, as pseudo-science. It is a belief system, a theory in the terms that it has no proof, but as it does not fit the definition which is generally accepted, it is not science. You have your right to your personal belief structure, but (with the exception of Kansas) you have no right to impose it upon me or my children.
It's too bad that the moderator didn't have the chutzpah to challenge Mr. Jindal on his labeling of Creationism as Science. But then, what can you expect from the Liberal Media Conspiracy? Ha!
Wherever you are, have a great day!
Don Bergquist - June 19, 2008 - Lakewood, Colorado, USA