Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council — which, again, has nothing to do with either families or research — recently sent an email to his followers ranting against public schools, saying, “Leftists don’t want a single American child to escape their thought control.” And he delivers this amusing line:
Today’s science classes often feature big-government political propaganda, taking time and focus away from true science. Not to mention attacks on the Bible and arrogant censoring of any theories like intelligent design that challenge their Darwinism.
Of course, “intelligent design” isn’t a theory at all. It’s just a repackaging of old-fashioned creationism. To use my favorite Biblical metaphor, they took the old wine of creationism and poured it into a new skin, putting the label “intelligent design theory” on it. But theories are testable explanations for a set of data and ID is neither testable nor does it explain anything.
Intelligent design is nothing more than an old “god of the gaps” argument: Evolution can’t explain (fill in the blank), therefore God must have done it. But all of their claims about what can’t be explained by evolution have been debunked long ago. And what little research people like Michael Behe have done has actually shown the exact opposite of what they claim. This has no place at all in science classrooms.