This piece pretty much is a representative portrayal of what is going on in the evolution/creationism debate all over the country:
Intelligent design emerged in the late 1970s and suggests there are certain aspects of the universe and nature that are best explained by an intelligent designer. But it avoids discussion of the designer, instead focusing on the complexity of life and the universe.
Proponents say that it is an alternative theory to evolution and has a place in public school classrooms because it fosters critical thinking.
“The theory of evolution has a lot of holes in it, and science students in our public schools should be given as much information to make intelligent decisions on their own to decide on the origin of the universe,” said Rep. Jack Hoogendyk, R-Texas Township, a gubernatorial candidate who has considered introducing legislation to allow it to be taught in Michigan classrooms.
But critics of intelligent design counter that it is simply repackaged creationism without scientific basis that stays away from discussion of God or religion to avoid being outlawed as unconstitutional.
“They haven’t done anything scientifically to warrant being in the classroom,” said Ed Brayton of Michigan Citizens for Science. “Evolution is beyond a doubt one of the most well-supported theories as a result of a century and a half of painstaking research by literally thousands and thousands of scientists. Yet they are demanding equal time.”
Read the whole thing, and then swing on onver to the Panda’s Thumb and check out Parts three and four of their report from inside the 2005 Creationism Mega Conference. If you haven’t already read them, here are parts one and two.
Also be sure to check out Ron Bailey’s dispatches over at Reason:
Thanks to Dave Straub for the Reason links.