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Add newly-elected Louisiana governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, to the short list of people who think "intelligent design" belongs in science class, despite virtually every scientist of any renown on the planet claiming creationism is not science. What's next? Alchemy along side Chemistry? See the video...
REID: Let me make a sharp turn here to a different issue, an issue that has raised some controversy. Now, you were a biology major in college. I think you had a double major. But you were a biology major, and you support the teaching of intelligent design in schools. Do you have doubts about the theory of evolution?
Gov. JINDAL: A couple of things. One, I don’t think this is something the federal or state government should be imposing its views on local school districts. You know, as a conservative I think government that’s closest to the people governs best. I think local school boards should be in a position of deciding the curricula and also deciding what students should be learning. Secondly, I don’t think students learn by us withholding information from them. Some want only to teach intelligent design, some only want to teach evolution. I think both views are wrong, as a parent.
REID: But how about you personally? Where do you stand personally on the issue?
Gov. JINDAL: As a parent, when my kids go to schools, when they go to public schools, I want them to be presented with the best thinking. I want them to be able to make decisions for themselves. I want them to see the best data. I personally think that the life, human life and the world we live in wasn’t created accidentally. I do think that there’s a creator. I’m a Christian. I do think that God played a role in creating not only earth, but mankind. Now, the way that he did it, I’d certainly want my kids to be exposed to the very best science. I don’t want them to be–I don’t want any facts or theories or explanations to be withheld from them because of political correctness. The way we’re going to have smart, intelligent kids is exposing them to the very best science and let them not only decide, but also let them contribute to that body of knowledge.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-16 02:09:35
Reading this makes me sick to my stomach - as a species if we can't even get past something as straight forward as this how are we ever going to tackle large problems. I have lost faith in my nation, not just the government but the people.
McCain death-rictus smile redux Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-16 12:00:27
McCain has his death-rictus smile on demand. This Jindal feller has his own creepy little pedo-smile going on demand. People like this make my skin crawl. Fake. All of em.
Dont belive in secret hinduhists Posted by Bah on 2008-06-17 01:26:41
If hes really a catholic, he shouldnt belive in ID.So hes just making stuff up to appeal to red necks. When the tides changes he will be a democrat or something, just look a Rommey. The politicians are the reflet of their voters, they will believe what ever brings up the votes.
Posted by Gliscameria on 2008-06-17 20:16:46
ID? Seriously? Why not replace all of education with 'because God said so'? The whole point of science it to teach people to follow a logical pattern of thought. Just because you don't know every detail and mechanism doesn't make a theory invalid. If we gave up on every theory when it seemed the proof was beyond us and decided to just say "God made it that way" we'd still be in the stone age.
Families/communities teach religion and the state sticks to logic and science. Where would our court system be without science and logic?
Posted by Caterina on 2008-06-18 10:27:50
Bah, what on Earth are you saying? Intelligent Design is part of every Christian doctrine. ID is right out of the first chapter of the Bible. Catholics believe in the Old Testament just like any Christian.
BTW, both evolution and ID are theories. If not presented side by side for each child's own personal determination as to what is the truth, you're discriminating against one or the other side.
The only answer is to either teach both side by side, or allow the children who believe in ID opt out. Tax dollars and public schools shouldn't be used as a platform to teach Aethism anymore than Christianity.
Posted by Rudy on 2008-06-20 10:57:58
Caterina, ID is not a theory. It is a creation myth. And a scientific theory, as is the theory of evolution through random mutation and natural selection, is not, as you seem to believe, synonymous to "hypothesis". Quite the contrary: one or more hypotheses become a theory once overwhelming evidence supports them, as is the case of the theory of evolution. Evolution is a fact. The theory explains how it happens.
Quit making false claims Posted by Regal on 2008-07-15 19:09:19
What is wrong with you evolutionists? Why do you attempt to force intelligent design out of existent by ridiculing it? Do you realize how foolish previous Catholics look now by attempting to shut up Galileo for supporting Copernicus's heliocentric view of the solar system? Do you realize that there are plenty of scientists that believe in intelligent design? Why do you CLAIM evolution is a fact when in reality it is nothing more than a theory (hence THEORY of evolution)? In SCIENCE a fact is "something that can be verified according to an established standard of evaluation." We have MILLIONS of fossils on record. Why don't we have one fossil that displays evolutionary behavior? Intelligent design uses science and logic as much as evolution. LOGICALLY, carbon dating has a huge problem when different parts of one dead animal can be dated to different time periods or a recently dead animal can be carbon dated to thousands of years old. If you really believe evolution has all the answer (biological, astronomical, otherwise) why is our universe expanding at a faster rate which conflicts with the current model of the big bang? By the way, Einstein believed in God. Hawkins too. Sorry but I am so sick of people who happen to believe in evolution having this smug attitude and ridiculing intelligent design as if evolution has been proven. With all of our technology all attempts to recreate the building blocks of life in a lab have failed.
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