Wednesday, September 28, 2005

You mean it's NOT the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Today's York Daily Record reports that Kitzmiller v. Dover witness Robert Pennock shot a hole in the "Intelligent Design is not religion" wink-wink-nudge code. Pennock, philosopher of science at Michigan State University and author of "Intelligent Design Creationism and its Critics" and "Tower of Babel," quoted Pope-of-Intelligent-Design Phillip Johnson:

This means that we affirm that God is objectively real as Creator, and that this reality of God is tangibly recorded in evidence accessible to science, particularly in biology.

This is significant because much of the discussion has been about the religious motivations of members of the Dover school board, which could lose the case for Dover but not necessarily for the ID pushers elsewhere (as long as they keep the locals on the script--no talk about a religious connection). Testimony like this fingers ID as a religious exercise, and it will be difficult for ID proponents to slither around this fact, even if they can manage to keep their local puppets on script.

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