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Press Release

Source: Discovery Institute


Intelligent Design Group Urges California High School to Change Course

or Remove Intelligent Design

Wednesday January 11, 7:17 pm ET


SEATTLE, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A leading intelligent design group

today sent a letter to the El Tejon School District in California

requesting that the district either change the course materials or

change the name of the its "Philosophy of design" elective philosophy



Earlier this week the district's Frazier Mountain High School was sued

by Americans United for Separation of Church and State for offering a

philosophy course that purportedly teaches about the theory of

intelligent design.


In the letter, a Discovery Institute attorney writes: "The title and

nature of this course are problematic and appear to misrepresent the

content of the course and intelligent design." The letter later urges

the district to: "Either reformulate the course by removing the young

earth creationist materials or retitle the course as a course not

focused on intelligent design." The complete text is available online

at www.discovery.org/csc/.


"In reviewing the course description and syllabus, it's clear that the

course wrongly mixes intelligent design with young earth creationism or

Biblical creationism," said attorney Casey Luskin, program officer for

public policy and legal affairs at Discovery Institute's Center for

Science & Culture and author of the letter. "As far as we can tell,

more than half of the course content deals with young earth creationist

materials, so the title 'Philosophy of design' is misleading."


In the letter, Luskin explains why intelligent design is not the same

as creationism: "Intelligent design is different from creationism

because intelligent design is based upon empirical data, rather than

religious scripture, and also because intelligent design is not a

theory about the age of the earth. Moreover, unlike creationism,

intelligent design does not try to inject itself into religious

discussions about the identity of the intelligence responsible for

life. Creationism, in contrast, always postulates a supernatural or

divine creator."



Posted by A.Carlson:

Here is what appears to be a major flaw in the Discovery Institute's

overall game plan. Now that they have released the beast, they have

no control over it. Even as the former Dover school board showed, the

public at large is taking from ID what it chooses. In doing so, the

DI's major asset, namely the support from a great many

fundamentalists, is now showing itself to be a major impediment.


If the DI cannot divorce itself from fundamentalist versions riddled

with young earth creationism they have effectively lost the legal

battle and they know it. But by attacking young earth creationism in

a bid for legitimacy that is hardly forthcoming, they risk losing some

of their own major supporters. This has already been seen even prior

to the Dover case. It can only get worse for them.

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