I tire of columnists like Basu and her ilk. They wrap themselves up in their definition of the First Amendment of the Constitution and cry “violation of Church and State!” I don’t know about you, but I have read the Constitution and no where have I seen that statement. That phrase comes from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury (CT) Baptist Association, not the Constitution.
What I do see is an establishment clause. Now does promoting Intelligent Design in schools equate establishment. I believe that teaching evolution is a violation of the establishment clause. It essentially asserts that there is no Creator. Isn’t that a religious statement? Doesn’t that make a definite theological claim. It does seem that way to me. Evolution (macro, not micro) has not been proven. No missing link has been found in the fossil record. There are major weaknesses in the theory of evolution, while there is scientific proof that does point to intelligent design. Why is evolution the only thing that is taught in school then?
How about this. If you don’t want to teach Intelligent Design (the science, not theology) as a theory alongside of evolution, then let’s not teach evolution either. Just stop addressing the topic. Heaven forbid we have a free exchange of ideas in our public schools!
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