Joined: Aug. 2005
It just got worse. This from Dr. Dobson:
Uh, oh, just got this release from Dr. Dobson:
Focus Pleased by Retraction of False Statements by Evolution Advocate
Ministry analyst echoes President Bush's call for alternative theories to be taught
Colorado Springs, Colo. — Focus on the Family expressed satisfaction today at the retraction by a leading Darwinist advocate of potentially libelous comments about an Intelligent Design proponent. Mark Hartwig, the ministry's social research analyst for the origins controversy, said, "This admission is only the latest example of the disregard for scientific fact and a long-running campaign of personal attacks on the part of those bent on mandating an evolution-only policy for our children's education."
Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, an evolution-advocacy group, has admitted to several errors contained in an article she wrote accusing California attorney Larry Caldwell of attempting to introduce books advocating Creationism into a public high school and attacking his credibility.
"This is a rare, and certainly begrudging, concession from one of Darwinism's leading advocates to a practice that is actually quite commonplace: the use of bad facts and bad science to prop up an intellectually bankrupt education policy," Hartwig said.
Intelligent Design is the view that intelligent causes are necessary to explain the complex, information-rich structures of biology and that these causes are detectable through observation and scientific inquiry.
Scott's admission came only after Caldwell, the president of Quality Science Education for All and an advocate of teaching Intelligent Design alongside evolution, filed a libel lawsuit against her.
"Driven by an underlying worldview that does not allow for any type of 'intelligent designer,' those who advocate evolutionary theory are dead-set against America's students hearing more than one narrow perspective, and use any means at their disposal to suppress those whose views differ from their own," Hartwig continued.
The retraction comes at the same time as President Bush has publicly supported the teaching of both Intelligent Design and evolution in schools. In an interview Monday, Bush said that he believes that both theories should be taught side-by-side, stating that, "part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought."
"President Bush is to be applauded for standing up for free-speech rights in the origins debate," Hartwig said. "Even a brief examination of the facts makes it crystal clear that American students deserve the chance to hear both sides of the debate and then draw their own conclusions."