ID is repackaged religion

Published: Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 10:11 p.m.
In his January 1 letter Stephen Foster Smith adeptly explains the conceptual basis for intelligent design. Call it what you will, but this re-packaged (evolved?) form of creationism is not based on science but on religious faith and ecumenical philosophy.
The objection has been and will continue to be against injecting it into science curriculum. It does not and cannot meet the academic rigors of scientific method as has evolution.
A more appropriate way to introduce faith and philosophy into the schools would be to offer a comparative religion class. Given the world's current social and geo-political condition our youth should learn about all three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
It would benefit our culture tremendously for all citizens to be enlightened as to the historical development and progression of these dominant faiths and the influence each is having on social, economic and political forces that affect us today.
Susan Bottcher, Gainesville

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