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INTELLIGENT DESIGN: creationism in new clothes. Among 34 nations polled in 2005, the U.S. ranks next

February 10, 2009

February 12, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. Summary: creationism in new clothes, "intelligent design" (ID) is a religious belief that conservatives want taught in the schools instead of traditional science, biology, and evolution. (According to National Geographic news, among 34 nations polled in 2005, the U.S. ranks next to last in acceptance of evolution theory; researchers say the number of Americans who are uncertain about the theory's validity has increased over the past 20 years.) In a Pennsylvania court case in 2006, U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III: "The overwhelming evidence at the trial established that ID is a religious view, a mere re-labeling of creationism, and not a scientific theory.…Those who disagree with our holding will likely mark it as the product of an activist judge. If so, they will have erred as this is manifestly not an activist Court. Rather, this case came to us as the result of the activism of an ill-informed faction on a school board, aided by a national public interest law firm eager to find a constitutional test case on ID, who in combination drove the Board to adopt an imprudent and ultimately unconstitutional policy.” For more information on the forthcoming Unspinning the Spin: The Women’s Media Center Guide to Accurate, Bias-Free Language, click here.