ID - The Spawn of Creationism
So basically this is what they are trying to do: Anyone can create a theory (Intelligent Design in this case) and call it "logical" ("life is complex = life has a designer"). Now if this theory (and it really is just a theory while evolution is a scientific theory - meaning evolution is valid and can be observed, repeated and developed) happens to have many supporters (=many religious nutjobs) and if some of those supporters happen to have enough influence and money you can try to make schools teach your theory. So that's all there is. Intelligent Design is not a result of scientific research - it's a guess based on a religious fictional story. It has no facts to support it - only that some think that it's logical. And this is what they want to teach you at school? Evolution can be observed and it is repeatable. Intelligent Design is neither observable nor repeatable - it's just a wild guess.
Ask these Intelligent Design "theorists" (=pseudoscientific clowns) do they accept the possibility that UFOs (intelligent lifeforms creating life = intelligent design) created mankind and they'll find a way around it. Ask them do they accept the possibility that there were many "intelligent" beings (=gods) behind the creation of the universe and they'll find a way around it. That's because these Christians accept only one God - not gods or ufos. Surely there are secular ID supporters but they're not the ones gathering all the publicity.
Many ID advocates (Creationists) would like to think that their "theory" is challenging evolution. Give me a break. This pathetic attempt will fail just like every similar attempt before has failed. Even small victories for Creationists usually end up being reversed sooner or later and it's always evolution in the end that triumphs. And then there's Europe of course. No matter what goes on in The Eden of Ignorance (the Bible territory in the United States - Texas & co.) the post-religious Europe will most likely survive this new wave of idiotism (and have at least one good reason to laugh at America).
The Creationists still have one base left - private schools. Public funding for public schools in the United States is relatively weak and forces many American parents to send their kids to private schools. Is this a problem? Not really. In case you didn't know they teach religion at schools here in Finland (as is done in many secular European countries) and our people are not that religious. Religion is a separate subject at schools and does not compete with evolution during science classes. When teaching religion they don't teach that someone created the universe but that according to a religion someone created the universe.
Besides - religious behavior correlates with a person's IQ. In a nutshell - the more religion the more stupidity. If you're born smart enough you won't become religious. So the Christian "Right" (capitalism has got nothing to do with religion - in fact capitalism was a result of liberal non-religious ideas) in America - a strong supporter of social darwinism is actually a victim of their own (but unrecognized) sociobiological beliefs.
You might ask yourself - do adults actually belive this stuff? Yes - they do believe this nonsense. That makes you wonder - should we reshape the description of the word "adult" to mean a person who's grown-up and doesn't believe in Jesus? I say we should.
"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the endless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries" -James Madison (4th President of the United States)
"To put it bluntly but fairly, anyone today who doubts that the variety of life on this planet was produced by a process of evolution is simply ignorant - inexcusably ignorant." -Daniel Dennett
Two excellent pro-science blogs: