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Georgia Journal of Science

Abstract

Intelligent design (ID) creationists at the Discovery Institute's Cen­ter for Science and Culture claim to be advocating good science and education. Although they promote ID as a "full-scale scientific revolution," it is really the newest variant of American creationism. Proponents have no scientific data to support their contention that a supernatural designer explains biological phenomena better than natural processes. They have waged a thirteen-year PR and political campaign to translate their religious views, which include religious exclusionism and antisecularism, into public policy. Only six states remain exempt from their attempts to influence science standards, curricula, or textbooks. When approaching educational policymakers, they disguise their agenda with seemingly innocuous terminology co-opted from legitimate scientific and educational discourse. ID creationists work through local, state, and national religious orga­nizations and religious/political operatives, including members of Congress. If they succeed, they will damage both science education and the separation of church and state.

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