Cornell’s president calls teaching Intelligent Design “dangerous”

This should come as no surprise: Cornell’s head Rawlings said that teaching intelligent design as science is dangerous. Major universities have to see ID as a curse, setting students back by a couple of years in science classes. Don’t be surprised to see Remedial Science become one of the hottest classes in universities, as students struggle to catch back up with what they weren’t taught in high school.

Declaring the question a cultural issue and not a scientific one, Rawlings noted religious groups have disputed the theory of evolution since Charles Darwin published “The Origin of Species” in 1859. He urged Cornell’s staff to object to any blurring of the line between religion and science.

Now, in the interest of fairness, I’ll actually quote someone trying to defend intelligent design’s position:

John West, a fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle — a leader in the intelligent design movement — told the Times he’s concerned Rawlings is “fanning the flames of intolerance.”

Ummm… so in other words, West cannot come up with anything to rebut Rawling’s statements, so instead he suggests that Rawlings is being “intolerant.”

I shouldn’t have expected more, actually.

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