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Established Science vs. Philosophical Speculation

January 19, 2005 1 min read

To the Editor:

Christopher Gieschen’s rather confused letter (“Approach to Evolution Depends on ‘Worldview’,” Jan. 5, 2005) suggests something like parity between evolution, which is well-established science, and “intelligent design” creationism, which is almost entirely religious or philosophical speculation/opinion, lacking any scientific support.

Students and adults are free to accept scientific conclusions or to prefer any of a wide variety of nonscientific religious explanations of natural phenomena or, as a very great many do, to accept science and accommodate their religious views to the conclusions of science. But what public schools may not do, as the U.S. Supreme Court made clear in 1987, is mix religious explanations into science classes.

Edd Doerr

President

Americans for Religious Liberty

Washington, D.C.

A version of this article appeared in the January 19, 2005 edition of Education Week