Intelligent Design Trail Unfolds in Harrisburg Courtroom

October 18, 2005

Source: Reuters

On October 18, 2005 Reuters reported, "A leading U.S. critic of evolution accused two scientific organizations on Tuesday of politics and misleading the public in their rejection of 'intelligent design.' He also compared intelligent design -- which holds that nature is so complex it must have been the work of a creator -- to the 'Big Bang' theory, saying it just may take time for scientists to accept it. 'The National Academy of Sciences treats intelligent design in a way what I consider utterly misleading. Talk about scholarly malfeasance!' said Michael Behe, a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Behe also criticized the American Association for the Advancement of Science in testimony in a federal lawsuit brought by 11 parents who are challenging their school district for introducing intelligent design to science classes... He refuted the Academy's statement that intelligent design theory attributed the complexity of nature to 'the hand of God'... 'Creationism is a theological concept but intelligent design is a scientific theory,' Behe said. 'One can be a creationist without any physical evidence. That's 180 degrees different from intelligent design.'"