New Name, Same Game

Dear Editor,
Creationism: a religious belief system of the supernatural
accounts of the beginning of the universe and all living things as
literally interpreted from Judeo-Christian Bibles.
Dear Editor,

Creationism: a religious belief system of the supernatural accounts of the beginning of the universe and all living things as literally interpreted from Judeo-Christian Bibles.

For decades, religious fundamentalists attempted, and with some successes, to have their version of creation taught alongside biology’s theory of evolution via natural selection in the science classroom.

Without the successes they would like, a group of religious fundamentalists changed the name to ‘scientific creationism’ suggesting that the new name would give credence to the minimal and untested facts contained within different versions of the Bible.

Proponents of scientific creationism pushed the legal envelope throughout the country with a modicum of success convincing a few state legislatures to allow it to be taught along with evolution.

In 1987 the U.S. Supreme Court shot down this blatant intrusion of a specific religious belief system in science classes.

Renaming scientific creationism to ‘intelligent design’ and omitting key religious buzz words like ‘god’, ‘divine’, and ‘supernatural’, gave proponents new energy. The father of intelligent design, lawyer Phillip E. Johnson, stated “This isn’t really, and never has been, a debate about science. It’s about religion and philosophy.”

Within ten years another incarnation will be thrust upon the public schools and court systems. I am predicting, today, the future name of intelligent design: Intelligently Created Irreducible Complexity (ICIC or I See, I See).

Dale Morejón, Gilroy

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