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"Intelligent Design" Debate Comes to Idaho

February 27, 2007

The debate over whether "intelligent design" belongs in public school science classes is coming to Idaho. Vic Walczak, a Pittsburgh attorney who won a case in Pennsylvania challenging the teaching of intelligent design as science, will debate Bryan Fischer, with the Idaho Values Alliance, which supports teaching intelligent design in Idaho public school science classes.

Intelligent design is the premise that, because living things are so complex, an intelligent force must be behind their creation.

Walczak argues the concept may have merit, but it is not science and does not follow scientific ground rules.

"Science is the search for natural explanations to explain natural phenomena. Intelligent design suggests that there may be a supernatural explanation."

Fischer insists intelligent design is science and deserves to be among the theories put before public school students to explain the origin of the universe.

"They're not being made aware of the significant scientific evidence for intelligent design, and that is a disservice to our science students in Idaho."

The debate is sponsored by the ACLU, which points to a Supreme Court ruling that states may not require the teaching of creationism. The debate takes place Wednesday, 7 p.m., in the Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho, Boise.

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - ID