Friday, August 05, 2005

Here we go again -- Part 2

Subsequent to my post this morning on G. W. Bush and intelligent design, I read an editorial in today's Irish Times precisely confirming my observations of the reaction of the European press.

This is not a matter of academic freedom, says the Irish Times, in which two competing "theories" should be given equal time: "The disingenuous case that essentially religiously-grounded theory should be granted the same status as well-established science -- and natural selection, whether or not precisely as Darwin formulated it, is well-established science -- undermines both science and potentially the constitutional separation of church and state."

By contrast with the unfortunate words of our president, the Irish Times quotes Woodrow Wilson: "May it not suffice for me to say...that, of course, like every other man of intelligence and education, I do believe in organic evolution. It surprises me that at this late date such questions should be raised."