Monday, October 03, 2005

Is the bird flu virus intelligently designed?

Anyone who keeps up with the scientific literature (or gets news from a source like the BBC) knows that a health threat is brewing in Asia that is potentially far more dangerous than the Indonesian tsunami or Hurricane Katrina. Conditions are ripe for a global pandemic of influenza, originating with the bird flu virus H5N1. Deaths could be in the tens of millions.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and Asian scientists and health agencies are on the front line, monitoring the spread of the virus and its potential for human infection and transmission.

Meanwhile, in America, according to polls, more than half of our citizens believe creationism should be taught in our science classrooms as an alternative to evolution (82 percent of Republicans, 52 percent of Democrats).

But I wonder how Americans would respond if the question were posed this way: Who would you rather have attending to bird flu in Asia, the scientists of the CDC, WHO and other agencies who are universally trained in and exclusively embrace evolutionary biology, or creation scientists and intelligent design advocates?