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A case for Intelligent Design


Fri, Aug 26th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

There are some common misperceptions about the Intelligent Design (ID) theory. It is not an attempt to prove the validity of scripture. Moreover, it doesn’t even have a particularly religious basis.Historically, the question about earth and its origins boiled down to an act of faith. We won’t know and can’t know simply because we as individual human beings have limited intelligence, experience, and life spans. Since we are finite, we will never know the infinite who is God except as to how he reveals himself to us.The act of faith is also true for atheists who worship the holy trinity of Me, Myself, and I in the cosmic church of the congregation, What’s Happenin’ Now. St. Darwin is, of course, its patron saint. Atheists too, must commit to an act of faith every bit as deep, and in many cases more deeply, then the most committed Christian. Welcome to the world of faith, faithful brethren.ID theory has profound implications. Worshippers of St. Darwin don’t like that. As Dan Peterson notes in the most recent edition of the American Spectator, “Darwinism has essentially become a faith in naturalism that is immune to refutation by any sets of facts”. This faith, known as fact to the faithful, isn’t supposed to be questioned. Moreover, we are all supposed to believe that this all began with one horrendous explosion from a singularity of almost infinite density. Even assuming the big bang as fact, questions remain. What was before, how did it get there, and what’s or who’s behind it? Afterall, in terms of infinity, the 14 billion year life span of the universe is but a speck of a speck. At a minimum, as an exercise in intellectual inquiry, these questions or those like them ought to be discussed in our schools. Not according to St. Darwin’s proselytes though.For those who aren’t familiar with intelligent design proponents, perhaps we ought to highlight who the leading theoreticians are. They include William Demski, Ph.D. mathematics, Ph.D. philosophy, and Master of Divinity; Micheal Behe, biochemistry professor; Stephen Meyer, Ph.D. history and philosophy of science; Jonathan Wells, Ph.D. molecular and cell biology and Ph.D. religious studies (and scored double 800s on his SATs); and Phillip Johnson, first in his law school class and currently law professor at UC Berkeley. Intellectual light weights? I don’t think so but I suppose if you were a retired high school teacher from a small rural Minnesota com .....
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The gospel according to Pat

Fri, Aug 26th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

You’ve probably heard of the row caused by tele-evangelist Pat Robertson’s recent remarks on the 700 Club that the US should whack - to use the vernacular of Tony Soprano - as in, knock off, pop, erase, kill - Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez.[Read the Rest]

Faith-based science doesn’t belong in our schools

Fri, Aug 12th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

President Bush is now advocating the teaching of “intelligent design” in our schools. Intelligent design (ID) holds that certain features of our universe are best explained by an “intelligent” cause rather than by natural selection.

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John Bolton and the Peter Principle

Fri, Aug 5th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

While Congress was dashing for the exits so that they could get back to their districts to tell voters what a wonderful job they were doing in Wash-ing-ton-dee-cee, old quick draw George was presenting John Bolton as the next ambassador to the UN.[Read the Rest]

When government shuts down

Fri, Jul 8th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

There’s enough blame to go around in St. Paul. The inability for the governor and the legislature to get the job done and keep Minnesota running is a shameful lesson in how party politics has seized state government.

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Tom Cruise and Bozo the Clown

Fri, Jul 1st, 2005
Posted in Commentary

I am a strong supporter of people worshiping whatever and whomever they want.

You want to pray to your ancestors, the Kitchen God or Bozo the Clown, more power to you, I say. You want to put needles in dolls like practitioners o ..... 
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A vacuum of trust

Fri, Jun 17th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The Vietnam era, from the war’s questionable beginnings in the late 1950’s and early 60’s to the climatic fall of Nixon with Watergate in 1974, helped to create skepticism about government for many of my generation.

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Deep Throat: Traitor or hero?

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2005
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So, now we know who “Deep Throat” was.

W. Mark Felt, the number two person at the FBI during the Nixon Administration revealed last week that he was the source of information leaks to Carl Burnstein and Bob Woodward of the Wash ..... 
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Separation of church and state

Fri, May 6th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist recently appeared on a national television program which accused his Democratic colleagues of acting “against people of faith.” During the same broadcast, self-proclaimed evangelist, James Dobson, called the United ..... 
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