An Idea Whose Time Has Come
An article authored by Jonathan Bartlett which appeared in 'Tulsa Today' took the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Alan Leshner, to task for his arguments against proposed Oklahoma legislation which related to teaching science. Leshner's views appeared in 'The Oklahoman.'
Bartlett showed that Leshner referred to a legislative intention to encourage critical thinking and expose students to the debate over evolution. He quoted Leshner as stating:
"But this is the sort of code language that supporters of intelligent design doctrine have tried to inject into science education standards in other communities and states nationwide -- not to promote science, but to promote a narrow religious agenda."
It is not just a religious agenda but incredibly, according to Leshner, "a narrow religious agenda." How narrow can it be when no particular religion or religious doctrine is endorsed and intelligent causality points to a likely divine source only as a secondary inference? And who is Leshner to judge what will promote religion? While there are advocates of intelligent design, there are also opponents of the concept and the arguments and data fought over reference actual scientific research. What Leshner and others like him want is to control how science is defined; an endeavor that philosophers of science have differed over for quite some time. Ironically, in my view, it is intelligent design opponents like Leshner who fuel the growth of the movement which has developed roots throughout the world. What began as an American phenomenon now has spread to other parts of the globe including the non-Christian world. Who was it who said there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come?