Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Intelligent Designer-in-Chief

I don't have a lot to say this evening, but I can't let this go by without comment.
President Bush said Monday he believes schools should discuss “intelligent design” alongside evolution when teaching students about the creation of life…

“I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought,” Bush said. “You’re asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes.”
As usual, Bush is parsing words. He avoids revealing his own opinion with regard to intelligent design, while cloaking his support for its inclusion by claiming that he merely endorses exposing children to "different ideas."

Oh really?

Let's all remember that this is the man who sold us the GWOT as a struggle between good and evil, tyranny and freedom, black and white. Could there be ideas -- different ideas -- that are driving violent Islamic extremism? Clearly, Bush would say no. In fact, he and his surrogates have consistently ridiculed anyone who has even intimated such a possibility.

So, Bush isn't so much an advocate of the "marketplace of ideas" as he is an intellectual mercenary, employing whatever argument that he feels will move his position forward. As things currently stand, he can't come right out and endorse creationism over -- or to the exclusion of -- evolution, since such a stand would be far too controversial, even amongst some of his most loyal supporters. Therefore, he says what he can to ensure that intelligent design has a seat at the table.

Were the shoe on the other foot, would he be so generous? If creationism dominated public school science classes, would there then be support for "different ideas" emanating from the White House? Need I answer.

Here it is: Bush is correct when he says that there is right and wrong in this world. He just hasn't figured out where this binary perspective should be applied. So far, this application is driven by expediency. But, the fact is that he doesn't get to choose where this calculus works. Some things are just wrong.

Today, Bush is on that list.
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