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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is cozying up to the religious right this week by coming out in favor of teaching "intelligent design" in public schools. The move is another sign of McCain trying to solidify his front-runner status for the Republican nomination for president in 2008.

This whole pitch by right-wing interests to teach intelligent design AKA creationism in science classes is just ridiculous. For one, it's not science as University of Washington biology professor Richard Olmsted recently explained in an editorial.

Eighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial, people are still trying to debunk evolution without any facts or evidence to back up their criticism. Instead, the push for "intelligent design" is simply a marketing gimic to undercut important science that students need to learn.

Teaching creationism in public schools has a place in a religious studies class where students can learn about it alongside numerous other faiths of note. It just doesn't belong in the science lab.

McCain interview via Political Wire.


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