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October 18, 2005

Biochemist testifies in ID case

From the Associated Press...

A biochemistry professor who is a leading advocate of "intelligent design" testified Monday that evolution alone can't explain complex biological processes and he believes God is behind them. 

Lehigh University Professor Michael Behe was the first witness called by a school board that is requiring students to hear a statement about the intelligent design concept in biology class. Lawyers for the Dover Area School Board began presenting their case Monday in the landmark federal trial, which could decide whether it can be mentioned in public school science classes as an alternative to the theory of evolution. 

Behe, whose work includes a 1996 best-seller called "Darwin's Black Box," said students should be taught evolution because it's widely used in science and that "any well-educated student should understand it." 

Behe, however, argues that evolution cannot fully explain the biological complexities of life, suggesting the work of an intelligent force....

Behe, who was expected to remain on the stand throughout the day Monday, compared the outcry over intelligent design to the early criticism of the big-bang theory some 70 years ago. "Many people thought it had philosophical and even theological implications that they did not like," he said. 

Lehigh's biology department sought to distance itself from Behe in August, posting a statement on its Web site that says the faculty "are unequivocal in their support of evolutionary theory." He earned tenure at Lehigh before becoming a proponent, which lets him express his views without the threat of losing his job.

Note how cavalierly the AP tosses out that were it not for tenure, Behe would be fired. Odd that the press seem so apathetic to acts of censorship these days. I guess they're too busy reporting on the stuff Karl Rove has in his garage to care about little things like censorship and academic freedom.

Posted by Danny Carlton at October 18, 2005 04:43 AM

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