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Intelligent Design *IS* creationism, Lee.
First, the dispassionate definition:
From wikipedia: "Creationism is the religious belief that humanity, life, the Earth, and the universe are the creation of a supernatural being."
Now, let's ignore the ID arguments about the fine tuning of the universe and focus on biology. ID says there are biological features that could not have evolved through natural, unguided means. Therefore an intelligence designed them. If that intelligence is not a supernatural being, then either that intelligence evolved naturally or it was designed by a supernatural being. At some point you get to the supernatural being, and you get to creationism.
Now for the definition of Intelligent Design IN PRACTICE.
In practice however, ID is an advertising campaign and a tool for fundamentalist Christians who see it as a wedge with which to drive Genesis back into science classes and public policy.
Actions speak louder than words, and the actions of the ID "researchers" are not the actions of scientists seeking actual truth. They do not attempt to convince their scientific peers with weight of evidence. They treat criticism as an attack, as a shunning, rather than as part of the gauntlet that any new scientific idea must run. The ID proponents appeal directly to the public with scientific-sounding books like "Signature in the Cell", using math and terminology that the vast majority of the general public is not equipped to critique.
And they use lawyers and press releases. The Discovery Institute in Seattle is promoting intelligent design with a media machine that is churning out several press releases every week. Using funding from Young Earth Creationists, the lawyers and politicos who head the Discovery Institute keep the ID "manufactroversy" in business.
If there are any actual honest ID "scientists", people actually trying to study something scientifically and trying to devise actual falsifiable tests, they are lost in sea of bamboozle and mis-direction that is the heart and soul of the "Intelligent Design" lobby.
The pseudo-scientific advertising machine of the Discovery Institute most closely resembles the ad campaigns by Big Tobacco in the late 60s. But where Big Tobacco were (by their own admission) marketing doubt in the science that showed smoking causes cancer, the Discovery Institute (by its own admission) markets doubt in the materialist science of evolution.
These are not the ACTIONS of people of science. They are the actions of people of politics and religious ideology.
So, ID both creationism and a political lobbying strategy of the far right.
Lee, whatever you and your Discovery Institute may say or believe, neither qualifies it as fit for our children's science classes.
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