2011 Texas Intelligent Design Bill – HB 2454

Than you SC.  Once again, you are on top of the government trying to get religion into our classrooms.  This time it’s in my home state of Texas.  Representative Bill Zedler is going to get himself and the state into a lot of trouble with kind of crap.

HB 2452 Relating to prohibiting discrimination by public institutions of higher education against faculty members and students based on their conduct of research relating to intelligent design.

I have forwarded this letter to him.  I predict that there will be no response.  There can be no response that shows this concept is within the law of the US.  I will post any response that is forthcoming here as soon as I get it.

Letter after the break.

Representative Zedler,

I would encourage you to withdraw your bill from consideration.  Texas has many other issues and we certainly don’t need to get involved in a constitutional battle with the federal government (one that has already been fought and lost by intelligent design (here’s a link to the decision made by the 9th court http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/dover/kitzmiller_v_dover_decision.html)).

Next, I am curious.  You are aware that the Establishment Clause of the first amendment of the United States of America prohibits government promotion of a religion.  Intelligent Design is a religion.  Specifically, it is Judeo-Christian.  I would encourage you to read this posts which contain quotes from the leaders of the intelligent design movement that specifically state that ID is religion: https://ogremk5.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/what-is-intelligent-design/

You might also be interested in this post (https://ogremk5.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/intelligent-designs-design-flaw/) which actually explains why intelligent design cannot do the one thing it must do… that is detect design.

Follow that with this post (https://ogremk5.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/complexity-without-intelligence/ ) that shows that many of the features that ID says requires a designer, do not actually require a designer.  You might want to review the comments in which one ID proponent says that ‘termites are intelligent agents‘.

Finally, I would ask you to provide the evidence that ID has any value or merit at all.  You would think that some one in the US would use the principles of ID in their business or research, if it had any merit.  Please point me to these individuals.  Why not do a monster.com search for ‘intelligent design’ jobs or ‘creationism’ jobs?  That should give you a bit of a clue that there is no merit to the concept.

ID has been bumbling along for 15 years.  Actually Behe, Dembski, et. al. stole the idea from Paley who wrote the exact same thing over 200 years ago… that is, things are too complex to not have a designer.  To this date, no designer has been found or observed.  No unambiguous evidence has ever been found that a designer acted on any organism or structure.

ID is religion, both by decision of a federal court and by the statements of the leaders of the movement.  If you continue with this, you will show that you hold personal bias above the constitution of the United States of America.

I will post a copy of this letter to my blog (links above) and update it regularly with your response… or lack thereof.

Thank you
Kevin McCarthy

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2 Responses to 2011 Texas Intelligent Design Bill – HB 2454

  1. The Gorilla Atheist says:

    Asinine. Again, if this is the case then we must also teach Astrology as a science, since the proponents of ID assert it is one also.

    There is no Controversy: http://gorillaatheist.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/no-controversy/

    Speak Up, Fight Back!

  2. kate d says:

    astrology is satanism bwahaha. Lol I went to a texas public school for 6 years and I was taught to take my hat off when i enter a building, (which the teacher told me had something to do with god), absoulutly NOTHING about evoloution (or very much at all about science), and punished repeatedly for, “OMG”, taking the Lords name in vain. I was told that halloween costumes were prohibited because they worshiped satan, and was harrassed (by students not teachers) for not having the flavor of the month WWJD bracelets that everyone, even the teacher, was wearing. the one that stands out the most was when we were learning about homophones (in the fifth friggin grade) the teacher said “which arent like that other “homo” which is a sin”
    BTW this was in the mid 90’s in DFW not 60’s in west texas somewhere. (no offence to anyone from there)

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