CNN Larry King Live
Intelligent Design in American Classrooms?
Aired August 23, 2005 – 21:00 ET
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Jay Richards declared:
“…what the Senate did and Senator Brownback described is they encouraged what we call teach the controversy at Discovery Institute, and that just means teach the controversy over Darwin’s theory of evolution specifically, the evidence for and against it, but don’t require teaching intelligent design. We think that should be allowed, and we understand that’s what the president said. Yes, these topics ought to be allowed, but remember, the president also said it wasn’t the job of the federal government to dictate curricula to local school districts, and we agree with him on that as well… It’s a debate about the evidence of science and its proper interpretation and that’s a legitimately public debate… We do agree with both the president and the Senate and the Congress as a whole, that where controversial theories are taught like biological evolution, that is Darwin’s theory of evolution, that the full range of evidence ought to be discussed; the strongest evidence for it and against it… teachers should be free to talk about it. That is, free without being harassed by the ACLU, but it shouldn’t be required. It shouldn’t be imposed from the top down. I fully agree with the senator on that point… so far as I can tell, no one has explicitly disagreed with that uncontroversial point, that the strongest evidence for and against it ought to be taught in the public school science classroom.”
Factor Follow Up Segment
August 24, 2005.
Life after “Intelligent Design”
Guest: Dr. Richard Sternberg, editor, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington
We’ll talk with a man who has come under fire for saying that “Intelligent Design” should be taken seriously as scientific theory.
To see Richard von Sternberg’s case, go to:
“Sternberg’s appearance on O’Reilly was only a few minutes. His answers were clear and dispassionate.
O’Reilly had to add a lot of drama. Sternberg said that the initial reaction was “tepid” until the NCSE got involved and started work in conjuction with the Smithsonian Institution in a concerted campaign for his ouster.
Sternberg was very mild mannered, but it was O’Reilly who got everything going. O’Reilly labeled the campaign against Intelligent Design by the SI and NCSE as “fascist“. Holy smokes, he called them fascists!”
See this O’Reilly’s transcript, watch the video of Sternberg’s interview: