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Other states could follow suit; a few have learned to get around the Supreme Court ruling by platforming the teaching of evolution as optional or by urging teachers to describe it as just one of several theories. There is also a movement to insert ID into public schools by way of speakers, clubs, and/or textbook disclaimers. Curiously, such ID groups seem to focus more on how they can tactically and legally introduce the topic into science classes than they do on producing verifiable scientific research.

Battle lines are being drawn across the country over the teaching of ID........which, to be more specific, is a concept similar to but not identical to creation science. ID relies upon a lack of knowledge for its conclusion. In the absence of such an explanation, intelligent causes are assumed. ID also includes a curious and telling component, one that focuses on ideological and religious goals rather than scholarly ones. Proponents argue that a neutral-sounding "intelligence" is responsible for design. Their premise seems to be that as long as they don't explicitly name the "designer," this somehow insulates their viewpoint from the charge of being inherently religious in character. Their arguments are carefully crafted to appear scientific and non-religious, though they have no data supporting their claims. At one time, they promoted creationism as a religious imperative. Now they package their beliefs as “better science.”

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