But more to the point, the real question is: does ID have a legitimate place in a high school science curriculum? Does it have a place in Kennett High right here in Conway, New Hampshire?
In deciding whether to consider including ID in the curriculum, the sectarian orientation and nature of the movement should be taken into account. The Discovery Institute's Center for Renewal of Science and Culture in Seattle serves as an home for virtually all of the major advocates of ID. The goals of the CRSC, as stated by the Institute's director Bruce Chapman, are explicitly religious: namely, to promote Christian theism and to defeat philosophical materialism. Thus, for constitutional reasons, if for no other, the religious orientation of ID clearly makes it unsuitable. Moreover, school board members here and elsewhere should be aware that introducing this topic into the curriculum likely would lead to strong--even legal--opposition from, parents, teachers, clergy, and scientists and others who want to see the sanctity of science preserved.
Now then, the reason for all this seems pretty obvious. Put simply, the aim of ID advocates is to get around the constitutional ban on religion in public schools with their real agenda being the promotion of faith-based teachings in the classroom.