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The theory of intelligent design states that the universe is so complex it could not have been created by chance and therefore there must be a 'creator.' Critics say it is a thinly veiled attempt to introduce the biblical theory of creation into public schools.
Frist is considered a possible candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
Earlier this month, Frist drew criticism from religious conservatives for advocating additional stem cell research in opposition to President Bush. Frist said he supported the embryonic stem cell research because it was a 'matter of science.'
"Things fall not because they are acted upon by some gravitational force, but because a higher intelligence, 'God' if you will, is pushing them down," said Gabriel Burdett, who holds degrees in education, applied Scripture, and physics from Oral Roberts University.
By all means, teach creation in humanities classes — not just Genesis, but Norse myths, African myths, Indian myths — so, to paraphrase the president, all sides are "properly taught." (Then watch the fireworks as the parents and the clerics storm in to demand more pages in the textbook or a teacher more sympathetic to their version.)
There are virtually no scientific studies that even mention intelligent design. It rests largely on the argument that DNA is too complex to have evolved through random selection. To shove it into the classroom as science is an attack on science itself.
John G. West, an executive with the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based think tank supporting intelligent design, issued a written statement welcoming Bush's remarks. "President Bush is to be commended for defending free speech on evolution, and supporting the right of students to hear about different scientific views about evolution,"