Bachmann 11/30/2011 on Intelligent Design!
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Bachmann Suggests Intelligent Design Is a 'Scientific Fact'
November 30, 2011
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says schools should teach children about evolution and intelligent design because
> "the best thing to do is to allow allDuring a question-and-answer session at the University of Northern Iowa Wednesday, Bachmann was asked if intelligent design should be taught as science in public schools.
> scientific facts on the table."
> "I think that all science shouldthe candidate explained.
> be on the table,"
> "I think the one thing we do notshe continued.
> want to have is censorship by government."
> "I do believe that God created the Earth,"
> "And I believe there are issues that needAccording to many scientists, all three issues Bachmann mentioned do not discount the theory of evolution.
> to be addressed --
>> the Second Law of Thermodynamics,
>> the issue of irreducible complexity,
>> the dearth of fossil record."
Scientific American's Steve Mirsky wrote in 2005 that arguing irreducible complexity as evidence against evolution was a
> "full-blown intellectual surrender strategy."While Charles Darwin cited a lack of fossil records as
> "the most obvious and serious objectionUniversity of Chicago professor Jerry Coyne believes the objection is no longer valid.
> that can be urged against the theory,"
> "Since 1859, paleontologists have turnedCoyne explained in a 2005 article.
> up Darwin's missing evidence: fossils in
> profusion, with many sequences showing
> evolutionary change,"
And University of Minnesota, Morris associate professor PZ Myers says the claim that the Second Law of Thermodynamics makes evolution false is
> "one of the oldest canards in the creationists' book."A student from Bancroft, Iowa, who identified himself as a Catholic, explained to Bachmann that there was big difference between a "theory" like intelligence design and a "scientific theory" like evolution.
> "The idea of creationism by an intelligenthe said.
> designer is not scientific,"
> "It is pseudo-science. There is no hardBachmann replied.
> evidence that says that God created Earth.
> There is nothing like that. Whereas, we
> have physicists, chemists, biologists,
> many other people in the science field
> that say this is how the Earth was created,
> this is how the universe was created. ...
> How can you say that creationism can be
> taught in a public school where this would
> actually increase the combining of church
> and state?"
> "I think what you are advocating for is
> censorship on the part of government,"
> "I want all facts on the table. ...---------------------------------
> Why would we forestall any particular theory?
> Because I don't think that evolutionists, by
> and large, say that evolution is a proven fact.
> They say that this is a theory as well as
> intelligent design."
> "So I think intellectually, the best thing
> to do is to allow all scientific facts on
> the table and let students decide."