Sunday, November 20, 2005

Intelligent design not science, says Vatican astronomer

After writing on the issue myself a few days ago, it's nice to see I'm getting some backup from a source that should pretty much render this discussion settled and done. As reported on OSM, the Vatican astronomer says I.D. ain't science:

::::::::The Vatican's chief astronomer said Friday that "intelligent design" isn't science and doesn't belong in science classrooms, the latest high-ranking Roman Catholic official to enter the evolution debate in the United States.

Rev. George Coyne, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, said placing intelligent design theory alongside that of evolution in school programs was "wrong" and was akin to mixing apples and oranges.

"Intelligent design isn't science even though it pretends to be," the ANSA news agency quoted Coyne as saying on the sidelines of a conference in Florence. "If you want to teach it in schools, intelligent design should be taught when religion or cultural history is taught, not science."

Exactly what many of us have been saying. Take note, Pat Robertson, and while you're at it take a hike.