Thompson is holding forth on his defense strategy. He says his scientific experts will show that I.D. is a valid scientific theory based on empirical observation by credentialed and respected scientists. He is arguing that no theory should be judged by its historical roots, even if they are religious, or even if they are creationist. Modern chemistry emerged from alchemy, after all, and that doesn’t make it bogus. Astronomy emerged from astrology, and we don’t hold that against it. Nor should a theory be judged by the personal ideologies of those who hold it; plenty of Darwinists are atheists, but that doesn’t disqualify evolutionary biology as an ideology, he says.
Okay, sounds reasonable so far.
Thompson gained fame as the Michigan state prosecutor who repeatedly charged assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian with first-degree murder, and didn’t stop pursuing him until Thompson was elected out of office, in large part for hounding Kevorkian. Thompson is also known for pushing through mandatory life sentences in Michigan for drug crimes and for prosecuting more drug offenders than anyone else. And, of course, Thompson shares with Bryan the conviction that Darwinism is perhaps the world’s most dangerous idea.
Okay… getting a little weirder…
“Look, scientists don’t sit there and ask, ‘Am I doing science or not?’ No scientist is going to say, ‘This is empirical truth about the wrong subject so I’m not going to study it.’ No, they look at whatever the empirical data is, and draw conclusions from it.”
“So you want to change the definition of science to include the supernatural?”
“Yes,” he says, “we need a total paradigm shift in science.”
Wooo, off the rocker scale!
Now, more to the point. I agree that if there are valid scientific questions that could point towards an intelligent design, they should be expanded and researched. But these psychos want people teaching that ID == god. Personally, if there was enough evidence to support the idea of intelligent design, I’d be far more willing to believe that we were genetically tinkered with (or created from scratch, who knows) by an advanced alien civilization. After all, it’s still more probable than ‘god’.
And if they did teach ID in schools, it should be highlighted that ID doesn’t have to mean ‘god’ as all the bible thumpers would like you to believe. If they want it taught, then fine, but they shouldn’t get a vector for injecting the bible in to classrooms.