October 18, 2005 | David F. Coppedge

Dover I.D. Trial Calls Star Witness

Michael “Irreducible Complexity” Behe, the Lehigh biochemist famous for flagella, mousetraps and black boxes, took the stand in the Dover, Pennsylvania trial Monday Oct. 17.  This was widely reported, such as in New Scientist, MSNBC News and the Washington Post.  For an ID-friendly report with more detail of the actual proceedings, see EvolutionNews.
    Behe snowed some of the listeners with technical jargon, but otherwise maintained his position that evidence for intelligent design in biology is overwhelming, based on positive evidence, not admissions of ignorance.  He also took swipes at the ability of Darwinian mechanisms to explain molecular machines.
    Other school boards are watching this trial with both interest and trepidation.  The Washington Post said,

More school boards are considering mandating mention of intelligent design.  Randy Tomasacci, a school board member from Shickshinny, north of Harrisburg, said his board is debating whether to require teachers to spend a few days on intelligent design.  We’re thinking about it,” he said.  “But we don’t want to get sued out of existence.”

For Behe’s part, he is safe.  Though Lehigh University, where he teaches, has repudiated intelligent design, Behe has tenure and (unlike some other ID supporters) cannot be terminated for his views.  Reporters and critics, meanwhile, seemed fixated on Behe’s Catholicism and on whether he believed the Designer is God.

Can’t the reporters get fixated on the evidence instead?  Maybe they would learn something about science instead of the secret motivations of their caricatured foes.  At least anti-ID reporter Alan Boyle is working his way through Lee Strobel’s book The Case for a Creator among his stack of pro-evolution books and websites (see MSNBC), perhaps after being sufficiently hammered by emails from readers about his bias.  MSNBC also printed a story about a parent worried that his daughter might not be accepted by other students if she doesn’t agree with ID.  No worries.  Christians don’t believe in doing unto others as they did unto us.

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