Hello, Joe Moe here your friendly theist! I just watched a special on Intelligent Design Vs. Evolutionary Sciences....Holy Crap!
Joe Moe theist here, and I keep being really suprised at how much I (a theist) have in common with you and yours.
I just finished watching,"Flock of Dodos: Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus", a documentary by Randy Olson. This guy traveled around the U.S. looking for the so called experts on Intelligent Design and questioned them (very carefully so as not to turn them off immediately) about why they believe what they believe. Their answers were very much like the ridiculous answers gotten from Kirk Cameron during the debates with Mr. Sapient. These people refuse to allow Evolution sciences to be taught in their schools, and are very much pro Intelligent Design. The evolutionitst are geting tired of showing up to debates wiht these people and I don't blame them. You have to see what they are put up against. Evolutionists bring science and proof to the table, and they are confronted with pastors and preachers who refuse to believe anything that isn't in the bible. I can see as scientists who are usually open to any idea as long as it is presented in a way that can somehow be proven through some scientific method, would get angry and frustrated by people and ideas that are unwaivering, but can't prove anything!!!!
Most of the time in this particular documentary was spent in Kansas, and the focus was on the Board of Education there which was made up of 10 elected members. This board, who decides what is and isn't taught in the public schools in that state, has a makeup that should absolutely not be allowed to exist in a society where we have a separation of church and state. On the board are at all times at least 6 strict conservatives, 2 of whom are religious. Right there I see a huge problem, 2 religious authorities making decisions about what is taught in a public school. It goes back to my last post about how scary it is that religion plays such a role in government. Larry from your network had some things to say about that topic and I for one didn't realize how not subtle it is in some places. This place in Kansas there is no hiding it!! They have pastors making decisions about public concerns!!!!!
I will get back to this, I have suddenly ran out of time. If anyone can find it, I suggest that you watch that documentary I mentioned earlier. I think it is something that you would be very interested in!