Letters: Sep. 5, 2005

Attack on Darwin

Our report on the growing controversy over teaching "intelligent design"--a faith-based alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution--in public-school classrooms drew hundreds of impassioned letters from scientists, clergy, educators and students on both sides of the debate, all arguing for freedom of thought

The implications of the "Evolution Wars" over teaching intelligent design along with Darwinian theory are primarily philosophical, not scientific [Aug. 15]. To suggest that stimulating debate about evolution would hamper U.S. leadership in science and technology is ridiculous. Teaching the controversy can challenge students like me to think analytically about what we are learning.

GABE JOHNSON

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