IT'S NOT SURPRISING that, when given the opportunity, President Bush would send sympathetic signals to his Christian conservative followers to show his support for their causes. That may have been what he was doing this week when he endorsed the teaching of "intelligent design" along with the theory of evolution in a wide-ranging interview with a small group of reporters from Texas. Mr. Bush said that both theories should be taught "so people can understand what the debate is about."
Well, thanks, Mr. Bush, but there really should be no debate. Intelligent design -- a belief that aspects of the natural world are so complex that they must have been the result of some higher, intentional design or intelligence -- belongs more to the world of religion than science. It's creationism by another name, and if it makes its way into schools at all, it should definitely not be part of science classes.