JJ over at Truth be Told says it all regarding this supposed debate. Give that post a read.
I say “supposed debate” because its really a national embarrassment more than an issue. As I say in my comments to his post:
Would someone please explain to me why we should look to the writings of nomadic, Bronze-Age tribesmen to explain the origin of the species? Maybe we should bring back medicinal ‘bleeding’ to treat disease and bring the humors back in balance (since we still don't understand how some diseases are aquired, etc.)...
The most religious in our society are not content in believing these things themselves. They have to justify their belief by forcing this crap on us: from the display of the ten commandments in the courts to teaching ID in biology.
Haven’t people noticed that the most advanced and developed societies on the globe are the ones who have adopted scientific inquiry and the rule of law as their foundation? Some on the religious right see mysticism and theocracy as the foundation of society… All we have to do is look around the globe to see how well that works out.
I think we need to give these folks what they want – maybe a small section of