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I agree with LLBarry. There is no place for teaching Intelligent Design in any public school class room. The only exception I will make is the teaching aspects of it within an optional course in World Religions and Cultures
to high schoolers. Such a class should, of course, include different denominations of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and others as well as Native American religions to educate, but not indoctrinate. I believe too many Americans are ignorant and intolerant of religions and cultures other than their own to be able to communicate and interact effectively, not only with people of different faiths in other countries, but within our very own society.
My mother was a very religious Evangelical Lutheran and my father was an athiest. Although my Mom did her best to educate her children in her faith, she ultimately let each of us choose. I never remember either my mother or my father ever ridiculing each other's beliefs or condemning anyone else's religious beliefs. In fact that was the best lesson that I learned from both of them...religious tolerance. That tolerance certainly helped me later in life as I worked and traveled in various international locations including living three years in Libya.
But there is a distinct difference between religious tolerance and religious zealotry. I absolutely oppose any form of religious zealotry that seeks to impose one's religious doctrine on governmental policies including public school teachings. And I don't need people coming to my door to try recruit me into their religious faith. Recently a couple of Jehovah Witnesses stopped me while I was working in my yard. I took it upon myself to politely quiz them on why it was so important for them to recruit me as a member of their church, and why they have such a strong certitude that their "Jehovah God" was the only god. Well they never could answer my questions adequately, and we ended up in a circular argument. They left in a huff exclaiming loudly, "You're hopeless!!"
Perhaps I am a hopeless athiest, but I have considerably more tolerance for their faith than they do for my lack of faith. And when I see the Christian right trying to exert their beliefs onto our secular government, I am appalled at the intolerance they show to not only athiests but those of other religions, Islam in particular. Teaching of Intelligent Design is just a back door means of teaching their brand of creationism. They can do that in their church, their private school, their home school, but never in a public class room. I will respect their beliefs as I know that gives them strength to face life's problems, but my non-beliefs should also be respected.