A site called Opposingviews.com has asked the question: Does intelligent design have merit?
Defending the proposition that it does, the Disco. Inst. responds officially and through two sockpuppets: Michael Behe, and Jay Richards (both Disco. fellows). Taking the position that it doesn’t, we’ve got the National Center for Science Education, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and (of all places) the Ayn Rand Center or Individual Rights.
When we were approached about posting to the site, the administrators suggested having 3-4 responses of 300-400 words each. Of course, the Disco. Inst. responded with 6 posts, each several thousand words long. To think that I felt bad when NCSE’s responses clocked in closer to 500 words than to 300.
In any event, there’s a poll and a bunch of creationist claptrap in the comments. Not surprisingly, the Disco. Inst. has been unable to formulate any response to NCSE’s points yet. To my eye, our statements anticipated most of the claims made by Disco., leaving little point in even posting official rebuttals.
If you’d like to see how this plays out, click through and see what’s what.