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UMC on Intelligent Design

May 20, 2008

I have to say that I am surprised and delighted to read that the United Methodist Church has proposed and adopted this petition on ID. Here is the text:

Submitted Text

Evolution and Intelligent Design (80839-C1-R9999)

Add a new resolution as follows:

WHEREAS, the United Methodist Church has for many years supported the separation of church and State (paragraph 164, Book of Discipline, 2004, p. 119),

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the General Conference of the United Methodist Church go on record as opposing the introduction of any faith-based theories such as Creationism or Intelligent Design into the science curriculum of our public schools.

Rationale

Creationism and Intelligent Design are appropriate topics in public education classes such as comparative religion, literature, or philosophy since scientific method incorporates critical thinking processes. All truth is God’s truth. The promotion of religion or any particular religion in the public schools is contrary to the First Amendment.

The petition passed with a vote of 38 for, 6 against, and 1 not voting. Please allow me to applaud the UMC and extend a hearty thanks for being the first major religious organization (that I’ve heard of) to officially stand for the integrity of science in the classroom and the critical American value of separation of church and state!

(h/t to The Panda’s Thumb for the link)

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