In any discourse, certain words or phrases can jump out and grab you ... for the wrong reason. A recent Adam Frank blog post on NPR.org, concerning the topic of creation vs. evolution, has this effect.
In addressing the debate in America as it compares to the supposed lack of such a debate elsewhere in the world, Frank wrote: "I have seen directly the potentially chilling effect that the Evolution vs. Creation debate has for our collective future. In working with high school textbook publishers, I watched as instructional material was sculpted to carefully dance around issues of evolution. This move was needed to avoid offending politically and economically powerful forces associated with creationism. I was stunned. We are edging around deliberately NOT teaching students the basics of biological science because of (t)his 'debate.' This intellectual hamstringing is not happening in China or India or Europe."
Intellectual hamstringing? The implication is clear: Creationism is dumb, creationists are dumb, and allowing any aspect of the natural world to point you toward God is to put a freeze on brain activity.
Frank continues: "The nations we are competing with are not playing these games. The nations we are competing with to shape our own, and the planet's, future are not wasting their time in this intellectual vortex."
So Mr. Frank believes that bringing any talk of "intelligence" (nevermind any talk of God) into the discussion serves only to create confusion, an intellectual "vortex," if you will. Isn't that special?
For any evolutionist to insist that creationism and Intelligent Design are devoid of serious thought is to insult all those who see a legitimate alternative in what the evidence reveals. The complexity and intricacy in nature, even in a single cell; the universe's absolute hostility to life everywhere except Earth; the fact that life even exists -- how can it be unintellectual to consider these things indicators of an intelligent Creator?