The bacterial flagellum is back! No, make it stop!
Thursday afternoon at CR2 the defense called their final witness, Dr. Scott Minnich, professor of microbiology at the University of Idaho, fellow at the Discovery Institute, advocate of intelligent design, and big fan of bacterial flagellum.
Echoing much of what Dr. Michael Behe said two weeks ago- and I really mean echo, he quoted Behe at one point- Dr. Minnich insisted that ID is science and offered the following:
“We infer design when we see parts that appear to be arranged for a purpose.”
“The appearance of design in aspects of biology is overwhelming.”
“These are highly sophisticated systems, and when you see a machine in any other context, you assume there’s an engineer around.”
“We don’t have a Darwinian mechanism….to explain these machines.”
“It’s consistent with the empirical evidence.”
And my personal favorite, “We can’t figure this stuff out so it must have been done by God, err, the designer.” (OK, he didn’t actually say that.)
Dr. Minnich gave evolution it’s due and admitted that “it’s critical in biology to have a firm foundation in evolution.” He went on to testify that the Miller Levine Biology textbook is best used as a primary text with Of Pandas and People as a “supplement”.
Our team started their cross examination just before the court recessed for the day and will pick up with their questioning this morning. Closing arguments are expected in the afternoon.
Submitted by Andy Hoover, community education organizer, ACLU of PA