|Peter Hitchens: keep thinking|
As intelligent design continues to be misrepresented by much of the British media, Sunday Mail columnist Peter Hitchens has again called for "a bit more fairness and open-mindedness" in the debate.
Whilst not claiming to know which side is right, Hitchens points out that intelligent design is being misrepresented by those defending Darwinian orthodoxy.
He questions the argument (common in both media reports and school textbooks) that that the 'overwhelming majority' of scientists accept the Darwinist position:
"Since Darwinism is orthodoxy, on which many careers have been built and continue to prosper, is it likely that an attack which threatens that orthodoxy is going to be sympathetically treated by other scientists?" he asks.
After a brief survey of the evidence for Darwinism, he concludes: "All I ask is that people keep thinking about this, don't get frightened of doing so, and don't try to frighten others into orthodoxy, or to misrepresent opponents' positions."
It is wrong that any debate, especially on so momentous a subject as the origin of species, and the human race above all, should be arbitrarily declared to be closed.
Paul Johnson (The Spectator, 27 August 2005)