This boggles my mind because the Evolutionists feel this way but yet say we, the Creationists are not the "thinking" ones. The Christians are more apt to let both stand side by side but the Evolutionist are not. Can't you see thru this?
Well the reason we feel this way is quite simply because Intelligent Design (and even more so Creationisim) are NOT science. They have NO scientific fact and as such should not be taught in Science.
Debating whether or not there is a god is fine by me and something i try to encourage (so long as it's in a civil enviroment). it. To take that further and say it is fact is wrong. Are you not able to grasp this? I understand you have allegiance to the Church, but even with this you have to understand that while your beliefs have no fact that you must not classify them as Science.
I'd be inerested in knowing more about how such a young child could turn away from God not being able to put all the pieces together at such a young age. Usually it's the other way around. Children usually easily believe in God and have been trained to think otherwise.
I grew up during a time of economic turmoil in the area of England i lived (the North East, which suffered heavily thanks to the decline in British Industry), many peoples parents were out of work (i can't stress how high unemployment levels were in the North East), most often drank heavily, riots were common place and life was far from as comfortable as it is now.
So it was quite easy to grow up as a child quite disillusioned, potentially, but i don't attribute this to my take on Creationisim, what this did do for me was sort of give me a realistic perspective from a very young age.
I remember being taught about Dinosaurs at school, then going to Sunday school and being told that God made the world, then man, but there were no Dinosaurs in the bible. I remember doing basic Geography and about how the Earth was formed, what stood out was probably pictures of Volcanos and lava spilling out everywhere. Any questions on the irregularities between what i was being taught in school and sunday school were obviously avoided. Which is quite easy to do for a class full of 8 year olds.
I did at one point get an answer on the Dionsaur issue, and why they weren't mentioned in the bible.
The answer i was given was something along the lines of 'That's because Dinosaurs don't really exist, the fossils being fond were put there to test our faith in god'.
I think it was at this point i started to reject the notion that Gensis actually happend. I consider myself someone who doesn't believe in any of the monolistic religions (or any religion for that matter), but this was only a recent development, for example i'm now 23 and on my 21st birthday i was given a Crucifix by mother. I never took it off up until about a year ago.
From a philosophical stand point, i wouldn't out right deny the existance of god, but when it comes to Science and the Scientific Method, there is no proof and it's wrong for anyone to try and make it Science until there is observable and measureable evidence.
Now you just said you're not threatened but here you say you're terrified? What's the difference?
There is actually a huge difference between being threatened and terrified actually, but i think i know what your getting at.
The notion of creatonisim, does not terrify me, from a personal perspective given what we know now, i just think it's wrong.
What does terrify me, is when as i said, George Bush saying we should teach Intelligent Design in science, as an example of both sides of the arguement. This terrifies me, the fact that something that has not been proven has found it's way into science. I hope this clarifies it for you.