If this legislator wants to promote creationism, he should say so plainly. But by invoking the term design, he wrongly conflates creationism with intelligent design. (No, ID and creationism are not the same. For some of the reasons why, read here.) I'd like to give a clear message to those who are trying to hijaack the term design in order to promote something else: Stop! That is essentially what I told the Tribune reporter:
The central issue here is not whether ID proponents believe there is a God (many do), or even whether they think the findings of ID are harmonious with a belief in God. The real question is whether design theorists claim that science can determine that the intelligent cause being detected via empirical evidence is God. ID scholars have consistently answered this question in the negative.
My question to him is,
This site articulates the worldview that
life exists as a result of "intelligent design" put in place by the
miraculous power of an all-powerful, all-loving, all-wise God---the
Designer and Creator of life and the author of all true science.