c/- Press Inquiries,
cc. CreationEvolutionDesign blog [with "9 January 2005" corrected in title]
In the article "Scientists Finally Figure Out How Bees Fly," Sara Goudarzi, LiveScience, 9 January 2006, the claim is made that:
"Proponents of intelligent design, which holds that a supreme being rather than evolution is responsible for life's complexities, have long criticized science for not being able to explain some natural phenomena, such as how bees fly."
The same article was repeated on MSNBC, Fox News and Yahoo!.
"Proponents of intelligent design, or ID, have tried in recent years to promote the idea of a supreme being by discounting science because it can't explain everything in nature. "People in the ID community have said that we don't even know how bees fly," Altshuler said. "We were finally able to put this one to rest."
I have been a member of the ID movement since 1995, and have read most of its literature, and I have never heard of a claim by a proponent of intelligent design that "science ... can't explain ... how bees fly."
And after a Google search on "intelligent design" and "bees", I could not find such a claim. However, I did discover a discussion of your article at Bill Dembski's Uncommon Descent blog, and no one there had heard of the claim either.
So I would appreciate your journalist Sara Goudarzi or Douglas Altshuler (who seems to have been the source of the allegation), either letting me know where "Proponents of intelligent design ... have long criticized science for not being able to explain ... how bees fly," or issuing a public retraction.
Stephen E. Jones