As the recent legal battles to eliminate (or to begin) teaching Intelligent Design [ID] are disdained by the "scientific community" as unfit for science classes because the hypothesis is not science, in that it is not observable or falsifiable, what about the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence [SETI]? We still have an ongoing program funded by the government of searching the skies for radio signals compiled in such a way as to indicate they must be from extraterrestrial, or alien civilaztions on other planets or satellites, almost certainly from other star systems. But as yet there is no evidence to confirm the existence of such civilizations, and our continued failure to detect any such civilizations does not rule out their existence-- therefore this is also not observable or falsifiable. Why should any tax dollars be spent on this, any more than they should be spent on the teaching or researching of Ingtelligent Design? In fact, there are some stark similarities between ID and SETI. Believers in God's active role in the creating and sustaining the universe believe he is there and continued observation of the universe will show it scientifically, but since His existence has not been shown on a purely scientific basis, ID is not science. In the same way, intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations have not been shown to exist, but those who want to believe they exist are proponents of continued search for them, claiming such research will sooner or later show that. And the reasons neither ID nor SETI proponents have proven their objectives are also similar... that God does not show Himself to those who do not seek Him and adhere to His commands to trust Him, and likewise ET's do not show themselves because we are simply objects of curiosity for them (if they know we exist) and we must develop further toward what they want us to be-- neither God nor ET's are going to interfere with the progress we are making toward their goals for us. There are, of course, more arguments and variations than the simple ones stated above. The religions which have come to dominate most of the world emphasize one way to be what God wants us to be, though for different ones it's not the same. And there are numerous "explanations" why we have not detected ET's if they are there... they have no interest in us, a "primitive" planet by comparison; radio communications are but a very small step in technological development, so we would have to 'catch' their signals at an extremely small corridor of their time span; that their psychology is radically different and they have no concern about other beings light years away; that they are so different physically from us (size, shape, energy utilization, use ammonia like we use water) that there is nothing in common between us, even if they have detected us; it may take many decades or centuries to detect them; and certainly not least, that an advancing technological civilazion inevitably destroys itself sooner or later. But back to the original question. If no government funds can be used to teach or research ID, why can they be used for SETI? And a corollary-- is belief in beings not scientifically proven to exist a religion?