March 15, 2008

Beware the IDiots of March

The religiously tinged evolution-questioning theory of Intelligent Design could more easily be brought up in public-school science classrooms under a proposed "academic freedom" legislation being pushed by conservative lawmakers.

A leading voice for the Intelligent Design movement acknowledged as much Wednesday by saying that the theory constitutes "scientific information," which the bill expressly and repeatedly says teachers should present in questioning and criticizing evolution without fear of persecution.

The remarks by Casey Luskin, an attorney with the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, were made during a press conference with actor-columnist-speechwriter-gameshow host [-IDiot] Ben Stein, who's exhibiting a documentary in support of the legislation.
Read the complete article in the Miami Herald.

As the mighty Wesley Elsberry correctly observes,
The only reason the Discovery Institute makes a big deal about not "mandating" instruction in “intelligent design” creationism (IDC) is that a law doing so could be challenged immediately without waiting for it to actually affect a classroom. * * *

The falsely so-called "academic freedom" bills aim to maximize the proportion of teachers that will participate in the Discovery Institute miseducation scheme and to extend the strategy to also recruit children into being as disruptive as possible whenever evolutionary science is a topic in a classroom.
Sneaky bastards they are.

1 comment:

James F. McGrath said...

I posted something on my blog today that you may enjoy, about honest and ID. Mainstream scientists, even if they turned out to be wrong about evolution (which is extremely unlikely), would have nothing to be ashamed of for following the evidence where it leads and drawing the best conclusions possible based on the evidence currently available. The cdesign proponentsists, on the other hand, have reason to be ashamed even if they turned out to be right, since even were that (as is again extremely improbable) to happen, it would be by accident, since they engage in sleight of hand and obfuscation.