Template for Anti-Science Activism

What’s your pleasure — New-age crystals? Witchcraft? Aliens from Uranus? Creationism? Intelligent Design? Global warming/cooling/banking conspiracy? Astrology? Are you frustrated at how the so-called experts and the educational system ignore you? It’s time to fight back! Your Curmudgeon is here to help with our handy-dandy, all-purpose Kook Activism Template.

Our Template is modeled after a post we found at the website of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). They’ve been doing this stuff for years, so if it’s good enough for the Discoveroids, it’s good enough for you.

What we did is copy most of this article: Support Academic Freedom in the Teaching of Evolution, which appears at the Discoveroid blog. Then we deleted any specific references to the theory and the expert they’re challenging. In place of those deletions we provided conveniently labeled blank lines for your use.

Our blank line labeled “target theory” replaces “evolution” in the original Discoveroid article; and our blank line labeled “target villain” replaces their mention of Darwin. Other substitutions are self-explanatory.

Here’s the Discoveroid post, all fixed up and ready to go:

Kook Activism Template

Across America, the freedom of scientists, teachers, and students to question [target villain: _______] is coming under increasing attack by self-appointed defenders of the [target theory: _______] who are waging a malicious campaign to demonize and blacklist anyone who disagrees with them.

You can help by signing the [was "Academic Freedom Petition," but insert a link to your own online petition:_____] and standing up for free speech and free scientific inquiry. Go to [your own kook link _____] and sign the petition today, and tell your friends and family to sign up as well.

We, the undersigned American citizens, urge the adoption of policies by our nation’s academic institutions to ensure teacher and student academic freedom to discuss the scientific strengths and weaknesses of [target theory: _____]. Teachers should be protected from being fired, harassed, intimidated, or discriminated against for objectively presenting the scientific strengths and weaknesses of [target theory: _____]. Students should be protected from being harassed, intimidated, or discriminated against for expressing their views about the scientific strengths and weaknesses of [target theory: _____] theory in an appropriate manner.

Here’s a brief message from [was "Ben Stein," but insert the name of your own spokesman here _____] about Academic Freedom:

[Link to your spokesman's YouTube message]

That’s all we got from that one Discoveroid post, but they’re very good at this kind of thing, so here’s some additional boilerplate material from earlier Discoveroid postings that should be useful for promoting any kook teachings. These optional paragraphs are a supplemental annex to our Template:

The [target theory ____] lobby consists of narrow-minded materialists with a worldview that limits their vision and cripples the critical thinking of their students. What are they afraid of? Why won’t they permit academic freedom? Why can’t all sides of the issue be presented, so the students can decide for themselves? Why can’t students at least learn the strengths and weaknesses of the [target theory _____]?

The educational establishment will accept nothing less than the one-sided dogmatic presentation of the [target theory _____]-only position in public schools.

Join us. Despite all obstacles, our list of [target theory _____] skeptics is growing. Add your name to ours. We are not going away, and our voices will be heard.

Teach the controversy!

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12 responses to “Template for Anti-Science Activism

  1. Love it.

    And as a special bonus, I present here a detailed post on the weaknesses of the scientific theory of evolution:

    ….

    There, hope you enjoyed it!

  2. waldteufel

    The Curmudgeon strikes again!
    Brilliant!

  3. waldteufel says: “Brilliant!”

    No, just another way of pointing out that there’s no substance to their endless blather.

  4. Curmudgeon: “No, just another way of pointing out that there’s no substance to their endless blather.”

    “No substance” would be “We’re working on an alternate theory and will present it as soon as the tests are complete. Then the scientific community will embrace it and demand that it be taught.” Instead, the obsession with misrepresenting evolution, coupled with paranoid false charges of “conspiracy,” on top of a steadfast refusal to support one’s own “theory” on its own merits, is more like “antimatter.”

  5. Teach the strengths and weaknesses of the *theory* of gravity!!! Intelligent falling deserves equal time! Teach the strengths and weaknesses of the *theory* of sexual reproduction!!! Stork theory deserves equal time!!!! Teach the strengths and weaknesses of spherical earth *theory*!!! Flat earth theory deserves equal time… because it’s TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN!!!!!!

  6. LRA says:

    Teach the strengths and weaknesses of the *theory* of gravity!!!

    I am pleased that my Template will help in your worthy cause.

  7. Slightly off topic, but in reading the blathering of our pal Casey Luskin today, it seems that he has outed himself as a Young Earth Creationist.

    That he is a creationist has been common knowledge from his first scribblings, but today, when defending Don McLeroy, the YEC crazed dentist on the Texas SBOE, Case spilled the beans on himself.

    From now on, Casey ought to be referred to as Casey Luskin, Young Earth Creationist.

    Teach the controversy!!

  8. LRA enthuses

    Teach the strengths and weaknesses of the *theory* of sexual reproduction!!! Stork theory deserves equal time!!!!

    Indeed! Please send generous cash donations to the celebrated Dysovary Institute, which is the leading crusader against Karl Darwin’s pernicious ‘theory’ of Natural Conception and advocates for equal-time teaching of Intelligent Delivery.

  9. waldteufel says:

    Slightly off topic, but in reading the blathering of our pal Casey Luskin today, it seems that he has outed himself as a Young Earth Creationist.

    That wasn’t Casey, it was Casey’s boss — John West. You’re right otherwise. I just posted about it.

  10. My bad! You’re right, as always, Your Curmudgeonlyness!

    But, the creationist mindset is so top-down that I think it’s now fair to refer to the DI as a Young Earth Creationist public relations machine.

  11. “My bad! You’re right, as always, Your Curmudgeonlyness!”

    waldteufel, what the heck are you doing? Don’t be admitting he’s always right, he’ll become insufferable.

    Curm, I’m now going to have to do some research and find a case where you have been wrong.

  12. Tundra Boy says:

    Curm, I’m now going to have to do some research and find a case where you have been wrong.

    I’m aware of a few, but I won’t help you find them. My biggest mistake is that I should have taken the creationist side of The Controversy. It’s so much easier.