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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