This is a great post from the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
It’s by Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist. Now that he’s a famous creation science author, with a book he co-authored with two other Discoveroids and published by the Discovery Institute Press, he’s answering his fan mail — just like a real celebrity.
He tells us about it in his latest post: What Can YOU Do to Support Intelligent Design? That title is certainly an attention-grabber. Casey says, with bold font added by us and his links omitted:
Recently a family e-mailed me wondering what they could do to support intelligent design.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! How bizarre is that? Can you imagine, dear reader, a genuine scientist getting an email asking: “What can my family do to support the theory of relativity?” Anyway, assuming Casey really did receive such an email, which we doubt, his post contains his answer.
First he advises staying “informed” by reading the Discoveroids’ website and keeping up with their other online activities. Then he suggests “ways that you can reach out to others.” That activism advice is the bulk of his post. Here his first suggestion:
Start your own ID blog, or participate in other ID blogs like Uncommon Descent. It’s always good to have pro-ID voices on the Internet, although I’ll warn you that lots of Internet ID-critics just want to shout you down and call you nasty names, so it’s not uncommonly the case that you’d be wasting your time by engaging them.
That’s good advice. The world could always use another creationist blog. But sensitive bloggers must watch out for all the nasty “anti-ID” people out there. Casey goes on:
Become a voice for academic freedom in your local community. One easy thing you can do is sign the Academic Freedom Petition. You can write letters to the editor to local newspapers, calling on them to stand up for good science education and provide corrections to misinformation or biased reporting on this issue.
We like the suggestion to write letters to the editor. Those things are always entertaining. Casey continues:
Another constant need is to ensure that your local public libraries, secondary school libraries, and university libraries have up-to-date copies of intelligent design books.
Up-to-date creationism books? What’s the difference between a new one and some ancient clunker that’s been around for a century? They’re all the same. Oh wait — the newer books are by Discoveroids, and they get the royalties. Here’s more:
You might consider starting a local organization to increase awareness about intelligent design. A great way to do this is to start an Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness (IDEA) Club. These extracurricular clubs are affiliated with the IDEA Center (which is a distinct organization from Discovery Institute), but they can organize events on local college campuses or in communities to show videos or bring speakers to educate the public about the issue.
We thought the IDEA clubs were extinct. The last time we wrote about them was more than three years ago: Discovery Institute: IDEA Clubs Flopped? Moving along:
Besides IDEA Clubs, if you know university students who are interested in ID, you can encourage them to get involved with Discovery Institute’s Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design. And if you know pre-college students who are college-shopping, encourage them to consider how the school they’re going to attend deals with topics like the origins of life and of human beings.
That’s great advice! Yes, encourage students to go to creationist seminars and creationist colleges. Another excerpt:
Finally, another way you can make a difference is to advocate for positive changes in education in your local school or community. If you have kids, find out how their schools cover evolution. For public schools, we recommend that they teach the scientific evidence for and against Darwinian evolution … .
Yes, get involved in school board politics! Casey concludes with this:
Feel free to do your own brainstorming and/or look for opportunities within your personal sphere of influence to educate people about intelligent design. Heck, you could go through our recommended booklist and give appropriate ID books to friends for Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays, or other holidays.
So there you have it — Casey’s guide to creationist activism. Print it out. Tape it to your refrigerator door. Do your part to support intelligent design and make the world a dumber place.
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