Discoveroids’ Guide to Creationist Activism

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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17 responses to “Discoveroids’ Guide to Creationist Activism

  1. Interesting. I didn’t realize scientific theories had fan clubs, organized letter writing campaigns, people checking public and school libraries to ensure appropriate books are on the shelves, parents checking colleges to ensure that they are friendly to the specific theory….

    Oh, wait. They don’t. IDC is a pseudo-science, which is not affiliated with any actual scientific method or process.

    Reminds me that Casey should have put the standard disclaimer in his book that it is a work of fiction and any reference to an actual scientific idea or claim is completely coincidental, etc….

  2. NeonNoodle

    Q: Hey Casey, what can WE do to promote alchemy education in our schools?

    A: Glad you asked. You might consider starting a local organization to increase awareness about Rumpelstiltskin, famed scientific gold-spinner who was attacked by bigots for his height-challenged stature, calling him “dwarfish” and “fictional” and other nasty names. A great way to do this is to start an Alchemy Awareness (AA) Club. Summer seminars are available with 12-step programs that indoctrinate… er, that is, initiate pre-college students, sealing their fate and ensuring they’ll never, ever enter an accredited university. Heck, you could go through our recommended propagan… um, excuse me – booklist and give appropriate Alchemy Awareness tracts to friends for Christmas, Hanukkah, Zeusday, Great Pumpkin-e’en, Yak Shaving Day, birthdays, bar mitzvahs, Everybody Loves Ramadan Eve, Suicide Bomber Day or other holidays. Cheers!

  3. Advice to someone about a social/political movement: Become active in the movement.
    Advice to someone about an idea: Learn more about the idea.

  4. Hey Casey! Your article doesn’t mention weekly David Rives movie nights, an essential part of any creationism/Inteligunt Dezyn program.
    Or the Charles/Darwin/Lyell picture dartboards
    for IDEA meetings. Don’t go all squishy on everyone, just when you’ve become a celebrity.

  5. waldteufel

    Yeah, each evening, right after we put away our family time board games, our family gathers around the computer and sends emails to university professors asking how we as a family might help further the cause of the Theory of Gravity.

    Sometimes Casey’s postings are so unctuous and precious, one is driven to barf after reading one.

  6. Luskin: I’ll warn you that lots of Internet ID-critics just want to shout you down and call you nasty names,…”

    Sadly, that’s one of the few things that Luskin is dead right about. And it needs to stop, because it gives all of us a black eye, and gives the professional quote-miners just what they want. Like it or not, in any science-pseudoscience “debate,” with a public that’s mostly science-illiterate and addicted to wishful thinking, the pseudoscience side has “hand” – and they need it. (“Seinfeld” fans know what I mean).

  7. Frank J says: “Sadly, that’s one of the few things that Luskin is dead right about.”

    Perhaps you’ve never seen a creationist misbehave, but I have. And the creationists always play the Hitler card. It doesn’t get worse than that.

  8. waldteufel

    Frank, I’m sure that you and I would agree on many things, but the idea of treating lying scum as if they are civilized scholars is really a huge problem.
    Creationists are largely liars, charlatans and fools who deserve nothing but scorn and ridicule.

    It’s time to take the gloves off with these lying, drivel shoveling clowns. They deserve nothing better.

  9. docbill1351

    Ah, Casey, Casey. Another letter from your imaginary friend. Get help.

  10. Holding the line in FL

    Look at the Texas Republican Platform. It says it all…. http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/no-comment-necessary-texas-gops-2012-platform-opposes-teaching-critical-thinking-skills/

    As Einstein said, “There are only two infinites, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former.” In
    Texas and the Republican Party, Einstein appears to be corroborated.

  11. @Holding the line if FL

    How could they possible think that writing… oh wait, right. They are clearly so dedicated to their platform that they have already relinquished their critical thinking skills themselves.

  12. One thing he forgot to mention. The creationist tract in books in the evolution section of the library trick. I did a few evolution related term papers in college and noticed once in a while a 3″x2″ tract would fall out as I was flipping through pages. I saw something similar in bookstores (back when they still existed) in books in the occult section.

  13. I’ve seen atheist tracts in books on religion in the library.

  14. @ waldteufel:

    I agree 100%. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Jumping right to the punch line can alienate the very ones we most need to reach – those who are not beyond hope but have innocently bought into some of their sound bites. Ken Miller, in “Only a Theory,” goes even further than I would, practically defending ID, before subtly springing in for the kill.

    The other issue is that we need to make it clear up front that we are criticizing the snake oil sellers not the snake oil buyers. That’s the main reason that I avoid the word “creationists” as much as possible.

  15. TomS: I’ve seen atheist tracts in books on religion in the library.”

    But have you seen science books in the science fiction or “new age” section?

  16. @FrankJ: My latest response to a Creationist is up (after unavoidable delay), and I ended by asking by asking a question I think you would approve of: http://www.nature.com/news/reach-out-to-defend-evolution-1.10640#comment-45603

    I really gritted my teeth to cut back the snark too.

  17. >FrankJ: “But have you seen science books in the science fiction or “new age” section?”

    When I visit Half-Price Books, I make a point to visit the science section, and then the religion fiction section. Coincidentally, sometimes a few books by Behe or Berlinski get appropriately reshelved. {Whistle tunelessly}