Discoveroids Offer Free Educational Booklet!

Are you stupid, ignorant, warped, cruel, and sadistic? That’s good, but are you also the parent of school-age children? Well then, we’ve got great news for you!

At the website of the The Christian Post, which says it’s “the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website,” we read Free E-booklet: A Parent’s Guide to Intelligent Design. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Finally, a high quality resource has appeared to help parents understand the public controversy over intelligent design and Darwinism. Regardless of whether your children are in public, private, or home education, this resource is for you. You will be learn how to respond to the indoctrination strategies of the Darwin-only approach to evolution and science education.

Wow — right from the start they grab at your imagination, appeal to your parental needs, reach out to your intellect, and tug at your heartstrings — all at the same time! Aren’t you glad you came here today? We know you want to read more, so let’s get to it:

In the typical public Darwin-only environment intelligent design (ID) is often discussed in the classroom. Sadly, ID theory is usually not treated fairly in such a context. Misinformed teachers end up critiquing a theory they really don’t understand. As a college science teacher for over 19 years I can assure you of the scientific integrity of this new resource.

Impressive, huh? The article’s author — his name is Mike Keas, by the way — has great credentials, so he surely knows what he’s talking about. He’s listed as a Discovery Institute “fellow”, and here’s his faculty page at a bible college. This is a man you can trust! Let’s read on:

Parents, it is your turn to respond on behalf of your children. The Parent’s Guide to Intelligent Design equips you to answers many questions:

We’ll skip the list of questions the booklet equips you to answer. There’s really no need for such a list, because when you master intelligent design theory, you’re equipped to answer all of your children’s questions — and the answer to each one is the same: “Kid, if you don’t memorize and recite this material exactly as I teach it to you, then I’m gonna beat the tar outta you, feed you to the hogs, and you’ll end up in the Lake of Fire!”

Ah, here’s a quote from the booklet’s introduction:

Discovery Institute offers this Parent’s Guide as a resource to help you begin to learn about intelligent design and educate your kids on this issue. In addition to basic scientific information, this guide contains helpful tips and recommended books, videos, and other resources you can turn to for solid, reliable, scientific information on intelligent design.

If the booklet comes from the Discoveroids, you know it’s exactly what you’ve been looking for. And it’s not only for your home-schooling activities. If you work at it, you can probably get your school board to add this to the curriculum of the public schools. Just think: If everyone did that, then the whole world will be creationist!

The Christian Post article — or infomercial, or whatever it is — ends with a handy link to the Discoveroids where you can obtain a free copy of this wonderful booklet. Well, if you’re interested, then what are you waiting for? Go ahead and put yourself on their mailing list. You’re already an idiot, so you’ve got nothing to lose.

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29 responses to “Discoveroids Offer Free Educational Booklet!

  1. I am now the proud owner of the Discoveroid’s Free e-Booklet: A Parent’s Guide to Intelligent Design! I was, however, obliged to subscribe to spam from both the DI and ‘Positively Republican’ to secure it — but, like Dembski says, there just ain’t no free lunch.

    It is a gem! I was particularly keen, from the table of contents, to read ‘Part 6: What Can Parents do to Support Intelligent Design?’. I was fully expecting here some practical advice on how to select an appropriate mate for optimal offspring, or — if I had already made that choice — a guide to somehow genetically modifying my offspring to introduce some elements of intelligent design. But no! The primary advice the e-booklet gives under this heading is

    The most obvious way that parents and families can support intelligent design is to join, or financially support, ID organizations like Discovery Institute. Despite stereotypes put out by the media, the ID movement is vastly underfunded compared to the Darwin Lobby

    Once again, no free lunch… :-(

  2. Charles Deetz ;)

    “a resource to help you begin to learn about intelligent design and educate your kids”

    Why would you want to push this on your kids, if you don’t understand it yourself?

  3. Supporting the DI and at the same time the Republican Party is what
    one today would expect. No self respecting white fundie would ever consider anything else. Better to vote against your own best interest than a half white. Better to support biblical inerrancy and teach kids to
    distrust science are what good Republicans think. The fundies know
    that Romney will do their bidding….whatever it takes to win their votes.

  4. That’s a very unattractive comment, Charley Horse.

  5. Gee, I wonder if they offer Parent’s Guides to other subjects not typically taught in schools, such as the process of spontaneous human combustion, the history of ancient astronauts, pyramid power and other exotic forms of energy, homeopathy, tarot reading, and how to protect oneself during the coming zombie apocalypse. Those subjects are as equally deserving of parental consideration as ID is, and perhaps more so.

  6. The obvious question is that, since the Discoveroids claim to support “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution, does this resource the weaknesses of ID? Starting with the one whereby it doesn’t even have enough science to take a wild guess on the age and shape of the earth, or whether Timmy and Lassie share common ancestors?

  7. Charley Horse asserts:

    Better to support biblical inerrancy and teach kids to
    distrust science are what good Republicans think

    Really, really don’t think issue here is party political, or that your claim here at all stands up.

    It would be handy if all such lunacy were confined to a single political party, but alas, it seems to be pretty evenly distributed across the spectrum. There is no monopoly on stupid, IMHO

  8. Ed ponders:

    Gee, I wonder if they offer Parent’s Guides to other subjects not typically taught in schools, such as the process of spontaneous human combustion, [&c.]

    All in good time. Were the Discoveroids ever to actually succeed with their Wedge Strategy to ‘defeat materialism’, there would be no end of oogity-boogity in the classroom.

    “Good morning, class! Welcome to Witch-Detection and Heretic-Flaying 101″

  9. I wonder whether their connection with a political party jeopardizes their tax-exempt status.

  10. Frank J suggests that the Discoveroids lack enough science to determine that

    Timmy and Lassie share common ancestors

    But the real issue for the Discoveroids is their fear that, if that Darwinian finding were true, then morality vanishes and there would be nothing to stop Timmy and Lassie sharing marriage vows.

    Or something like that…

  11. @Megalonyx, is there a way to post the info? I’d like to see it, for a laugh is nothing else, I’d rather not be on a DI mailing list. I’d need a better spam filter.
    And a bit off topic;
    @Charley Horse, I take it your view is that creationist = white republican. Living in Chicago I can tell you that you are incorrect. Of all my friends and coworkers who are creationists or even overtly xian that I know, only three of them are republican. Everyone else, whether African American, white, Hispanic or Asian is decidedly democrat. The republicans that I know are either atheist, agnostic or simply going thru the motions due to some sense of family tradition. Just because a group of lunatics have high jacked the train; don’t assume the passengers are crazy as well.

  12. I, too, am not eager to be on their mailing list. But I’d like to hear whether they address the issue of “what happened and when” – whether they can go beyond “somehow, something is wrong with evolutionary biology”.

  13. @ Paul S and TomS (are you guys the S Brothers):

    You can always do what I did: set up a freebie webmail account, and use that addy rather than your personal one.

    Hey, one could be creative with this, now that I think about it. Think how thrilled the Discoveroids will be to find, in their database, subscribers like “satan.himself@gmail.com” and “richard.dawkins@yahoo.com”

  14. The Republicans are the ones promoting vouchers in many states.
    The Republicans are the ones who constantly promote proselytizing in
    public schools.
    The Republicans are the loudest in discrediting the evidence of global
    warming.
    Goldwater warned many times about his party using the fundies
    to gain power. What we see today is exactly what he warned of.

    Do you know of any Democrat US senate candidate who is likely to be elected based on his or her promise to protect golf courses from a UN agenda?

    I don’t live in Chicago. I live in West Tennessee. A red state now dominated by Retaliban pols. My US Rep’s creds are a high school
    graduate, share cropper, fundamentalist gospel singer and white.

  15. Paul S & Tom S:

    Leave a (suitably disguised) email address and I’ll send you a copy if you don’t want to bother to set up dummy email accounts. I also have some more information on the booklet here:

    http://dododreams.blogspot.com/2012/09/who-could-designer-be.html

  16. Thanks for the suggestion, Megalonyx. I got the booklet, and, as I suspected, the “definition” of ID says:
    Intelligent design (“ID”) is a scientific theory which holds that some features of the universe and living things are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process such as natural selection.
    I don’t need to point out to the readers here that this is, at best, a negative description, not telling us anything about what an ID theory might be like.

  17. Charley Horse says: “The Republicans are the ones promoting vouchers in many states.”

    Louisiana’s legislature was controlled by Dems when they passed their creationism law in 2008, and many so-called bible-belt states until recently were similarly under Dem control. Aside from creationism, it can’t be denied that there’s plenty of lunacy in both parties.

  18. Ceteris Paribus

    There is no controversy inside the Republican party that they have a problem with white demographics. Lindsey Graham and Carl Rove have both mentioned it recently lately.

    An Associated Press article of August 27, dateline Tampa, FL, with lead “Happy now for tea party help, GOP faces challenges” mentions that in the 2008 election 90 percent of John McCain’s votes came from whites, and for George W Bush in 2001 91 percent of his votes came from whites. (I didn’t link to the article or quote from it knowing Curm’s aversion to that kind of link, but you should be able to google it if interested)

    It is a genuine demographic problem that the Republicans must face, or they reasonably could find themselves out of business in a couple of election cycles.

    History shows that the Whig party held sway in US politics until right on the verge of the Civil War, the Whigs suddenly became irrelevant when the Republican party itself was formed.

  19. Ceteris Paribus says: “There is no controversy inside the Republican party that they have a problem with white demographics.”

    That’s one of the great ironies and tragedies of history. It’s well-known (or it should be) that the Republicans were traditionally for civil rights and the Dems opposed — until Lyndon Johnson. But then the Dems somehow co-opted minorities into supporting (and becoming dependent upon) the welfare system, which the Republicans have always opposed, so now the Republicans have been branded as the bad guys.

  20. Ceteris Paribus

    @TomS re tax exempt organizations and politics:

    My understanding is that parties and their platforms, or referendums, or political policies are all fair game for tax exempt organizations including churches.

    It is only when they campaign for a specific candidate that they cross an imaginary line. I say imaginary, because apparently no church has ever been challenged by the IRS for using their pulpit to either support or oppose specific candidates.

  21. Ceteris Paribus

    @Curm re the ironies and tragedys of politics:

    There is some kind of a maxim along the lines of “Power corrupts, and absolute power …”

    I think it is listed in the Big Book of Ironic Political Aphorisms right after the one that advises: “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and render unto…”

  22. Ceteris Paribus says: “Power corrupts, and absolute power …”

    I’ve never agreed with that. Power, of itself, doesn’t corrupt (e.g., George Washington), but it certainly attracts corrupt people.

  23. SC: an interesting aspect of the history of the Democrats and the Republicans is that the parties of the 60’s bear almost no resemblence to the parties of today. Both were fairly diverse, in that they had relatively liberal and conservative members, and party affiliation had more to do with geography and traditional supporting constituencies than it did pure ideology. Also, prior to the 80’s, there was no particularly strong evangelical influence in the Republican party, rather both parties had members who were more or less religious. It seems to me that the religious right chose the Republican party as a means of responding in a political way to the civil rights movement and Roe v Wade, and that was the beginning of today’s political polarization.

  24. Curm, after reading the first paragraphs advertising their ID e-booklet, I kind of felt like they were trying to grab me by something anatomically lower than where my imangination resides.

  25. Discoveroids ad: “You will be learn how to respond to the indoctrination strategies…”

    Curmy, I was all set to blame that little gem on you, until I clicked on the link and lo and behold! That’s how the Discoveroids wrote it. They must have Larry the Croc from “Pearls Before Swine” doing their copy writing.

    I’m surprised no one else caught it.

  26. Wait! Here’s another:
    “The Parent’s Guide to Intelligent Design equips you to answers many questions:…”

    I looked a bit closer this time — it wasn’t Larry the Croc who wrote the ad, it was Mike Keas himself, the author of the e-book.

    No more comment needed.

  27. It would be handy if all such lunacy were confined to a single political party, but alas, it seems to be pretty evenly distributed across the spectrum.

    Nope, Republicans are significantly more likely to believe in creationism at all levels of education.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/21811/american-beliefs-evolution-vs-bibles-explanation-human-origins.aspx

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/155003/hold-creationist-view-human-origins.aspx

  28. @Stacy.

    All that means is that evolution-deniers, both the committed variety, and the ones that are just fooled and don’t have the time or interest to realize it (each group being roughly 1/4 of the adult population) vote mostly Republican, and mostly for social, not economic reasons. Education in fields other than science does little to correct misconceptions among the latter, or make the former use their God-given reason. Republican scientists are much more likely to accept evolution and reject creationism/ID than Democratic nonscientists.

  29. This thread alone shows why anti-evolution activists have been able to fool so many people who are capable of knowing better. They are skilled with word games, especially of the “heads I win, tails you lose” variety. And they have trained their fans to downplay their internal disagreements, even those as devastating as a disagreement on the age of life by factors of ~700,000! Heck, they have even trained their critics into thinking that such fatal contradictions are unimportant. Hello!? Does the phrase “convergence, neither sought nor fabricated,” coined by that ultra“Darwinist” Pope John Paul II, no less, mean anything to anyone?

    In contrast, we “Darwinists” enjoy challenging ourselves in public, and that’s a good thing, though counterintuitive to most. Megalonyx can correct me if necessary, but what he meant by “evenly distributed” is merely that that it’s far from all-or-nothing. In the 2001-05 aggregate data, 57% of Republicans gave the absurd answer to a poorly worded question. But so did 44% of Democrats. Also the “post graduate” Republicans and “some college” Democrats were equal at 44%.

    So really we (Megalonyx, Stacy and I) are all saying the same thing, albeit in different ways. More importantly, the sad fact is that Americans of all religious and political ideologies, and education levels, accept or deny evolution mostly for all the wrong reasons. Everything but the convergence, neither sought nor fabricated of multiple lines of evidence, which skilled anti-evolution activists know better than to even try to obtain for their mutually-contradictory, long falsified “theories.”