Food Fight: Discoveroids, Jonathan Wells, NY Times, NCSE, etc.

THIS IS ONE OF those jolly-good food fights we love to write about — the kind where everyone in the room is tossing stuff at everyone else. First, the New York Times ran this article on Saturday (23 August): 10 Questions, and Answers, About Evolution . Here’s one excerpt:

“Ten questions to ask your biology teacher about evolution,” a document by Jonathan Wells, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based group that advocates intelligent design, aims to highlight the weaknesses in evolutionary theory. Here are his questions, along with responses compiled by the National Center for Science Education. More questions can be found on Dr. Wells’s site …

The Times doesn’t give a link to Eugenie Scott’s National Center for Science Education, but we just did. More importantly, here’s a link to that site’s Responses to Jonathan Wells’s Ten Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher. Interestingly that article is dated November 28, 2001, which means it’s almost seven years old. This is an ancient issue.

Additionally, the Times ran another yet “evolution vs. creationism” article on the same day: A Teacher on the Front Line as Faith and Science Clash. That’s a fine account of a teacher in Florida, a matter of particular interest to Florida Citizens for Science, and discussed by them at their blog: FCS in the New York Times.

Apparently, this was all too much for the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, who felt they needed to respond.

First, Bruce Chapman, President of the Discovery Institute (a/k/a the Discoveroids), Lord High Keeper of their Wedge strategy, and the ultimate leader of all cdesign proponentsists (described here: Missing link: “cdesign proponentsists”), wrote this: A Mickey Mouse Article about a Mickey Mouse Course. Excerpt:

The New York Times unwittingly serves the cause of science and education with its tendentious front page article today

That was a rather ineffectual response by Chapman. So the Discoveroids decided to deploy one of their major intellectual talents. They brought out none other than Casey Luskin to write this gem:

New York Times Inherits The Spin, Republishes Darwinists’ Error-Filled “Answers” to Jonathan Wells’ “Ten Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher”, in which Casey dredges up — and repeats! — Jonathan Wells’ ancient creationist defense to his creaky old “10 Questions.”

As long as everyone else is hauling out and re-publishing his oldie-goldies, we may as well remind you of something we’ve written before:

[W]ho is Wells? Wells is a Moonie, who has previously described the motivation for his biology career as follows [note that “Father” is Sun Myung Moon, the leader of the Unification Church]. The source of what follows is here: Darwinism: Why I Went for a Second Ph.D., by Jonathan Wells.

Father’s words, my studies, and my prayers convinced me that I should devote my life to destroying Darwinism, just as many of my fellow Unificationists had already devoted their lives to destroying Marxism. When Father chose me (along with about a dozen other seminary graduates) to enter a Ph.D. program in 1978, I welcomed the opportunity to prepare myself for battle. [Emphasis supplied.]

That’s the Discoveroid who wrote the “10 Questions” with which kiddies are now harassing their teachers. We don’t know why the Times decided to write about this matter after so many years, but having done so they’ve re-opened the whole thing, and now it’s back in play.

This is good for the Discoveroids. They don’t do any research, they certainly don’t promote any science, and there are no creationists in academia or the corporate world who are accomplishing anything with their “creation science” or Intelligent Design “theory.” So what else do the Discoveroids have to talk about?

And it’s good for the rest of us. We get to watch all the players have their food fight. And sometimes, when we’re bored and need a bit diversion, we can fling our own food around. Hey, Casey … splat!

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