Discovery Institute: Wild Charges of Evidence Suppression

AS EXPECTED, the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) are concentrating their efforts on Texas. Our last report was a week ago: Discovery Institute: Against the New Texas Science Standards. But that was merely an article in their blog by Casey Luskin.

In The Christian Post we read Scientist Coalition Accused of ‘Suppressing’ Evidence Against Darwinism .

Scientists suppressing evidence? That’s a serious accusation of professional misconduct. Who is The Christian Post anyway? Their about us page says:

The Christian Post is the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of Christian-related news in America and a majority of the world. Established in July 2000 with the vision of delivering the good news and spreading the light of Christian culture through Internet media …

That page also includes a nine-point Statement of Faith, beginning with:

We believe that the Bible, consisting of Old and New Testaments only, is verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, is inerrant in the original manuscripts, and is the infallible and authoritative Word of God.

Okay, that’s fine. Now who is using their pages to make this charge of unprofessional conduct? They tell us right up front. Here (with bold added for emphasis) are some excerpts:

“The 21st Century Science Coalition has the wrong name,” says Dr. John G. West, Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.

“It should be dubbed the ‘19th Century Science Coalition,’ because it wants to turn the clock back to the 19th century by suppressing recent scientific evidence challenging Darwinism from fields like biochemistry, bioinformatics, microbiology, and paleontology,” he told The Christian Post in response to the coalition’s recruitment of more than 800 supporters from the scientific community in Texas.

Ah yes, John West — a Senior Fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute (the DI), where he is Associate Director of their Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). That makes him one of the chief Keepers of their Wedge Strategy, and the guru of the cdesign proponentsists (a term described here: Missing link: “cdesign proponentsists”).

Why isn’t this business of alleged evidence suppression being addressed in academia, or in the peer-reviewed scientific journals? Why would such a serious matter be presented in The Christian Post? That publication hardly seems equipped to resolve the matter. Nevertheless, they seem to do their best to present a balanced account of the situation — that is, they report what both sides are saying:

The 21st Century Science Coalition alleges, however, that the references to “strengths and weaknesses” have been used by politicians “to introduce supernatural explanations into science courses.”

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In addition to asserting that scientifically sound curriculum standards must “make clear that evolution is an easily observable phenomenon that has been documented beyond any reasonable doubt,” supporters of the [pro-science] statement say standards must “recognize that all students are best served when matters of faith are left to families and houses of worship.”

West, however, insists that no one is proposing to teach religion in biology classes in Texas.

The claim about religion is simply a smoke screen to cover up the effort by Darwinists to impose an ideological litmus test on science education in Texas,” he said.

Who would know more about smoke screens than a Discoveroid?

This is an interesting article. It appears to us that The Christian Post is trying to present the issue fairly, given their lack of scientific expertise, and the fact that someone they presume to be honorable is claiming foul play. The most interesting aspect of this, however, is not how The Christian Post is struggling with issues well beyond their expertise, but how the Discoveroids are exploiting their faith-based network of scientifically unsophisticated people to oppose the theory of evolution.

Let’s not be excessively polite here. John West is quoted as saying that the 21st Century Science Coalition is “suppressing recent scientific evidence challenging Darwinism.”

Okay, Westy, you’ve made the accusation. Now let’s see if you can back it up!

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One response to “Discovery Institute: Wild Charges of Evidence Suppression

  1. “The most interesting aspect of this, however, is…how the Discoveroids are exploiting their faith-based network of scientifically unsophisticated people to oppose the theory of evolution.”
    So…they’re exploiting themselves? That, my friend, sounds deliciously naughty.