EVERY now and then, creationists speak the truth. Such is the case now, in the aftermath of what we’ve been calling the Texas Science Chainsaw Massacre.
The article is by 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”).
But before you click over there to read the whole thing, be warned — Chapman’s article is full of Discoveroid Newspeak terms like “Darwinists” and “the Darwin-only lobby.” Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us — italics are in the original:
So, what did the TBOE [Texas Board of Education] do? Well, it turns out that they are fairly adroit politicians. They did remove language providing for “strengths and weaknesses” and then added new language — quite a lot of it — providing that students will learn, for example, to “analyze, evaluate and critique scientific explanations … including examining all sides of scientific evidence … so as to encourage critical thinking by the student.” Perfect! A policy distinction without a difference! In fact, the new standards are just fine, an improvement, in fact. Now teachers can tell the kids about the scientific evidence in a variety of fields that seems to contradict the Darwinian account as well as the supposed evidence in support.
After you finish choking on Chapman’s last line, you may want to read the paragraph again to get the full meaning. Chapman is saying that he’s delighted with the Texas results. Let’s read on:
By demonizing specific words [“strengths and weaknesses”] — and making the elimination of them the test of “science” — the NCSE [National Center for Science Education] and its state distributor, the Orwellian-named Texas Freedom Network, simply allowed the Board to do the obvious word shuffle. Okay, no “strengths and weakness, ” but instead, we’ll pass similar ideas in different words, and everyone will be happy. Except, of course, the NCSE and the TFN.
The irony is fantastic — a Discoveroid referring to a science advocacy group’s name as “Orwellian.” Chapman concludes:
Don’t expect the media to figure this out from the NCSE Talking Points memo, but the insiders get the picture. Dawkins must be enjoying a caustic chuckle at the expense of the NCSE.
The things that thrill a Discoveroid are strange indeed. Maybe what they’re really thrilled about is that their financial backers will keep the flow of contributions coming. Anyway, they’re pleased with events in Texas, because they feel they put one over on the “Darwinists,” and “the insiders get the picture.”
The end-result is this — “strengths and weaknesses” was defeated, yet the creationists believe they’ve won the round. Maybe they did; we’ll have to see how things play out. As we’ve said before, dealing with creationists reminds us of the title of a Lenin pamphlet: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back.
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