Discovery Institute: Their Victory in Texas

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.

At the blog of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture we read: Darwinists Trick Themselves in Texas.

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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4 responses to “Discovery Institute: Their Victory in Texas

  1. Cdesign proponentsists Czar Chapman wrote:

    Don’t expect the media to figure this out from the NCSE Talking Points memo, but the insiders get the picture.

    …which all in all amounts to a pretty explicit confession of deceit and obfuscation — and acknowledgment of a conspiracy (of “insiders”) to practise such.

  2. Of course, Chapman’s claim that the NCSE “ran blogs making fun of religion” is entirely unsupported.

    He also seems to harbor quite a bit of resentment toward Christians like me who accept evolution. I think it’s because our very existence so effectively blunts their cherished metaphorical wedge strategy.

  3. Jeremy Mohn says:

    He also seems to harbor quite a bit of resentment toward Christians like me who accept evolution. I think it’s because our very existence so effectively blunts their cherished metaphorical wedge strategy.

    Definitely. The Discoveroids love scientists like Dawkins, because they’re atheists — “true” scientists. They also love left-wing scientists, because they position their creationism as “conservative.” It’s easier to run their PR campaign against atheists and leftists than it is to argue the merits of their “science.” I’m confident that they have no idea how to get a handle on this blog.

  4. Jeremy,

    Indeed. Ken Miller makes them apoplectic.