Discovery Institute: Creationist Camp Failing?

THIS is related to our earlier post, Adventures in Creationist Education, about a pair of creationism conferences promoted by Ken Ham. He’s the fellow who runs Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum (“Prepare to believe”).

The conferences were back in February. If you couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity, we also mentioned that life was presenting you with a rare second chance — one that sounded even better.

We informed you that the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) would be having what they billed as “two intensive summer seminars on intelligent design” — in July. The event will be Seattle, where the Discoveroids are located.

Incredibly, although they announced the event back in February, the Discoveroids weren’t instantly over-subscribed with eager young applicants. Now the Discoveroid blog has another announcement; it’s by Casey Luskin: Deadline Nears for Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design. Casey says, with bold font added by us:

Discovery Institute’s third annual Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design are still accepting applications, and the deadline has been extended to April 30.

This is most surprising — especially because, as their official announcement says:

Students selected for these seminars will be provided with course materials, lodging and most meals. Travel assistance will also be provided up to a specified amount.

Not only is admission free, they’re providing free everything else. And don’t forget the main attraction. In Casey’s own words:

The program is an incredible opportunity for students to spend 9 days learning about intelligent design from top ID thinkers such as Stephen Meyer, Jonathan Wells, Richard Sternberg, Jay Richards, Doug Axe, John West, and many others.

Wow! Nine days of that stuff! Why weren’t they immediately flooded with applications and quickly over-subscribed? Do we detect a problem here?

What could be causing their attendance shortfall? Consider this:

Imagine that your son tells you: “I’m gonna send in an application for the Discoveroid creationist seminar!” What would you do?

You want the best for your child, and here he’s not only telling you that he’s a creationist — which is bad enough! — but he wants to go to Seattle and become a certifiable, full-blown creationist.

As a parent, how do you react? Do you let him go to what you suspect is a creationist brain-washing and propaganda festival? You fear that it may destroy whatever remains of your son’s mind, thus assuring that his life will be lived under a bridge, croaking out creationist sermons to passers-by. Or do you lock him in his room until the seminar date passes? Which course of conduct constitutes child abuse?

We suspect most parents are choosing the lockup option, which may explain why the Discoveroids still have available slots for their summer event. Hey, if you want to go, you still have a chance!

Here’s a final excerpt from Casey’s blog article:

Please also note that Discovery Institute carefully screens applicants to ensure both high quality and high confidentiality for those who participate.

High quality! Gotta love that Casey, he’s always good for a laugh.

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5 responses to “Discovery Institute: Creationist Camp Failing?

  1. Free board, free food, free bozos. What could be better?

    Let’s all sign up and teach them a thing or two about Intelligent Design. Then we’ll get free laughs as a bonus.

  2. b. j. edwards says: “Let’s all sign up and teach them a thing or two about Intelligent Design.”

    Nine days with Casey Luskin? No, I think I’ll pass. I yield my place to you.

  3. I guess they ‘expel’ anyone of insufficient ‘quality’.

    I’d love to be at a talk given by Luskin, as long as they allowed me to bring in some bags of dog crap.

  4. Tundra Boy says: “… as long as they allowed me to bring in some bags of dog crap.”

    That would be evidence of Intelligent Design.

  5. As you know, AiG and the DI promote very different “kinds” of creationism, and the DI even insists that it’s pseudoscience is not “creationism.”

    What would be excellent is for a student to attend and keep asking how the DI intends to *refute* young-earth claims (most DI folk are old-earthers) and take a position on common descent (Behe says yes, Nelson no, Dembski maybe) – in order to finally back up the empty “ID is not creationism” claim.

    The disruptive student of course will be sent home on the first day and can write a book about the experience.