Creationist Brawl Brewing in Texas?

MOST of you know that the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) has sued the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. They want the Board to be ordered to give the ICR graduate school a Certificate of Authority to grant Master of Science degrees in Science Education. We’ve written about this a few times, most recently here: ICR v. Paredes: Second Impressions.

In an earlier post we predicted — accurately so far — that the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) will remain aloof from ICR’s problems:

There are two specific reasons why the Discoveroids probably won’t be siding with ICR in the current litigation. First, ICR is a young-earth creationist outfit, and declares openly that their “science” is scripture-based. The Discoveroids need to pretend that they’re not about religion, in the hope of bypassing the First Amendment. Second, from even a casual reading of the ICR complaint, it’s almost certain that their case will be a loser. Therefore the Discoveroids will keep their distance.

In our most recent post we noted that the Discoveroids’ blog hadn’t said a word about ICR’s suit. We added:

Imagine the Discoveroids’ anguish. Just when they were on the verge of convincing everyone that Intelligent Design is science, those primitive young-earth-creationists burst out of their trailer parks waving their bibles around. They’re going to ruin everything! This is sooooo embarrassing!

It must be galling to ICR that their cause is being shunned by the Discoveroids, who have a faith-based network of accomplices — card-carrying creationists, fellow travelers, and useful idiots — occupying posts in various school boards and legislatures around the country. As we pointed out here, back in 2003 the Discoveroids were able to line up a group of creationist professors who signed a letter presented to the Texas Board of Education about the alleged legitimacy of teaching intelligent design as a scientific topic. This “scholarly” testimony was announced in a Discoveroid press release: Texas Professors Urge State Board to Fully and Completely Teach Evolution.

And that’s not all. The Discoveroids have contacts all over the state of Texas who are positioned to offer assistance to ICR. They have operatives in the legislature, and they have sympathetic creationists who dominate the Texas Board of Education Even the governor, Rick Perry, appointed Don McLeroy, a creationist dentist, to be chairman of the Texas Board of Education.

But with all these resources, the Discoveroids haven’t even mentioned the ICR litigation. Their disdain is almost tangible. Will there be any repercussions for the Discoveroids’ haughtiness?

Remember, in The Godfather, all the troubles that ensued after Don Vito Corleone refused to help his fellow gangsters when they wanted his assistance. Eventually, after considerable turmoil, their problems were resolved in a meeting of reconciliation where this dialog took place:

BARZINI: Don Corleone is too modest. He had the judges and politicians in his pocket and he refused to share them. His refusal is not the act of a friend. He takes the bread out of the mouths of our families. Times have changed, it’s not like the old days where everyone can go his own way. If Don Corleone had all the judges and politicians in New York, then he must share them or let others use them. Certainly he can present a bill for such services, we’re not Communists, after all. But he has to let us draw water from the well. It’s that simple.

Of course, Barzini was complaining about Don Vito’s refusal to cooperate in protecting the drug trade, while the Discoveroids aren’t declining to help with anything remotely like that — they’re merely avoiding any association with scriptural creationism, in order to maintain the fiction that they’re promoting science, not religion. Make the necessary substitutions as you read Don Corleone’s concession speech:

DON CORLEONE: My friends, I didn’t refuse out of malice. You all know me. When have I ever refused an accommodation? But why, this time? Because I think this drug business will destroy us in the years to come. It’s not like whiskey or gambling or even women which most people want and is forbidden them by the pezzonovante of the Church and the Government. But drugs? No. Even policemen, who help us in gambling and other things would refuse to help us in drugs. But … I am willing to do whatever all of you think is necessary.

Will there be some kind of bitter, sectarian clash that erupts among the creationists over the Discoveroids’ refusal to help their creationist colleagues? Perhaps not, but all the elements are present in Texas. It would certainly be fun to watch.

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2 responses to “Creationist Brawl Brewing in Texas?

  1. The Curmudgeon wrote: “In our most recent post we noted that the Discoveroids’ blog hadn’t said a word about ICR’s suit.”

    I have yet to hear a DI comment – positive or negative – about Ohio’s Freshwater case too. Silence is the only way they can have it both ways with Biblical creationism. Anything else would alienate some subset of their scammed audience.

  2. Frank J says: “I have yet to hear a DI comment – positive or negative – about Ohio’s Freshwater case too.”

    Yet they went all-out to send creation science “experts” to testify at Don McLeroy’s hearings — and McLeroy is as YEC as one can get, without being a flat-earther. I suspect that if McLeroy had been running some county school board, the Discoveroids would have shunned him. But Texas is too big a prize. Even with that compromise, they still turn their backs on ICR.