WE have often described the creationist-intelligent design (ID) movement in terms which echo those once used to describe the spread of Marxism. The ID movement is currently led by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids).
The Discoveroids 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. They use other tactics borrowed from the leftists. One such tactic was described here: Discovery Institute: Stealth Operative Francis Beckwith.
They promote rather obvious ploys like the Academic Freedom Act, and they complain about viewpoint discrimination and academic persecution. The Discoveroids have shamelessly adopted liberal codewords, some taken from the civil rights movement, to propagandize the teaching of intelligent design. That’s why you always see them demanding that the schools should stop “discriminating,” and claiming that they’re for “fairness.” In promoting what is literally affirmative action for their pseudo-science, they tirelessly urge that schools should “teach both sides” of the non-existent scientific “controversy.”
There are sometimes threats and intimidation, as described here: The Ugly Face of Creationism, although we make no accusations, because there are no fingerprints connecting such episodes to the Discoveroids. And there’s another oddity which we’ll toss in for your consideration: The Discoveroids’ Wedge Document describes their arch-enemy — materialism. This is oddly evocative of the Marxists’ enemy of free-market capitalism. See also: Discovery Institute: Conservatives or Socialists? And don’t overlook: Intelligent Design: It’s Not About Science.
If that’s not enough, check out our “global report,” which was only half tongue-in-cheek: Intelligence Briefing: The State of the Creosphere.
That’s a lot to think about — or to dismiss as mere feverish speculation. But the evidence keeps piling up. Today, in what is otherwise a purely local story about a seemingly boring person who has achieved a boring political office, we have found what appears to be an actual case study in the techniques used to identify, recruit, and promote creationist-ID operatives.
This news item is from Texas, currently a principal theater of the Discoveroids’ War on Reason, so today’s story is especially significant. Therefore, dear reader, let us consider, some excerpts from Irving ISD trustee says despite personal beliefs, she won’t push intelligent design, which appears in the Dallas Morning News. The bold font was added by us:
New Irving school board trustee Heather Ashley says that she is a creationist and supports the teaching of intelligent design – though she knows she can’t have any impact at the local level on the teaching of evolution.
“I am not going to, as a school board member, set curriculum that teaches only one point of view,” she said. “I think we should have the possibility of teachers exposing students to different perspectives, which should include intelligent design.”
Irving is a city within Dallas County. They have just acquired exactly what Texas doesn’t need — yet another creationist school board member. How is it that these people keep popping up? Let’s read on:
Ashley, 30, said that she realizes decisions about the teaching of evolution happen at the state level and that she didn’t run for the school board to change its teaching.
“I’m not going to campaign for intelligent design,” Ashley said. “That’s not why I’m on the board.”
Right. We always believe creationist politicians. Hint: Ashley probably dreams about changing the board’s teaching. We continue with the article:
On her résumé she lists that in 2000, she was a fellow for the conservative Family Research Council, which is affiliated with Focus on the Family, a group founded by James Dobson. Ashley said she also supports abstinence-only education.
This illustrates something else we’ve been saying. Any group with “Family” in its name is a creationist outfit — unless the group’s name suggests “family planning,” which is a completely different bunch of people. Here’s more:
Lewisville Trinity Baptist Church pastor Terry Bowman said that Ashley, who is a church pianist and teaches vacation Bible school, is very cooperative. “I think she has some strong convictions concerning family and morality,” he said.
While at the Family Research Council, Ashley said, she worked under Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis, known for his opposition to gays in the military. She said her involvement with the group had “more of a national focus than a local focus.”
We may be making more of this than is really there, but one can conclude that Ashley was spotted by a creationist recruiter, proved her commitment in that “family” outfit, and now she’s being positioned in a political office. See how it works?
Here’s one more excerpt:
“My goal is to serve my community,” she said.
Okay, we know what you’re thinking. This may be pure Curmudgeonly paranoia. But there’s a pattern here. We see the same institutional players over and over again in state after state, and we see their chosen operatives moving into political positions. And we don’t like what we see.
As Colonel Klebb said on SPECTRE Island after reviewing the file on “Nash,” Bond’s opponent in From Russia With Love:
… convicted murderer. Escaped Dartmoor Prison …. Recruited in Tangier … Homicidal paranoiac … Superb material!
Welcome to the controversy, Heather Ashley!
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