YESTERDAY we told you about a creationist revival meeting in Colorado. See: Discovery Institute: Brave Struggle Against All Odds. Today we have a follow-up report.
This is from the blog of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). Their article is titled More People Flock to Second Day of Colorado Conference to Hear Behe and Berlinski.
As a special treat, the Discoveroid article is by John West. You can skip these two indented paragraphs if you already know who he is:
West is a winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award. He’s a Senior Fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute (the DI), where he is Associate Director of their Center for Science and Culture. That makes him one of the chief Keepers of their Wedge strategy, and the guru of the cdesign proponentsists (a term described here: cdesign proponentsists).
Here are are some excerpts from West’s report. The bold font was added by us:
More than a thousand people attended the second day of the Legacy of Darwin ID Conference this weekend in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Is that possible? We suppose so. One could probably attract that many to a lecture by abducted UFO probe victims, or to a seminar on the topic “Elvis Is Alive.” So why not creationism? Let’s read on:
Behe, in his usual winsome and accessible style, drove home just how much empirical evidence has accumulated in recent years demonstrating the sharp limits to the Darwinian mechanism of natural selection and random mutations.
Ah yes, Behe’s using the God of the gaps argument. As Einstein once said:
To be sure, the doctrine of a personal God interfering with the natural events could never be refuted, in the real sense, by science, for this doctrine can always take refuge in those domains in which scientific knowledge has not yet been able to set foot. But I am persuaded that such behaviour on the part of the representatives of religion would not only be unworthy but also fatal. For a doctrine which is able to maintain itself not in clear light but only in the dark, will of necessity lose its effect on mankind, with incalculable harm to human progress… .
— Albert Einstein, Science and Religion
During the question period that followed, two people offered long-winded “questions” to Behe that seemed to come straight from the talking points of the National Center for Science Education.
Blasphemy! How could the Darwinists have been so insensitive? And it gets even worse:
The first person offered a laundry list of the ways Judge Jones and the Darwinist witnesses in the Kitzmiller case supposedly refuted intelligent design (including the shibboleth about the Type-Three Secretory System). The second person read off a list of scientific organizations such as the AAAS that have denounced of ID and then demanded to know how ID claims could be scientifically tested.
What an outrage! How did the Discoveroids handle this situation?
Behe patiently explained how Darwinists in the Kitzmiller case far from refuted the evidence from intelligent design and described how Judge Jones uncritically cut-and-pasted his inaccurate analysis of ID from a brief written by lawyers for the plaintiffs.
This is intellectual necrophilia. That “cut-and-paste” argument was dead from the start, but the Discoveroids keep the corpse in storage and haul it out for a ride every time the Kitzmiller case is mentioned. Creepy stuff, but hey — they held this Colorado revival on Halloween.
On the bright side, we conclude that West is an environmentally sensitive, planet-saving kind of guy, because he obviously believes in recycling trash. He blogged about the “cut-and-paste” excuse last year. See: Three Years Since Dover — Merry Kitzmas!
Regarding the ritual condemnations of ID by “scientific” lobbying organizations, he [Behe] pointed out that science isn’t determined by political statements; it’s determined by the evidence.
Our industrial-strength irony-detector exploded again. Why don’t the Discoveroids do some research and present their evidence for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals? It’s not because they lack funding. But instead of doing science, they spend the millions they’re given each year on politics and public relations. See: Discovery Institute: Their 2006 Tax Return.
Following a break for lunch, I presented a lecture drawn from my book Darwin Day in America, outlining the real-world consequences of Darwinian materialism. Despite the fact that Darwin himself was a kind man who personally espoused conventional morality, I explained how his redefinition of morality and his effort to apply natural selection to human society had far-ranging consequences.
Darwin re-defined morality? And tried to apply his theory to human society? In what alternate universe did that happen? Westie’s discussion of that must have been thrilling. And then:
At the end of my talk, I discussed the growing efforts to intimidate and censor anyone who disagrees with Darwin — including the outrageous campaign to vandalize and shut down the website of the group that sponsored the Colorado conference in order to prevent people from registering
Is this a road-map for a successful revival or what? On with the article:
The last session included Stephen Meyer, Douglas Groothuis (of Denver Seminary), Michael Behe, and myself discussing practical ways to challenge Darwinian materialism among the next generation. At the end of that session, the conference speakers received a standing ovation. It was a humbling — and encouraging — end to a wonderful conference.
“Humbling … encouraging … wonderful.” It brings tears to your Curmudgeon’s eyes. And now we come to the end:
As I noted at the event itself, I am thankful for the fine people at Shepherd Project Ministries for sponsoring and organizing this event and inviting speakers from Discovery Institute to participate. .. In this case, the staff and volunteers of Shepherd Project Ministries had to surmount an incredibly vicious campaign of disruption in order to hold their event; I am grateful that they persevered.
Truly, a fairy-tale ending!
On a more sinister note, we suspect that these events are exploited by the Discoveroids as opportunities to build their faith-based network of useful idiots. Don’t be surprised if you see some incredibly stupid bills introduced during the next Colorado legislative session.
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