Darwin’s Dilemma, as you probably know, is yet another creationist-oriented “documentary” being promoted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids).
This is of interest to us not only because of the film’s creationist message, but also because the Discoveroids are trying to use its rejection by one theater as part of a strange new legal strategy. See: The Goal of the “Darwin’s Dilemma” Lawsuit.
Therefore we were attracted to this news item at the Discoveroids’ blog: Darwin’s Dilemma Heads to LA This Weekend With ID Scientists, Experts.
Do we care? Actually, the news here is not merely the fact that the film is heading to Los Angeles, but where, exactly it’s going in that city. The Discoveroid article is very brief. We’ll give you just a few excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The last time Darwin’s Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record was scheduled for a screening in the Los Angeles area, it sparked a couple (still ongoing) lawsuits. This time, the film is showing at Biola University, with scientific experts from the film speaking on a panel afterwards, including Paul Nelson, Richard Sternberg, Douglas Axe, and Stephen Meyer.
Ah, Biola! The film is coming home, as it were. We’ve previously posted about all the interlocking relationships between the Discoveroids and Biola University, founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles.
As many of you know, two of the “scientific experts” who will be speaking on the panel at Biola — Stephen Meyer and Richard von Sternberg — were central figures in the infamous peer review controversy.
But why is any of this worth mentioning? It’s because the Discoveroids, as part of their campaign to promote creationism, constantly maintain that their version of creationism — the “scientific theory” of Intelligent Design (ID) — isn’t creationism at all. Oh no, they insist, it’s science. They don’t ask who the Designer is, and if anyone were impolite enough to enough to ask, he would quickly learn that they don’t tell.
See this page at the Discoveroids’ website: What is intelligent design?, where they say:
Is intelligent design the same as creationism? No. The theory of intelligent design is simply an effort to empirically detect whether the “apparent design” in nature acknowledged by virtually all biologists is genuine design (the product of an intelligent cause) or is simply the product of an undirected process such as natural selection acting on random variations. Creationism typically starts with a religious text and tries to see how the findings of science can be reconciled to it. Intelligent design starts with the empirical evidence of nature and seeks to ascertain what inferences can be drawn from that evidence.
Despite such claims, when ID “science” experts testified under oath and were cross-examined, the results were genuinely farcical. See: Kitzmiller v. Dover: Is ID Science?
Aside from a few — very few — scientists who promote ID and who retain tenured positions at scientifically respected universities, the typical ID advocate finds employment at various bible colleges. See: Louisiana Legislature Used Creation Science Witnesses, and also William Dembski: Godfather of Trolls, and also Discovery Institute: Stealth Operative Francis Beckwith, and also Guillermo Gonzalez.
So the big news is that Darwin’s Dilemma is coming to Biola, a bible college with exceptionally strong ties to the Discoveroids. Where else should it go if not there? But please, don’t misunderstand. It’s fine with us if churches and bible colleges preach creationism. That’s what they like, and it’s their business, not ours. But surely, dear reader, you can see how increasingly laughable it is for the promoters of ID to maintain that their dogma is science. It’s not, and everyone knows it.
Hey, let’s see one more excerpt from the Discoveroid blog article:
According to the Biola website, the event runs from 9 am – 12 pm this Saturday at Mayers Auditorium, Biola University, and will cost $25. Click here to register.
That’s just a few days from now, and it only costs $25. How can you pass up an opportunity like this? Click over to the Discoveroid website where that registration link can be found. This will be an event to remember.
We won’t be able to attend, but we’d like to send this message to them: The Curmudgeon sincerely hopes that all you Discoveroids have a grand, old-fashioned, down-home creationist revival meeting at Biola. But please, guys, everyone knows you’re creationists, so stop pretending that you’re doing any science. It’s time to accept the fact that “Don’t ask, don’t tell” isn’t working for you.
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