IN the Salem-News, an online newspaper serving Salem, Oregon, the state capitol, we read Isolation and Defamation: The Cost of Thinking Differently.
The article is written by Kourosh Ziabari, described as an Iranian media correspondent. It’s an amazingly sympathetic interview with Michael Behe, who holds the coveted title of “senior fellow” among the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids).
You probably know who Behe is. If not, see Kitzmiller v. Dover: Michael Behe’s Testimony. Here are some excerpts from the Iranian’s interview of Behe, with bold added by us. It starts with a long introduction:
Michael Behe is an American scientist and biochemist. Being an intelligent design advocate, he serves as a professor of biochemistry at the University of Lehigh [sic] in Pennsylvania. He is also a senior fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.
Like that “University of Lehigh”? No doubt it’ll produce a grimace or two at Lehigh University. Actually, the mere mention of Behe’s name is enough to do that at the Lehigh biology department. Behe’s colleagues have issued a statement about him, which concludes:
While we respect Prof. Behe’s right to express his views, they are his alone and are in no way endorsed by the department. It is our collective position that intelligent design has no basis in science, has not been tested experimentally, and should not be regarded as scientific.
Sorry about the digression. So far you’ve seen only the start of the interview’s introduction. It gets better:
Behe has controversially challenged the evolution theory of Charles Darwin which underpins the ideology of western though [sic] with regards to the material life and universe.
Ah yes, Darwin’s theory of the universe. The Iranian’s introduction continues:
The theory of Behe undermines the basis of atheism and secularism as it advocates the role of an intelligent, conscious designer in the creation of human being [sic]. That’s why Michael Behe has been attacked and insulted by a number of his opponents and the materialist scientists who deny the existence of God.
Clearly we have an informed and unbiased interviewer here. Check out the rest of the introduction:
Michael Behe has been accused of disseminating deceitful falsehood and what is describe [sic] as pseudo-science in the scientific circles around the world. Behe’s theory has been labeled as argument from ignorance and the University of Lehigh [sic] has clearly distanced itself from his viewpoints regarding the evolution – creation debate.
Here is the complete text of interview with Michael Behe in which he describes why the western society is afraid of the propagation of “intelligent design” theory.
Yes, we’re afraid. That’s the reason Behe’s theory has problems.
Now, dear reader, instead of giving you a few questions and answers from the interview, we’ll leave it to you to click over to the Salem-News so you can enjoy the thing in it’s entirety. You already know about Behe’s creationism, but you really need to savor the interviewer’s questions too. This is truly an amazing performance. We’ll give you just one little sample:
Question: The 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial in which you testified as an expert witness has been one of the most disputed indictments where the teaching of intelligent design and creationism were publicly labeled unconstitutional. Do you believe that Judge Jones’ final verdict was impartially objective and unbiased? What happens to a free society which collectively ousts the members of a school board of directors in lieu of proposing an alternative suggestion to its students?
Like it? Here’s Behe’s answer:
No, I don’t think Judge Jones verdict was objective and unbiased. Actually, I don’t think the judge understood any of the academic arguments that were presented in his court room, whether science, philosophy or theology, or whether presented by the plaintiffs or defendants. If you examine the court records, you see that when the judge’s ruling discusses the nature of science, the judge’s opinion was essentially copied from a document given to him by the plaintiffs lawyers. There is no evidence he himself understood what he was copying. But when the leading scientific societies strongly are arrayed on one side against a local community school board on the other side, the judge went with those who have cultural power in our society.
That’s enough. Oh, we discussed that “essentially copied” allegation here: Three Years Since Dover — Merry Kitzmas! If you want more, dear reader, you’ll have to go to the Salem-News. There are limits to what your Curmudgeon can tolerate, and that interview is far beyond those limits.
But we’re happy for Behe. Now, in addition to Casey, he has found another fan. That’s two! His legend is growing.
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