This is exciting, dear reader. At the blog of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists), we find this thrilling notice: Darwin v. Design Conference Coming to Oklahoma to Address Debate Over Science and God.
Debate over science and God? How very odd. The Discoveroids always insist that they’re involved in a campaign to promote their — ahem! — scientific theory of intelligent design. But then, we must remember that the last time we wrote about a Discoveroid revival was Discovery Institute Plans Another Revival at Biola. As you know, Biola University is a California bible college founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles. The Discoveroids have a lot of their “science” revivals at venues like that.
This Discoveroid announcement is special because it’s written by John West. Most of you know who he is (we affectionately call him “Westie”). It’s in his honor that we have adorned this post with our jolly Buffoon logo, because he’s a winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award. Westie is Associate Director of the Discoveroids’ creationist “think tank,” which consumes almost half of the Discovery Institute’s’ $4 million budget (see Their 2007 Tax Return). That makes him one of the chief Keepers of their wedge strategy.
With that introduction, let’s see some excerpts from Westie’s announcement. The bold font was added by us:
During the past decade, an increasing number of so-called “new atheists” have argued that human beings and the rest of nature are the products of chance and necessity rather than intelligent design.
Why does Westie start this announcement by talking about atheists? What does that have to do with the Discoveroids’ “scientific” theory? Just for fun, let’s see how many times he refers to atheists or atheism in this announcement. In addition to what we just quoted, here’s what we found:
These “new atheists” typically base their ideas on Darwinian evolution … . The message of the new atheists has spread far and wide. Just two years ago, thousands of students flocked to a lecture by leading new atheist Richard Dawkins at the University of Oklahoma. Dawkins famously contends that “Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.”. … The good news is that the new atheists are wrong. …
That’s six times. Very scientific. Okay, let’s get into the meat of Westie’s announcement:
Far from establishing a blind and purposeless universe, the findings of science increasingly provide powerful evidence that we live in a purpose-driven universe of incredible beauty and design.
They have evidence — powerful evidence — of a purpose-driven universe? Wow! Let’s read on:
On March 25-26 Oklahomans will have the chance to explore this evidence for themselves as four national experts come to Oklahoma to address the growing intersection between science and faith.
Four “national experts” are coming to Oklahoma! We told you this was exciting. Who are these national experts? That’s disclosed in the final paragraph of Westie’s announcement. The names are in bold in the original:
Dr. Michael Behe, renowned biochemist and author of the books Darwin’s Black Box and The Edge of Evolution, will speak about the incredible design in the nanotechnology of the cell. Dr. Jay Richards, co-author of The Privileged Planet, will talk about how earth itself was intelligently designed for life and for scientific discovery. Dr. John West, author of Darwin Day in America and co-editor of The C.S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia, will document the widespread impact of Darwin’s theory on society and faith. And lawyer Casey Luskin, co-author of Traipsing into Evolution: Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller v. Dover Decision will outline positive steps you can take to stand for truth for you and your family.
Behe, Richards, Westie himself, and Casey — those are the four national experts. Hey, you don’t want to miss this. You have a month to make your plans, so get busy.
Oh, wait — there’s no link where you can register. Also, it’s difficult to figure out where this great event will be, but if you search very hard you’ll see it in a graphic. It’s at the Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. Here’s their website. Now you know all, so mark those days in your calendar!
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