Things haven’t been going very well this year for 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).
If their tax returns for 2008 & 2009 are any indication, they burn through about $2 million per year on their creationist activities. As the whole educated world knows, they have no scientific discoveries to which they can point which even remotely cast any doubt on the validity of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Even Casey’s strange war against junk DNA is going nowhere.
It’s fair to ask what these cutting-edge thinkers have accomplished — if anything — after spending $2 million per year on their activities for a decade. As we review our writing about them for this year, we note that aside from their usual flood of foolish anti-science posts, all they have to show for their efforts is their new love affair with Alfred Wallace, and their continuing efforts to blame Darwin for Hitler.
They’ve been busy promoting litigation on behalf of creationists who suffered workplace “discrimination” — like David Coppedge. They haven’t taken any of those cases to trial, but a few have been settled, allowing them to claim some kind of victory. For example there was the case filed by Martin Gaskell against the University of Kentucky. And another settlement was achieved against the California Science Center. The way we see it, such settlements are nothing more than a “victory” for harassment and nuisance lawsuits; we regard such cases as the creationist equivalent of ambulance chasing.
All of this year’s crop of “academic freedom” bills failed to pass (in Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Texas), leaving the Discoveroids with only their 2008 victory in Louisiana to brag about.
They’ve produced and heavily promoted a “documentary” about butterflies that is somehow supposed to disprove the theory of evolution, but of course it doesn’t, and it’s attracted no attention at all outside of the Discoveroids’ blog.
So what has all this furious and useless activity accomplished? The Discoveroids are in the same position as the year before, and the year before that — which is nowhere. They’re not even getting the same attention from the press that they used to enjoy, because even journalists have begun to figure out that they’re just another creationist website — albeit a well-funded one.
They probably have one more propaganda barrage remaining for this year — their customary year-end blasts about the decision on 20 December 2005 by Judge John E. Jones III in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. While they’re doing that, we’ll be celebrating Kitzmas.
Will next year be any different? We doubt it. But it’s always fun to watch the Discoveroids waste their time — and their patrons’ money.
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