By now you know all about 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).
They exist to promote their wedge strategy, which specifically says:
Design theory promises to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist worldview, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.
It also says:
Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture seeks nothing less than the overthrow of materialism and its cultural legacies. … [T]he Center explores how new developments in biology, physics and cognitive science raise serious doubts about scientific materialism and have re-opened the case for a broadly theistic understanding of nature.
That’s the not-so-hidden purpose behind everything the Discoveroids do, especially the promotion of their Academic Freedom Act, which is the model for creationism-friendly laws in Louisiana and now Tennessee. Yet they maintain that they’re not creationists. No one believes them, but that’s their story and they’re sticking to it.
The latest post at the Discoveroids’ blog is Reuters (Probably) Going to Falsely Link Academic Freedom Bill to “Intelligent Design” and “Creationism”. It’s by Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist. Casey says, with bold font added by us:
I just got off the phone with a Reuters reporter who wanted to discuss the recently passed Academic Freedom Law in Tennessee. She asked many normal, standard questions reporters ask about the bill but then got curiously interested in asking about intelligent design (ID). I explained to her that the Tennessee law only protects topics that are already part of the curriculum, and since intelligent design is not part of the curriculum in Tennessee (or anywhere else in the country), it doesn’t come into the classroom under this law.
Casey goes on and on about his version of the conversation, telling at length how he kept trying to convince the reporter that the Tennessee bill — which all the world knows was drafted by the Discoveroids — somehow isn’t about getting intelligent design into the classroom. He also kept maintaining that intelligent design isn’t creationism. As you read his description of the conversation, you get the strong impression that the reporter wasn’t convinced.
Near the end, Casey says:
It seemed that Reuters already had their article written before we spoke, and they weren’t going to let the facts get in the way of their story. Reuters just wanted to find some way to plug in a quote and falsely link the Tennessee law to intelligent design and creationism.
It seems to us that Reuters had already done their homework before talking to Casey. Perhaps they know about Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, which exposed the creationist roots of intelligent design to all the world.
Here’s how Casey ends his article:
We’ll see if Reuters decides to tell the truth about the issue, or if they’re just fishing for an irrelevant point to link the bill to “intelligent design” and “creationism” in order to promote their own partisan pro-Darwin-only agenda.
Alas, poor Casey. The Darwinists are everywhere. It appears that he won’t be able to spin Reuters to spew the Discoveroids’ line of propaganda.
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