It has become a tradition around here that as each year comes to a close, we discuss what the new year will be like in The Controversy between evolution and creationism. To keep everything in perspective, remember that this is a tiny but prominent part of a greater struggle. Creationism by itself is goofy and insignificant, but it’s the vehicle chosen by the Enlightenment’s enemies — Western Civilization’s counter-revolutionaries (see The Infinite Evil of Creationism).
Some of this is copied from our year-end posts of earlier years, especially Looking Ahead: The Controversy In 2011, because certain things just don’t change. We have to quote ourselves, just a little bit:
Creationism is being used as the front for a coordinated, multi-pronged assault on every worthy human accomplishment. It provides a handy base of exploitable ignorance, which is manipulated to wage a deliberate and relentless campaign against reason itself — and reason is the fountainhead of everything that makes human life worth living.
Creationists often say that logic and morality are possible only with their worldview, but we know that’s ridiculous. In a universe where Oogity Boogity is the explanation for everything, logic has no place. Reason is the only antidote for the creationists’ madness and the tyranny with which they hope to enforce it, and that’s why they hate reason. When Oogity Boogity is the officially authorized answer to all questions, thinking becomes a crime against the state. In their longed-for theocratic paradise, reason is treason.
Sure, we laugh a lot. Creationists are unintentionally funny, and we don’t want to be grim and grumpy all the time. But with all the laughter to be had by watching the ravings of creationists, and the entertainment we enjoy with our sarcasm and ridicule of their insanity, it’s necessary to remind ourselves that although society may seem stable, it’s always on the brink of falling into the darkness, so that’s really what this is all about. And don’t forget for a moment that the oh-so-holy and moralistic creationists would cheer wildly if you were tied to the stake and torched for heresy. That’s the big picture, and that’s why we’re here.
Now then, what can we expect in the coming year? To begin with, unless there’s an unexpected cutoff in the funding of the Discoveroids — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page — they’ll continue to be the lobbying and public relations engine that drives creationist legislation. We explained all that when we began this blog (see: Enemies of the Enlightenment). The Discoveroids have a large, faith-based network of sympathetic supporters in local school boards and state legislatures around the country, including some members of Congress. They also have an undetermined number of other accomplices in various advocacy groups and in the media. Much of their support network consists of “public interest” groups with the word “Family” in their organization’s name. They’re all fellow travelers and useful idiots who eagerly do the Discoveroids’ bidding.
There will be more creationist legislation to track, as idiotic legislators keep trying to force creationism into the public schools. We already know about bills that are being prepared for the legislatures in Indiana, and Montana, and Texas. We can certainly expect more.
If you need to know the dates of this year’s state legislative sessions, you can refer to this: 2013 Legislative Session Calendar.
One area of activity that does change from year to year is litigation. At the moment, the court case we’re watching is David Coppedge’s suit against his former employer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (part of Caltech), and that’s pretty much over — except for the almost inevitable appeal. There’s also the pending appeal in the Freshwater case; and we don’t know what’s happening with the suit filed by John Oller against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, which has generated no news at all — it may have been settled for all we know. As long as these cases keep providing income for the lawyers without generating definitive precedents, we can expect to see more.
One thing we know for sure — there will be no scientific breakthroughs that support creationism. As we’ve said before:
Despite all the noise they make, creationists have had no impact on science, industry, agriculture, medicine, academia, or any other rational endeavor. We often fail to notice what doesn’t exist, but we shouldn’t overlook the fact that creationists have failed to accomplish anything of any substance whatsoever. Nor are any such accomplishments likely in the future.
A breakthrough in creation science is about as likely as a breakthrough that supports astrology. It’s just not going to happen. All the action will be legal and political, because despite the endless propaganda, the so-called controversy has nothing to do with science.
As the new year unfolds, remember that what’s at stake here isn’t the theory of evolution. All the babbling about that is merely the confused ravings of misguided simpletons and crazed charlatans. What’s really going on is a conflict of infinitely greater importance. We’re engaged in a war for the preservation of the Enlightenment, which is the ultimate accomplishment of Western Civilization. Even if you’re not personally involved, you’re going to be affected, so you’ve got to be aware of what’s going on.
And don’t imagine that the political battle-line is Republican vs. Democrat. Both political parties are crazed, although in different ways, and neither is a friend of the Enlightenment. If you doubt that, try to imagine Ben Franklin comfortably fitting into either of today’s parties. But that’s beyond the scope of today’s essay.
As The Controversy continues, it will be played out not in science labs, but in courtrooms and legislative chambers — and of course the media. People come and go, code words are revised, and tactics evolve, but the game never really changes. Neither do we.
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