Missouri has two creationism bills pending in the legislature, and we’ve written about them both. The first one (see Missouri Creationism: New Bill for 2013) is the usual anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act promoted by the Discoveroids — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page.
We’ve already critiqued their model bill here: Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws.
The second bill in Missouri is spectacularly, flamboyantly stupid. That’s House Bill 291, about which we wrote Missouri Creationism: Another Bill for 2013. After that we wrote again about its sponsor — Meet Rick Brattin.
We didn’t think it possible, but the Discoveroids are embarrassed by Brattin’s bill. The task of protesting it — and throwing Brattin under the bus — is undertaken by none other than Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist. Casey’s post is titled Why Discovery Institute Opposes the Missouri “Equal Treatment” Intelligent Design Bill. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The news media are reporting on a bill in the Missouri State Legislature that would require “equal treatment for evolution and intelligent design.” As we’ve mentioned many times before here on ENV [the Discoveroids’ creationist blog], Discovery Institute opposes legislation like this, as it contradicts our longstanding policy to oppose pushing intelligent design in public schools.
The Discoveroids are desperately trying not to appear too extremist — or rather, too straightforwardly honest — about their creationist goals. They know that approach has failed in the past. Like every other clever radical movement, they attempt to conceal their true motives. They’re trying to boil the frog gradually so it won’t suspect anything and jump out of the pot until it’s too late. Casey continues:
So why does Discovery Institute — the main organization supporting research into ID — oppose pushing ID into public schools? It’s simple. Our priority with ID is to see it develop as a scientific theory and not to politicize it by pushing the theory into public schools.
They’re just a bunch of moderate guys, patiently promoting the idea of their magic designer as a scientific theory. They don’t want to politicize it — oh no! — that’s the very last thing they want. That’s why they never promote litigation and legislation — oh, wait. Well, never mind. Let’s read on:
If not intelligent design, what should be taught in public school biology classes? We think these schools should teach the evidence for and against Darwinian evolution, without getting into alternative theories like ID.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! As Shakespeare would say it: Casey doth protest too much, methinks.
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