Here it comes — our year-end rant that will upset almost everyone. This has become a tradition around here — as each year comes to a close, we discuss what the new year will be like in The Controversy between evolution and creationism. Some of this is copied from our year-end posts of earlier years, because certain things never change.
To keep everything in perspective, remember that The Controversy 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).
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, which is why they hate reason. When Oogity Boogity is the officially authorized answer to all questions, thinking becomes a crime against the state. In the creationists’ longed-for theocratic paradise, reason is treason.
Creationists are unintentionally funny, but with all the entertainment we enjoy with our sarcasm and ridicule of their insanity, it’s necessary to remind ourselves that this is no joke. Although society may seem stable, it’s always on the brink of falling into the darkness, and that’s really what this is all about.
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. 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.
Now then, what can we expect in the coming year? 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. You may be sure that such bills are already being prepared for the legislatures in various states — most recently in the guise of “academic freedom” laws. If you need to know the dates of this year’s state legislative sessions, you can refer to this: 2014 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 the federal civil-rights lawsuit John Oller filed against the the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Our last update was John Oller Litigation Update — 18 Nov 2013. You can see the court’s docket here: Oller v. Roussel et al, but most of the pleadings can’t be read without a subscription. The last we heard, the trial was delayed until 19 May 2014.
There’s also that wild case in Kansas to bar the implementation of the evolution-friendly Next Generation Science Standards (the “NGSS”). That suit was filed in the US District Court’s Topeka office. Our last post about it was Kansas Creationism Case: The State Strikes Back. NCSE is tracking it here: COPE v. Kansas State BOE.
There are potential cases we’re watching for. The expected prosecution of Northern Ireland creationist David McConaghie, who has been accused of bathroom voyeurism, is still stalled (so to speak) while the matter is being probed — see Creationist Voyeurism: McConaghie Update. And the Ball State Imbroglio is still smoldering, but we regard it as potentially explosive. Our last post on that one was Jo Ann Gora Will Resign.
One thing we know for sure — there will be no scientific breakthroughs that support creationism. A breakthrough in creation science is about as likely as one that supports astrology. It’s just not going to happen. 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. All the action they generate will be legal and political, because despite the endless propaganda, The Controversy has nothing to do with science — well, nothing except destroying it.
And don’t imagine that the political battle-line is Republican vs. Democrat. It may superficially seem so, because the GOP has more creationists than do the Dems. Both political parties are crazed, although in different ways, and neither is a friend of the Enlightenment.
Something strange and horrible happened to the US in the 1960s. Before then, both political parties had essentially the same foreign policy, and we had not only prevailed through two World Wars, but we had become the undisputed leader of the Free World in the struggle against the Soviets. Additionally, both parties supported science, undoubtedly due to the success of the Manhattan Project and then the Space Race.
But then, just when the future seemed unlimited, something happened. It was as if the gods decided to flip a switch and change everything. The Dems lurched wildly to the left, launched the Great Society, the environmental movement, and a variety of other social experiments — all of which expanded the size of government at the expense of the private economy. At the same time they’ve withdrawn from defending freedom around the world. While that was happening, the GOP was captured by the social conservatives and by the surprising emergence of creation science among religious primitives, who became politically mobilized to legislate their own bizarre agenda.
The result is that your Curmudgeon finds both parties repulsive. Neither Jack Kennedy nor Barry Goldwater would recognize today’s political landscape, and certainly the Founders would be aghast at what we’ve become. But let’s not dwell on that. It’s too depressing, and there’s nothing we can do about it.
So we’ll stay focused on The Controversy. As it 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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