The Discovery Institute continues to insist that they’re a science outfit, and not one that promotes creationism. We’ve written about such claims numerous times, and now they’re doing it again. This one is Revealed! The SECRET PLOT to Teach About Evolution in an Objective, Responsible, Engaging Manner!
The title alone is amazing. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. But we’re not using our “Slasher” graphic because what he’s doing in this one is mostly slinging the ol’ propaganda Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Actually, Discovery Institute’s aim to see evolution treated as a normal scientific idea, subject to question and criticism, is neither secret nor a plot.
“Criticism”? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Discoveroids’ offered criticism is a faith-based belief that their imaginary designer exists. There’s absolutely no verifiable evidence for that, or for his role in any phenomenon the Discoveroids attribute to him. Also, the nature of intelligent design has already been decided — see Kitzmiller v. Dover: Is ID Science?
So far we’ve only dealt with Klinghoffer’s first sentence. The rest of it isn’t any better. He says:
But vocal members of the Darwin community habitually cast our efforts in paranoid terms, so it’s good to be able to report that we’ve now published an updated Educator’s Briefing Packet on teaching evolution and intelligent design.
Wowie — this is big news! We can put that on the bookshelf next to our treasured volume on “Teaching Flat Earth.” Let’s read on:
The packet spells out in detail, in 32 pages with 89 endnotes, exactly how we think, as a scientific, legal, and a pedagogical matter, evolution is best approached in public school science classrooms. … From “A Letter of Introduction,” here is our education policy on ID:
Are you eager to learn the Discoveroids’ education policy? Okay, Klinghoffer quotes from their pamphlet:
[I]t’s vital to understand that just because intelligent design is a growing scientific theory backed by much evidence, that does not mean it’s smart or appropriate to push it into public schools. For the record, we do not propose that intelligent design be mandated in public schools, which is why we strongly opposed the school district policy at issue in the Kitzmiller v. Dover case.
The Discoveroids “strongly opposed” the school board’s policy in Dover? How very odd then that their participation — including contacts between the school board and Discoveroid lawyers, providing videos, making a legal presentation to the school board, providing Michael Behe’s trial testimony, and filing amicus curiae briefs, was discussed in that opinion — see Kitzmiller v. Dover: The Role of The Discovery Institute. Klinghoffer continues quoting the Discoveroid pamphlet:
However, if you voluntarily choose to raise the issue of intelligent design in your classroom, it is vitally important that any information you present accurately conveys the views of the scientists and scholars who support intelligent design, rather than a caricature of their views. Otherwise you will be engaging in indoctrination, not education.
In other words, if the topic of ID comes up, then you should give the kiddies a full ark-load of Discoveroid literature. That’s great advice! Then he gives us another quote from their wonderful pamphlet, this one is from the “FAQ on Intelligent Design, Evolution, and Education”:
Is Intelligent Design the Same a Creationism?
No. … The charge that ID is “creationism” is a rhetorical strategy on the part of Darwinists who wish to delegitimize ID without actually addressing the merits of its case.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s another:
Has ID Been Banned from Public Schools?
No. Science teachers have the right to teach science. Since ID is a legitimate scientific theory, it should be constitutional to discuss in science classrooms and it should not be banned from schools. If a science teacher wants to voluntarily discuss ID, she should have the academic freedom to do so.
Klinghoffer goes on and on, and he takes a few swipes at Discoveroid critics like Zack Koplin and the National Center for Science Education, who are always “regaling gullible reporters with tales of the Wedge Document Illuminati and the Protocols of the Elders of Intelligent Design,” but we can’t take much more. Here’s one last excerpt from the end:
I would love to hear a genuine argument against teaching evolution objectively, rather than just a series of evasions that mutate depending on which Darwin activist you’re listening to. I really would love that. Won’t some honest evolutionist oblige me?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Klinghoffer is looking for an “honest evolutionist.” Perhaps he could identify one for us. Surely he must know of at least one. Maybe not. We suggest that Klinghoffer should read the Kitzmiller opinion. That might explain things for him.
Hey — if you want your very own copy of the Discoveroids’ new pamphlet, you can have one for free. There are links in Klinghoffer’s post.
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