A couple of years ago we wrote an off-topic post titled Your Biggest and Last Regrets, where we speculated:
[W]hat about the Discoveroids, who are forever concealing their old-time creationism in order to maintain the facade of being scientific? Will they regret the course they have taken? Do they regret it even now? Unless one of them turns whistle-blower and spills the beans in a tell-all book — titled My Life as a Fraud Among Fools, we’ll never know.
We never thought anything like that would happen — and it hasn’t, at least not yet — but the next-best thing has happened. There’s a whistleblower among the Discoveroids. Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) have just posted this at their website: “Creationism Whistleblower”, about a Discovery Institute insider who is spilling the beans. They say:
Writing in The Daily Beast (December 28, 2015), Zack Kopplin reviews the last decade of antievolution strategies — with the assistance of a former employee of the Discovery Institute, the de facto institutional home of “intelligent design” creationism.
A Discoveroid insider is helping Zack Kopplin? You know who Zack is. According to Wikipedia:
Zachary “Zack” Sawyer Kopplin (born July 20, 1993) is an American political activist, journalist, and television personality from Louisiana. Kopplin has campaigned to keep creationism out of public school science classrooms and been involved with other separation of church and state causes. He has opposed school vouchers because they provide public money to schools which may teach creationism. As a high school student, he organized seventy-eight Nobel laureate scientists in a campaign against the Louisiana Science Education Act, a creationism law.
NCSE’s post gives us a few excerpts from The Daily Beast, and that’s about it. Were it not for them, we wouldn’t know about this, because we’ve never visited The Daily Beast before. Now we will. This is their article: Creationism Whistleblower: ‘Academic Freedom’ Is Sneak Attack on Evolution. It’s a big article that you’ll want to read for yourself, but briefly they say, with our bold font:
Led by the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, creationists now promote “academic freedom” laws that allow teachers to supplement biology textbooks with materials that attack evolution. The first academic freedom legislation was sponsored in Alabama in 2004 and became a template for legislation distributed by Discovery Institute across the states.
Despite the scientific-sounding name, a former Discovery Institute employee says it’s anything but.
“DI is religiously motivated in all they do,” the person said, requesting anonymity. “One way to tell that the motivation is religion, and not science, is to compare DI work product to tech papers produced by working scientists in the field of biology or subfield of evolutionary biology. The two kinds of work product look very different, read very different, and were produced by very different means.”
One more excerpt should be sufficient:
“Critical thinking, critical analysis, teach the controversy, academic freedom — these are words that stand for legitimate pedagogical approaches and doctrines in the fields of public education and public education policy,” said the former Discovery Institute employee. “That is why DI co-opts them. DI hollows these words out and fills them with their own purposes; it then passes them off to the public and to government as secular, pedagogically appropriate, and religiously neutral.”
We’ve always known that, of course, but now it’s coming from an inside source. This is great news. All that remains is to learn the identity of the informer. In due course, it will be known. Whoever it is, we congratulate him (or her) for coming to his senses and having the courage to tell the truth.
And now we await the coming firestorm from the Discoveroids. This should be fun!
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