You probably recall the Discovery Institute’s failed effort (under Casey’s leadership) to establish a nationwide, campus-based anti-science movement they called IDEA Clubs (IDEA = Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness). Wikipedia still has an article on them, which ends by saying:
As of 2015, the press/media contact lists a San Diego State University email address as its sole contact. The email address denotes assignation to an employee of SDSU, a publicly funded university, which does not have a chapter at its school.
After that catastrophe, we assumed the Discoveroids had learned their lesson. But one of our clandestine operatives, code-named “Gumbo Girl,” brought to our attention the amazing news that the Discoveroids are trying to start another string of creationist clubs — this time called the Science & Culture Network. A more accurate name might be “Anti-Science & Bronze Age Culture Network,” but it’s their network, so they get to name it.
There’s a website for the Discoveroids’ latest grandiose scheme: Science & Culture Network, which says:
Science & Culture Network Chapters are local/regional affiliated groups dedicated to supporting the mission of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (CSC) to advance the understanding that life and the universe are the result of intelligent design. If you are interested in the requirements for organizing an official chapter, please contact Janine Dixon the CSC’s Educational Outreach Coordinator [email address].
How many chapters does their “network” have? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! They say that Houston is the only one. But it looks like a good one. Our clandestine operative pointed us to this Discoveroid fund-raising website, which says:
The Houston chapter of the Science & Culture Network (SCN-Houston) has committed to help raise funds for the general needs of the Center for Science and Culture (CSC) at Discovery Institute.
It’s always nice when the kids send home money to support the old folks in their decrepitude. Hey, who is Janine Dixon, their Educational Outreach Coordinator? We’ve never run into her name before. The only time she wrote anything for the Discoveroids’ creationist blog was this recent post: Houston Chapter of the Science & Culture Network Launches BIG with a Screening of Living Waters. It’s about another of their creationist revival meetings.
Janine’s name pops up about a dozen times in a search of the Discoveroids’ blog, but after looking at a few of the hits we got, they’re just references to her as someone to contact. A generation ago, she probably would have been described as a switchboard operator. Oh, wait — she did write something else — back in 2013: Twenty Intelligent Design Resources: A Christmas Shopping List. Somehow that escaped our attention.
Wait — there’s a biographical blurb at the Discoveroids’ website: Janine Dixon, Staff, which informs us:
She has a BA in political science and an emphasis in business, and she has been working in development and outreach at Discovery Institute since 2006. Before coming to Discovery Institute, she worked with the National Association of Evangelicals in Washington, DC.
Hey — that’s great training for a job with the Discoveroids. Well, dear reader, if you want to start your very own chapter so you can be part of the Discoveroids’ great intellectual enterprise — and raise money for them! — you know who to contact. Janine is waiting to hear from you.
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