The Discovery Institute is shifting into high gear for the struggle to preserve their creationist gains in Texas. As we reported in Texas Turmoil About Science Standards, Texas is trying to revise their public school science standards for biology, which were last revised in 2009 to include a requirement (backed by the Discoveroids) for students to analyze “all sides of scientific evidence” for evolution.
The effort to keep creationism in the science standards is, so far, being spearheaded by Jonathan Witt, a Discoveroid “senior fellow.” Witt has an article today in the Discoveroids’ creationist blog: Michael Behe and Revolutionary: The Truth Will Out, Today! That sounds exciting! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Biologist Michael Behe is the star of the new documentary [link omitted] which goes on sale today. The film tells the hitherto largely untold story of how Behe wandered (and wondered) his way into intelligent design, how his work ignited a furor in the scientific community, was subsequently vindicated, and where the ID revolution is headed today.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, he’s been “vindicated.” Everybody knows about Michael Behe. Not only is he a Discovery Institute “Senior Fellow,” he was the Discoveroids’ star witness in the Kitzmiller case — see Kitzmiller v. Dover: Michael Behe’s Testimony. Behe’s colleagues at Lehigh University are so impressed by his brilliance that they publicly disassociated themselves from him by issuing this statement: Department Position on Evolution and “Intelligent Design”.
The Discoveroids are going all-out in Texas. They’ve deployed Behe! Witt tells us:
Dr. Behe spoke to packed auditoriums twice in the Dallas-Forth Worth area last week, following sneak peek screenings. I was able to attend the second of the two screenings. Behe got a standing ovation, and the questions after the screening were mostly friendly — though not all of the questions were softballs.
Wowie — the auditoriums were packed, and Behe got a standing ovation. We’ll skip Witt’s thrilling account of the question-and-answer session. Then he describes Behe’s new video, which seems to be all about the flagellum, which Behe insists is too complex to have evolved. That means it must be the work of the intelligent designer — blessed be he! Somehow, none of that is mentioned in Wikipedia’s article on Evolution of flagella.
Witt’s entire post is about the flagellum. It’s boring, and Behe’s claims are debunked in the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims — see Bacterial flagella are irreducibly complex. We’ll jump to the end, where Witt tells us of “Behe’s final words of encouragement to the audience,” which were:
Those Darwinists bent on suppressing the truth often succeed, but they can only succeed for so long. In the end, the truth will out.
And so it goes in Texas. We’ll continue to look in on that situation from time to time.
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