From time to time it’s good to step back and look at the big picture. How are things going for the Discovery Institute and their “theory” that the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — magically created the universe, life, and you?
The picture is dramatic. Interest in the Discovery Institute’s “theory” peaked during the Kitzmiller trial in 2005, and it’s been steadily — precipitously — trending downward ever since. It’s now 2% of what it was in December of 2005. What happened?
Just before Kitzmiller, it seemed as if the Discoveroids were on an upward trend. You know about their manifesto — the Wedge Document. That’s a link to the Wikipedia article which describes it. You can read the actual document at the NCSE website: The Wedge Document.
The Wedge Document states in its “Five Year Strategic Plan Summary” that the intelligent design movement’s goal is to replace science as currently practiced with “theistic and Christian science.” Also, among the intelligent design movement’s “Governing Goals” are to “defeat scientific materialism and its destructive moral, cultural, and political legacies” and “to replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God.” Listed among their “Twenty Year Goals” is: “To see design theory permeate our religious, cultural, moral and political life.”
Despite their grandiose goals, the Discoveroids have failed. Totally. Their grand crusade has gone absolutely nowhere. You may recall Intelligent Design’s Brief Shining Moment. It was in 1999, when the Discoveroids actually had a center established at Baylor to study and teach their version of creationism. But the faculty rebelled, and the center was dismantled.
Nevertheless, the Discoveroids kept plugging away. They had what seemed like momentum due to their so-called “documentary” Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, starring Ben Stein. But the firm that produced the thing ultimately ended up in bankruptcy — see View the Bankruptcy Court Bids for “Expelled”.
In 2008, the Discoveroids had their first legislative success — see Louisiana Senate Passes House’s Creationism Bill. The Democrat controlled legislature overwhelmingly passed the badly misnamed Louisiana Science Education Act. No other state has been so foolish, except for Tennessee. Year after year they keep trying — there’s no shortage of idiots in state legislatures — but they’ve had no other legislative success.
Nevertheless, the Discoveroids’ generous patrons keep the funds flowing, and the Discoveroids keep blogging, producing podcasts, and writing vanity press books. They won’t stop until the money dries up. Eventually that will happen — but things may drag on for years until then.
Meanwhile, be of good cheer, dear reader. The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but reality ultimately prevails. That’s what natural selection is all about.
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