[2006/10/27] Darwinist Anti-Creation Tactics Increase in Fervor
Darwinist Anti-Creation Tactics Increase in Fervor 10/27/2006 The consistent popular support for intelligent design and old-fashioned Biblical creationism is not making hard-core Darwinists any more interested in negotiating or debating. Quite the contrary; as the following stories show, their opposition borders on mania and tyranny.
Toad in the hole: A blog named Toad in the Hole expresses some of the fervor of certain Darwinists who cannot tolerate the thought of intelligent design in a scientific context. They are on a campaign to pressure libraries to move copies of Darwin’s Nemesis (an anthology by ID leaders about Phillip Johnson) from the life science section to the religion section.
Canadian intolerance: For some Darwinists, it’s not enough to force creation and ID out of the public school science classrooms. The Quebec National Post reported, “The Quebec Ministry of Education has told unlicensed Christian evangelical schools that they must teach Darwin’s theory of evolution and sex education or close their doors....” Read what Evolution News said about this “winter chill” in Quebec.
Dawkins Talkin’: Richard Dawkins, on a book tour with The God Delusion, is making the rounds to combat religion. The science journals are mostly praising the book, if not the intensity of his rhetoric. The famous atheist and scientific rationalist has been also facing some stiff opposition, however; see Resurgence link to a YouTube clip (funny), and listen to this MP3 excerpt of debater David Quinn giving him a run for his money. Terry Eagleton, English professor at U of Manchester (and no fundamentalist) was quite incensed at Dawkins and said so on the London Review of Books. In addition, eminent philosopher Thomas Nagel (NYU School of Law) gave him bad press on National Review recently (see ID the Future). At an appearance at a local bookstore in Washington D.C., a visitor asked Dawkins whether it was consistent for him to believe in determinism and then take credit for writing his book. Access Research Network tells how Dawkins hemmed and hawed, and then conceded he had to live as if determinism is false, and society must treat people as if they are responsible for their actions. He admitted “it is an inconsistency that we sort of have to live with otherwise life would be intolerable.” Evolution News has links to more stories about how “everyone’s talkin’ about Dawkins’ crusade against religion.” There’s more Dawkins Talk on William Dembski’s blog Uncommon Descent (Oct 25-26) and on Post-Darwinist.
This means war: When a British ID-friendly group named Truth in Science decided to give out free copies of the film Unlocking the Mystery of Life to secondary schools throughout the UK, some in the media went ballistic. Evolution News described the “unsupported assertions, editorializing in a manner that even some of the most agenda-driven reporting in the US has yet to do.”
Detective mystery: Who is the “British Centre for Science Education”? David Anderson of Derbyshire decided to investigate. He found some surprising clues about this organization which emerged to condemn the Truth in Science campaign, and reported his findings on his blog BCSE Revealed; it reads like a detective mystery.
Journalist Denyse O’Leary takes all this in stride on her blog Post-Darwinist. She says this proves that the media and the Darwinists themselves are ID’s best friends. Check here soon for additional stories.
The intensity of anti-creationism exceeds all bounds of reason. One cannot imagine these same people being as angry at the Taliban or child molesters as they are against a lot of innocent people who simply feel that whenever Darwinism is taught, students should have the right to know the problems also, and that evidence for design deserves to be discussed. Remember: first they ignore you, then they fight you, then they become hysterical, then they collapse from brain short-circuits, then you win. With reactions on cue as shown, the ID Movement must be doing something right.