Saturday, January 14, 2006

Dembski says ID is about the culture war

Bill Dembski previews the prologue of the Johnson festschrift:
Because of Kitzmiller v. Dover, school boards and state legislators may tread more cautiously, but tread on evolution they will — the culture war demands it!
You see, the culture war doesn't really decide what is or isn't science. If this is about science, quit hawking infomercials and self-help seminars, and do science.

If you can't do science, go home and stop wasting everyone's time.

Dispatches from the Culture Wars observes some similar confusion from the Discovery Institute's Casey Luskin. About the El Tejon creationism course, Luskin said a mere 4 days ago:

While of course we think that ID is not religion, a bona fide scientific theory which could be taught in science classrooms, we won't oppose non-science teachers that want to present this material to their students. Virtually any topic could be game for a non-scientific philosophy survey course like this one, where no material is being taught as science. We thought the Darwinists were willing to see non-evolutionary ideas considered in non-science courses. Turns out they were lying.
Well, the problem people had was that the course wasn't about philosophy, it was an attempt at sneaking creationism into the public schools. I guess he didn't realize that.

Except that he turned around and said this today:

From what I can tell, this course was originally formulated as if it would promote young earth or Biblical creationism as scientific fact. Although I understand that the course has since been reformulated to remove the creationist material, a course description was sent out to students around December 1st which described this course as promoting young earth or Biblical creationism as scientific fact. This is very concerning because courts have made it clear - specifically the U.S. Supreme Court in Edwards v. Aguillard - that young earth creationism is unconstitutional to teach as fact in public schools…

There is a legal train coming at you and we can see it coming down the tracks. Unfortunately this course was not formulated properly in the beginning, and students were told it would promote young earth creationism as fact. Thus, the only remedy at this point to avoid creating a dangerous legal precedent is to simply cancel the course.
No duh, Casey. Try to keep up with the rest of the class.