Monday, July 31, 2006

The creationist standards are about ID

I know this result isn't terribly surprising to regular readers here, but everyone is pointing to Bill Dembski's research assistant's comments at Billy's blog:
My hope is that ID will be taught properly in Kansas. Having been born and raised there I would love to claim to be from the first state to teach ID.
Other commenters try to gently prod Borofsky away from those claims, trying to get him onto the bandwagon of "it's just about teaching evolution more betterer," but he stood his ground:

It [the standards] really is ID in disguise. The entire purpose behind all of this is to shift it into schools…at least that is the hope/fear among some science teachers in the area. The problem is, if you are not going to be dogmatic in Darwinism that means you inevitably have to point out a fault or at least an alternative to Darwinism. So far, the only plausible theory is ID.

If one is to challenge Darwin, then one must use ID. To challenge Darwin is to challenge natural selection/spontaneous first cause…which is what the Kansas board is attempting to do. When you do that, you have to invoke the idea of ID.

Comment by Joel Borofsky -- July 30, 2006 @ 9:04 pm
That IDC is not, in fact, plausible isn't even a problem at this point. What this does is set Bill Dembski, ID's toothless bulldog, against John Calvert, Kansas science's toothless gadfly. Calvert has spent a lot of money on pamphlets and radio ads about how the new standards aren't creationist and everyone who opposes him is bad. But like so many of his claims, those are lies, and no scientist had to raise a finger to show it, though that hasn't stopped us from trying.

The agenda of the anti-science candidates has been and is to get creationism and their twisted theology into the schools. They set the stage with their standards this year, and if they have two more years they can push those standards further and find ways to punish schools that don't move their direction.

That's what's at stake tomorrow. So vote, get your friends to vote, and offer a ride to anyone who you think might forget to vote. It's about turnout now. Will people come out of their shells and stand up for honesty in science classes, or will they let religious authoritarians cement their hold on our children's minds?