Sunday, January 27, 2008
Lie Down With Dogs ...
I noted before that Rob Crowther at the Discovery Institute's Media Complaints Department might not be keeping up with events when he claimed that "there is no proposal to teach intelligent design" in Florida. In fact, a number of the local school board resolutions include demands for "alternatives" to be taught along with evolutionary theory, presumably including the Intelligent Design Creationism mentioned by many of the supporters of ignorance in education.
Who says you can't teach a dishonest dog new tricks? Turning his attention to the upcoming confrontation in Texas over its science standards, Crowther has modified his schtick to: "No serious participants in this debate are proposing that ID be mandated in Texas schools."
In other words, please ignore the unwashed hoi polloi who can't understand the need for a "nudge, nudge, wink, wink, know what I mean" when trying to sneak sectarian religion into taxpayer supported schools. Despite the misdirection, the real message remains clear:
[S]tudents would be best served to learn more about evolution, including the scientific evidence that challenges the theory. That's a far cry from teaching intelligent design.Except there is nothing to ID, besides some analogies discredited for 200 years or more, outside the thoroughly debunked "evidence" borrowed wholesale from "creation science" by the "cdesign proponentsists" of ID. Teaching the lame leftovers of creation science as if they constitute scientific evidence against evolution is teaching ID.
To quote a great philosopher: "Stupid is as stupid does."
Mike Dunford at The Questionable Authority is even less impressed with Crowther than I am.
That's a good one. It reminded me of the other famous philosopher:
"You think you've got me, but I have you surrounded by the entire mounted 17th Bengal Lancers."
"I don't believe you."
"Would you believe the First Bengal Lancers?"
"How about Gunga Din on a donkey?"