Thursday, February 26, 2009


Aping Science

Oh, by the way, speaking of the religious nature of Intelligent Design Creationism, Troy Britain, at Playing Chess with Pigeons* has noticed the link I missed between Uncommon Descent, William Dembski's sycophant-fest ... er ... blog and the young-Earth creationist blog, Science and Values, that James McGrath (himself a Christian and a biblical scholar) accuses of "tactics used by deceitful individuals determined not only to attack science without warrant, but to give Christianity a bad name in the process." The particular link is Andrew Sibley, an avowed "creation scientist" who has posting rights at UD and is also a listed author at SaV.

At both venues Sibley raised the New York Post cartoon of a 'gunned-down chimp' that has been taken as a racist depiction of President Obama. Troy notes, however, that Sibley, in the "best" traditions of "cdesign proponentsists," decries racism at SaV based on the Genesis account of descent from Noah and family after the Flood but, at UD, he strips the biblical references and sticks to the old (and false) claim that that evolution is inherently racist.

As Troy notes:

To forestall the inevitable indignant objections, yes I know that many, if not most, of the leaders of the ID creationism movement are not young earth creationists, but many are (hi Paul**) as is much of their constituency. It matters little; whether they are young earth creationists or some variation of old earth creationist, they are religiously motivated antievolutionists, i.e. creationists.


* "Debating creationists on the topic of evolution is rather like trying to play chess with a pigeon — it knocks the pieces over, craps on the board, and flies back to its flock to claim victory."

** Paul Nelson, a Fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture and a young-Earth creationist.

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