Friday, July 19, 2013
Gonzalez says that he plans to continue his research on astrobiology and stellar astrophysics but will not be discussing intelligent design in the classroom.
The article has a fairly balanced account of Gonzalez' misadventures at Iowa State University. Of course, Gonzalez is still claiming that he was "Expelled," when, in fact, he failed to measure up to his peers.
Be that as it may, what interests me is this bit of chutzpah:
The Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based intelligent design think tank where Gonzalez is a senior fellow, loathes the use of the term "intelligent design creationism." John West, vice president of the institute, told The Star Press, "In ordinary usage, creationism implies ideas like a young earth and Biblical literalism, and intelligent design definitely does not involve that."Riiiight!
He claims the term was invented by critics of intelligent design because they want to confuse people about what intelligent design actually proposes.
"Using 'intelligent design creationism' as a supposedly neutral label is like using 'pro-abortion' as a neutral label of people who label themselves pro-choice," West said.
These are the same people who call the vast majority of scientists "Darwinists" and blame "Darwinism" for every bad thing since 1859, including Nazism, Communism, Stalinism, Pol Pot and everything else they can imagine.
On the other hand, they try to limit "creationism" to young-Earth creationism based on Biblical literalism. Of course, Judge Jones, a conservative Republican, was able to see through that ploy.
And then West lets the latest cat out of the bag when he says that the concepts Gonzalez focuses on in his papers are things like "the Galactic Habitable Zone, fine-tuning, and the number of factors required to make life possible." All are ID "talking points." So, he won't be discussing intelligent design in the classroom but what do you want to bet he will be discussing the "controversy"?
Fasten your seatbelt, Ball State. You're in for a bumpy ride.
Words have power, when you use the same word for people who believe that god created the Universe and then things progressed naturally, and for people who believe that god created everything 10,000 years ago, I think that word loses some of its power.
Creationist is a good buzzword for someone who wants to teach their religion as science in the publics schools. Intelligent Design Creationist is an accurate usage.
Of course, context counts. We've previously discussed whether or not "theistic evolutionists" are "creationists" and, in a broad sense, I think they are. So are Deists.
But, in the context of public school education, few, if any, theistic evolutionists would seek to inject their religious beliefs in science classes and, therefore, are not creationists in that sense. Despite all their dissembling, the IDers want to inject their religious beliefs into public school science classes and they are creationists for those purposes.