The Darwin Empire Strikes Back
It would seem the ID republic is imprisoned on its own ice-world of Hoth, scrambling to escape as the empire has mobilized its machinery against the rebels. The AAAS, for instance, held its “Evolution on the Front Line” event in St. Louis and has posted its weaponry on its Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology website, along with portraits of its commanding generals: Eugenie Scott, Ken Miller and the rest. Another example can be found on the new Defend Science website with its “urgent call by scientists” to crush the rebels. It singles out red leader George W. Bush as a prime suspect for tie fighter targeting computers:
And that is not all: Here we are in the 21st century, and the head of the government himself, George W. Bush, refuses to acknowledge that evolution is a scientific fact! THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
The President claims: “On the issue of evolution, the verdict is still out on how God created the earth,” and then sits smugly by while Creationists carry out an assault against evolution in classrooms, museums, libraries, government bookstores, and even IMAX movies and science theaters.
No, Mr. President, the verdict is NOT out on evolution. EVOLUTION IS A FACT — IT IS ONE OF THE MOST WELL-ESTABLISHED AND WELL-DOCUMENTED FACTS IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE. TO DENY AND ATTACK EVOLUTION IS TO DENY AND ATTACK ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL FACTS ABOUT ALL OF NATURE AND REALITY AND ONE OF THE MOST CRUCIAL FOUNDATION STONES OF ALL OF MODERN SCIENCE. (Bold added; caps in original.)
That should be enough to mobilize the troops. This sample rhetoric displays that to certain evolutionists the situation is past negotiation or compromise. The emperor will accept nothing but unconditional surrender.
William Dembski, one of the most prominent intelligent-design philosophers and advocates, is remarkably calm in the face of these ultimatums. In an article on Leadership U in 2004, he predicted the backlash and saw it as a sign of progress. It means we’re at step 2 of the Schopenhauer path: “All truth passes through three stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
Conflating Darwinism with all of scientific progress – the old association propaganda tactic. Don’t follow the hordes of storm trooper lemmings after that one. Shouting the big lie “evolution is a fact” in all caps is likely to backfire. Too obvious. In fact, that whole quote wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week, or maybe of the month. If you can tell a politician is lying when his lips are moving, you can tell a Darwinist is lying when he has to use all caps.
Unless Darwin’s critics tire of the battle and let the empire sweep the field without a contest, these are bad days for Darwin Vader. It’s the beginning of the breakup of a long Hothian winter (like a Narnian one). Dembski explains why we should not take their threats so seriously or become demoralized: “We have this going for us, however, which the evolutionary naturalists don’t, namely, the evidence and arguments are on our side.”
Read Dembski’s whole article and take heart – and keep the heat on.