December 20, 2005

Plan to Subvert Science: EXPOSED!

More details on that ID court decision is in the PDF of the opinion itself.

Moreover, in turning to Defendants’ lead expert, Professor Behe, his testimony at trial indicated that ID is only a scientific, as opposed to a religious, project for him; however, considerable evidence was introduced to refute this claim. Consider, to illustrate, that Professor Behe remarkably and unmistakably claims that the plausibility of the argument for ID depends upon the extent to which one believes in the existence of God. (P-718 at 705) (emphasis added). As no evidence in the record indicates that any other scientific proposition’s validity rests on belief in God, nor is the Court aware of any such scientific propositions, Professor Behe’s assertion constitutes substantial evidence that in his view, as is commensurate with other prominent ID leaders, ID is a religious and not a scientific proposition.

Dramatic evidence of ID’s religious nature and aspirations is found in what is referred to as the “Wedge Document.” The Wedge Document, developed by the Discovery Institute’s Center for Renewal of Science and Culture (hereinafter “CRSC”), represents from an institutional standpoint, the IDM’s goals and objectives, much as writings from the Institute for Creation Research did for the earlier creation-science movement, as discussed in McLean. (11:26-28 (Forrest)); McLean, 529 F. Supp. at 1255. The Wedge Document states in its “Five Year Strategic Plan Summary” that the IDM’s goal is to replace science as currently practiced with “theistic and Christian science.” (P-140 at 6). As posited in the Wedge Document, the IDM’s “Governing Goals” are to “defeat scientific materialism and its destructive moral, cultural, and political legacies” and “to replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God.” Id. at 4. The CSRC expressly announces, in the Wedge Document, a program of Christian apologetics to promote ID. A careful review of the Wedge Document’s goals and language throughout the document reveals cultural and religious goals, as opposed to scientific ones. (11:26-48 (Forrest); P-140). ID aspires to change the ground rules of science to make room for religion, specifically, beliefs consonant with a particular version of Christianity.

The court basically uncovered a loony plot to subvert science education to support Christianity. Maybe loony enough to work somewhere.

“Wedge document?” Holy cow they’re really serious about this stuff. Is it time to stick a fork in ID? No wonder the Discovery Institute’s CRSC didn’t want this to go to trial. They didn’t want their double-super secret sacred plan to be exposed.

Right now, the ID movement looks a like a ridiculous Scooby-Doo villain.

“The guy behind ID was old Mr. Carswell the grounds keeper all along!”

“And the plan would have worked, too, if it wasn’t for those meddling kids and that mutt!”

Posted by James at December 20, 2005 11:01 PM
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I think Judge John E. Jones III's term "breathtaking inanity" is just so precious. Can we use it for all the other stuff getting rammed down our throats? Seems to fit.

Posted by: ThirdMate at December 21, 2005 7:01 AM

I had heard of the Wedge Document some while ago, but as far as I know this is the first time it's shown up in a judicial opinion. That's going to be a hard one to ignore in future decisions.

Right on.

Posted by: Hunter at December 22, 2005 3:59 AM

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