It has come to my attention that some of our best informed ID supporters don’t believe politics are important to winning and that science education is the key. Now I dearly love science but without politics providing us a level playing field our arguments from math and science are doomed to being censored.
Consider that the Darwin apologists have had sole providence (no pun) for over two generations (since 1947 SCOTUS ruling in Everson vs. Board of Education) in public science education for their story of unguided, unplanned evolution. Indeed, even criticism of their story is verboten on establishment clause grounds.
In almost 60 years of presenting the “overwhelming” scientific evidence for unguided evolution in public science education, in the legally enforced absence of criticism or alternative hypotheses, they have not put a significant dent in the number of people who swallow the story that evolution was unguided (15% or fewer).
Imagine the position they’d be in if ID had been allowed a level playing field in public science education. Or even if ID is banned, if we just get to put criticisms of the unguided Darwinian narrative on the lectern. The theory in crisis would go from the critical care ward to the morgue.
Clearly, the scientific argument for unguided evolution lost and lost bigtime. In fact one might argue there was never a battle to lose. The unguided Darwinian narrative started out 150 years ago being accepted by only a tiny minority of elitist, predominantly atheist intellectuals and that remains its domain to this very day. That’s a battle only in the sense of it being a successful defense of a small plot of contested ground.
Now, in an alarming turn of events, we have 10,000 Protestant clergymen being duped into believing that if they don’t reconcile Darwinian evolution with Protestant Christian faith they’ll be seen as some sort of uneducated knuckle dragging dolts leading their flocks back into the dark ages of unenlightenment. Someone needs to slap these clergy upside the head and tell them they don’t have to compromise their faith in God to accommodate some godless story of evolution foisted upon us by the likes of Richard Dawkins or the National Academy of
Indeed, why don’t these clergymen just go ahead and send Professor Dawkins an engraved invitati0n to be a keynote speaker on Evolution Sunday where Richard can tell them things like “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that)”.
The bottom line is that while the math and science in support of guided non-Darwinian evolution is extraordinary, compelling, and interesting to a fault – the battleground is almost entirely political at this point.