Paul Myers, the Foghorn Leghorn of evolutionary thinkers, offered the following memorable quote a few months back. I preserve it here for the record books. Let the humiliation of ID proponents continue and intensify.
Yeah, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m afraid the Ã¢â‚¬Å“civilized academic debateÃ¢â‚¬Â was settled about a century ago. Scientists have been engaging in that ideal, non-militaristic fashion for quite some time, and still are Ã¢â‚¬â€ those discussions go on in the pages of the journals. Unfortunately, while we have been doing everything in the proper civilized way, the forces of ignorance have not; they have lied their way into considerable power.
Here I am, a biologist living in the 21st century in one of the richest countries in the world, and one of the two biology teachers in my kidsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ high school is a creationist. Last year, the education commissioner in my state tried to subvert the recommendations for the state science standards by packing a hand-picked Ã¢â‚¬Ëœminority reportÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ committee to push for required instruction in intelligent design creationism in our schools. All across the country, we have these lunatics trying to stuff pseudoscientific religious garbage into our schools and museums and zoos.
This is insane.
Please donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t try to tell me that you object to the tone of our complaints. Our only problem is that we arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t martial enough, or vigorous enough, or loud enough, or angry enough. The only appropriate responses should involve some form of righteous fury, much butt-kicking, and the public firing and humiliation of some teachers, many schoolboard members, and vast numbers of sleazy far-right politicians.
[Go here for the source: http://www.pandasthumb.org/archives/2005/06/a_new_recruit.html#c35130