… stay out of debates about evolution.
5. We applaud scientists who are concerned about the precarious state of evolution education in the United States and want to confront creationism. But participating in formal oral debates with creationists is far from the best—and certainly not the only—way to do so. By all means, confront creationism, but do so in ways that advance, rather than hinder, the goal of a scientifically literate public that supports the teaching of evolution.
We offer a sixth:
6. “Evolution” today means Darwin’s theory of evolution, the only one the Darwin lobby is remotely interested in. Discussing the subject in front of audiences that are increasingly aware of comparatively credible forms of evolution means grappling with the stranglehold the Darwin lobby has on discussion of an increasingly significant subject. So, scientists, don’t let harm come to the Darwin lobby. Stop all discussion now. Just spout approved propaganda.
The Darwin lobby poses a serious danger to your career if you do not take our advice.