A friend sends this list of freakouts by Darwin’s followers some years ago, about the dangers the ID community poses:
Evolutionary biologist Massimo Pigliucci (“The Varieties of Denialism,” 2002): ID is “bent on literally destroying science as we know it.”
Anthropologist Pat Shipman (2005): I have been “prompted to take ID seriously, and this movement scares me. Now I feel like a jogger in the park at night who realizes that she is far too isolated and that the shadows are far too deep. At first I ignored that faint rustling behind me, convincing myself it was just wind in the leaves. Louder noises made me jump and turn around, but I saw nothing. Now I know that I and my colleagues in science are being stalked with careful and deadly deliberation. I fear my days are numbered.”
Physicist Marshall Berman (2005): “The current Intelligent Design movement poses a threat to all of science and perhaps to secular democracy itself.” [If ID isn’t stopped] “the curtain of ŒDark Ages II¹ begins to fall!”
Science journalist Robyn Williams (2006): “ID is, in a way, terrorism.”
Philosopher Niall Shanks (2006): “A culture war is currently being waged in the United States by religious extremists who hope to turn the clock of science back to medieval times.” “The chief weapon in this war is a version of creation science known as intelligent design theory.”
Biologist Kenneth Miller (2008): “To the ID movement the rationalism of the Age of Enlightenment, which gave rise to science as we know it, is the true enemy.” [If ID prevails] “the modern age will be brought to an end.” “What is at stake, I am convinced, is nothing less than America’s scientific soul.”
Can readers come up with more of this stuff? The Coffee Room here is thinking of starting a Mental Health Fund for Darwin’s followers. Their problem is pretty basic: They must show that nothing in nature is actually designed, in an era when nothing in nature is turning out like we expected. No wonder they are so upset. But we can help.
We can help them set up an Anonymous group for persons recovering from Darwinism. We will provide the snacks too.
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