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Ritualistic denunciations against ID by the scientific community continue apace. Unfortunately, most of those who write these denunciations have little familiarity with ID. In addition, they tend to be spindly academics without the fire in the belly to express the appropriate outrage against ID. I would therefore like to offer my services, for a modest fee, to write denunciations of ID for any reputable science organizations needing to put ID in its place. Below is a sample of my work. Only serious inquiries please!

This denunciation of ID originally appeared here.

February 24, 2004: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


This statement was prepared in consultation with
the National Center for Selling Evolution and
the American Council for Litigation and Usurpation

Intelligent Design is the latest attempt by creationists to force God into science and destroy evolution. It is the most dangerous form of creationism to date because it self-consciously avoids reference to God. Nevertheless, its creationist agenda bleeds through its empty rhetoric at every turn. It is in fact a politico-religious movement that masquerades as science and attempts to force a wedge between the scientific community and the wider culture. Its ultimate goal is to establish a theocracy in which the Bible becomes federal law and Genesis is taught as fact.

Although some details about evolution remain to be worked out, there is no debate among real scientists about the fundamental facts of evolution. Evolution is as well established as the Earth being spherical or going around the Sun. The evidence for evolution is overwhelming, and to reject or challenge it is not just to abjure science but to place society at grave risk. Many diseases are the result of natural selection in action, and those who minimize or question evolution are endangering public health and, in all likelihood, are already complicit in the deaths of countless people.

The Society for the Advancement of Real Science therefore urges all genuine scientists to use all legal means to oppose and overthrow this creationist pseudoscience. Although some Intelligent Design practitioners have advanced degrees in the sciences, in every known case they obtained those degrees for the express purpose of inveigling themselves into the academic and scientific communities to subvert science.

Proponents of Intelligent Design have only one interest: substituting supernatural causes for natural causes and thereby destroying science and taking over society. They should not be considered genuine scientists in any sense of the word. Nor should their work be interpreted as facilitating the proper understanding of science. Their transparent agenda is a frontal attack on the methods and outcomes of science over the last several hundred years. Their work, their personal demeanor, their very presence among real scientists are so offensive and disturbing to the progress of science that only one solution remains: SCIENTIFIC CLEANSING.

Science must be cleansed from the cancer of Intelligent Design. Only radical surgery will do. The Society for the Advancement of Real Science therefore calls on the scientific, academic, and professional communities to institute the following policies.

(1) RE-EDUCATION: Any scientists caught sympathizing with Intelligent Design need to take part in intensive re-education workshops on the nature of science and the evidence for evolution. Successfully re-educated scientists may with proper supervision be re-integrated into the scientific community. If re-education is unsuccessful or is refused outright, the only recourse is …

(2) EXCOMMUNICATION: Scientists who remain recalcitrant and refuse to be re-integrated into the community of real scientists must by all legal means be removed from that community. Untenured professors must not be granted tenure. Tenured professors must be encouraged to seek employment elsewhere (e.g., at a Bible college). Funding institutions (e.g., the NSF and NIH) must as a matter of policy refuse to fund the research of Intelligent Design sympathizers.

(3) ACCREDITATION: Academic institutions that employ Intelligent Design sympathizers and that in any way give Intelligent Design legitimacy (e.g., present it in a favorable light in the science curriculum or even go so far as to set up committees, think-tanks, centers, or institutes to weigh its “merits”) must have their accreditation revoked. Accrediting bodies need to ensure that only real science is taught at accredited institutions.

(4) VETTING: Persons with degrees in the sciences and seeking employment need to be carefully vetted. A thorough search of all their past writings must be made. Any associations with Intelligent Design practitioners need to be scrutinized. Which Intelligent Design supporters do they know personally? Do they have any friends that support Intelligent Design? What books and articles have they read about Intelligent Design?

(5) DEFERENCE: The mark of real science is to respect the principles without which science would be impossible. Evolution has now become the universal governing principle of science. As Theodosius Dobzhansky remarked, “Nothing in biology makes sense apart from evolution.” If one includes here cosmic evolution as well, then nothing in science makes sense apart from evolution. Scientists need to be scrupulous about giving evolution proper credit. Scientists whose writings betray less than full enthusiasm for evolution need to be reprimanded and, if that fails, re-educated.


"Also, you should try to work in the phrase “for the children” somewhere. It never hurts." Indeed! Very clever! Think about the children that live under the threat (that's a word you can't forgot to mention: threat) of being forced to develop sharp thinking skills in order to criticise Evolution and compare it with pseudo-scientific garbage like ID. How outrageous! Criticising the Very Fabric of Reality Itself! What will come next? FOR DARWIN'S SAKE! THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN! Marcos
Bring back the Inquisition! Feed them to the lions! "Off with their heads!" glennj
I would capitalize and trademark Real Scienceâ„¢ throughout to make clear that Real Scienceâ„¢ is the exclusive domain of our Real Scientistsâ„¢. To protect the ignorant masses from being confused by inconvenient facts, we should be the only ones permitted to define what Real Scienceâ„¢ is. sagebrush gardener
One part I'd change would be instead of "taking over society", I'd say "Proponents of Intelligent Design have only one interest: substituting supernatural causes for natural causes and thereby destroying science and taking over THE WORLD. AND WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!! AIEYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Also, you should try to work in the phrase "for the children" somewhere. It never hurts. In the Re-Education section, I'd think I'd mention that the process will include a significant amount of "self criticism". Other than that, I think you hit the nail on the head. tribune7
This has the mark of someone who knows the objections very, very well. And for good reason. You may have been a little too subtle on the part about how ID is nothing more than a sneak attempt to overthrow the separation of church and state, to force God and reactionary morality into public school classrooms, and to bring about the geopolitical downfall of America through the ruination of every future student of science. At least you covered the part about its being a theocratic politico-religious movement; that's pretty close. TomG
Now that's the spirit, Bill! That's how you stick it to those dirty rotten IDiot creationist scumbags! How DARE they try to allow questioning of the ABSOLUTE IRREFUTABLE FACT of evolution in classrooms! They're trying to revive the dark ages, for crying out loud! Why, it's enough to make me want to round them all up and burn them at the stake!!! :P crandaddy
This must be the soft spoken version. Our only problem is that we aren’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. 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). DaveScot
Bill, I think that even NAS ("National Atheists of Science") couldn't have writen such an anti-ID and pro-Darwin-Only paper. You are now officialy ready for your Hugh Hefner Prize. Mats
Bill, This is great. This will be the first well written anti-ID article. I think you should send this to every college president and dean of arts and sciences in the country. We should also get all the major politicians to provide a statement on it. This will show them how to do it right. Do you sign it Dzerzhinsky, Himmler, Robespierre, Savanarola? There may be some other pseudonyms that could be used. jerry
It sounds like ID is heresy. And when we see that naturalism is the established religion, it IS heresy and should be overthrown by all means accordingly... Cengiz Cebi

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