Wednesday, June 23, 2004

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute Dembski's book was published by The Intercollegiate Studies Institute. This is an unabashedly right-wing outfit, as can be seen from a quick perusal of their website. They are a member of TownHall.com, which publishes some of the most comically extreme right-wing commentary on the Web. In publishing this volume, the ISI joins a long list of conservative outfits willing to embrace creationism.

This is further evidence, if more were needed, that conservative thought in this country has been effectively taken over by the religious right. Their protestations to the contrary notwithstanding, right-wing objections to Darwinism are entirely cultural. It is conservatives, not scientists, who see Darwinism as some all-encompassing worldview that overturns established religion and destroys morality. They challenge evolution not because they have any legitimate scientific point to make, but because they know that is a safe way of gaining a foothold for discussing their broader social agenda.

ID's scientific claims are window-dressing, pure and simple. Creationism in all its forms is about politics and power.

3 Comments:

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Joshua White said...

As much as I hate to admit it, as someone who considers himself conservative, the far right and especially the religious right has too much sway over conservative thought (I would not go so far as to say taken over though). I have to agree with your wednesday entry about the The Intercollegiate Studies Institute. It saddens me when I see folks get to a position I agree with them on in a careful locical way, and then just trust a snake-oil salesman on a position just because he has the same faith, or if it's politically expediant. This is why the number of independant conservatives such as myself have been growing lately :P
Maybe things will be different for my kids or grandkids.

Just out of curiosity, would you consider the anti-GMO croud to be a left-wing equivalent? (though admitedly one with far less influence on its side of the political spectrum, in this country anyway).

Thanks for the hard work and interesting reading!

Joshua White

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger Jason Rosenhouse said...

There are similarities between the anti-GMO folks and certain creationist fronts in the sense that both have a poor understanding of the relevant science and try to influence public policy in detrimental ways. But as you note, at least in the USA, the religious right is far more powerful, and their agenda far more sweeping, than the anti-GMO folks.

I'm glad you find the blog interesting!

 
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