The Conservative Assault on Evolution Continues
While browsing in the bookstore yesterday I noticed that the cover story in the current issue of The American Spectator is a ten-page pro-ID, anti-evolution rant. It's author is a fellow named Dan Peterson who is described, as I recall, as “an author in Northern Virginia.” Strong qualifications.
The article is only available online to subscribers, but it really doesn't merit much of a response. It's just a rehashing of the standard ID talking points. Every other word is flagellum this or probability that. Yawn.
The reason I bring it up is that it is just one more example of how important anti-evolutionism is to modern conservatism. Every major conservative magazine in recent years, whether it is The American Spectator, National Review, Commentary, or The Weekly Standard has published anti-evolution articles. Most of them revisit the topic frequently.
Meanwhile, the left-wing magazines, the ones that are supposed to stand for science and reason, sit on in stone-faced silence. Where is the ten-page pro-evolution article in The New Republic or The Nation? The American Prospect has run some good stuff from Chris Mooney on the subject, but they have not run an article of sufficient length to really discuss the scientific issues. And when I proposed to them that I review the book “Creationism's Trojan Horse” they politely replied that they weren't planning to publish any review of the book.
Great. A book that deals specifically with attempts by right-wing groups to corrupt science education, and one of the most prominent liberal magazines wasn't interested.
At least they replied to my query letter. Slate and Salon didn't bother.
H. Allen Orr's recent article in The New Yorker was a good beginning, but there is so much more to say...