Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Dembski and Coulter: A marriage made in heaven

Intelligent design theorist extraordinaire William Dembski is flogging Ann Coulter's new book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism. Dembski was, he informs us, "in constant correspondence with Ann regarding her chapters on Darwinism."

One of the things Dembski's embrace of Coulter makes explicit is that intelligent design is not just an expression of religious fundamentalism, but of ultra-right fanaticism, as well. The cranks who embrace intelligent design have always argued that anyone who accepts the science underlying evolution is, by definition, an atheist -- Ken Miller, Fr. George Coyne, the 10,000 clergypeolple who signed the Clergy Letter Project notwithstanding.

Coulter now informs us that all liberals are atheists, as well:

"Ann Coulter," Dembski righteously informs us, "throws open the doors of the Church of Liberalism, showing us:

  • Its sacraments (abortion)
  • Its holy writ (Roe v. Wade)
  • Its martyrs (from Soviet spy Alger Hiss to cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal)
  • Its clergy (public school teachers)
  • Its churches (government schools, where prayer is prohibited but condoms are free)
  • Its doctrine of infallibility (as manifest in the “absolute moral authority” of such spokesmen as Cindy Sheehan and Max Cleland)
  • And its cosmology (in which mankind is an inconsequential accident)
  • Then, of course, there’s the liberal creation myth: Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
The far right intends not just to proselytize our children for their lunatic religious beliefs, they also fully intend to use science, history, social studies, English, home economics, speech, even physical education classes to "inform" kids that their parent's support for tolerance, civil rights, science, freedom of religion, fluoridation of the water supply, a sane foreign policy, social security, and Sponge Bob Square Pants amounts to atheistic treason.

Of course, Muslims who find intelligent design attractive may want to rethink their commitments. In her February 8 nationally syndicated column, Coulter wrote:
Making the rash assumption for purposes of discussion that Islam is a religion and not a car-burning cult, even a real religion can't go bossing around other people like this.

In a Dec. 21 column Coulter also wrote:

I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo.

Mainline Protestants, Jews, and Catholics might also want to ponder their fate under a regime run by these people, as well. You wouldn't want to assume, for example, that to Dembski and Coulter, your religion, is a real religion.

What Dembski makes unmistakably clear is this: If you buy intelligent design, you buy whole package. Any takers?


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