Thursday, July 27, 2006


Discovery Moons Kansas

The Discovery Institute, apparently, has decided to moon Kansas.

The Discovery Institute, that overcaffienated intelligent design think tank located in Seattle, has announced plans to run two new radio commercials promoting their misnamed Stand Up for Science website and the online petition to “Stand up for Science, Stand up for Kansas.”

The ads will air this weekend across Kansas just in time to drive right-wing religious voters to the polls for the primary election here.

According to Discovery, one ad features Discovery fellow Jonathan Wells -- they don't mention that Wells is a follower of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a man who has proclaimed himself God, and the Unification Church.
"Father's [Moon's] words, my studies, and my prayers convinced me that I should devote my life to destroying Darwinism, just as many of my fellow Unificationists had already devoted their lives to destroying Marxism," writes Wells. "When Father chose me to enter a PhD program in 1978, I welcomed the opportunity to prepare myself for battle."

Wells, who calls himself a scientist even though he'd made up his mind about evolution long before he got his PhD, and actually was exposed to the evidence, is nothing more than a right-wing religious zealot who has donned a lab coat.

Here's what he says in the commercials to be aired in Kansas:
“... it is imperative to understand both the evidence for and against a scientific theory… as a scientist, I am standing up for science education policies that require students to learn both the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence that supports Darwin’s theory, as well as the scientific evidence that challenges it.”

Stealth candidates. Stealth scientists. A stealth campaign to introduce creationism and ultra-right politics into science classes. The contempt of the Discovery Institute and its backers for the people of Kansas knows no bounds.


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