Monday, October 02, 2006


The Royal Nonesuch

Intelligent design activists Michael Behe, Ralph Seelke, and Jonathan Wells played the Duke and Dauphin from Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn in St. Pete last Saturday. That is to say, in an intellectual sense, they painted themselves in gaudy rainbow colors and pranced naked on stage before a group of physicians and their wives.

RSR, a long-time affectionado of the modern tent show revival, noted the following passage in a review of their performance by Melanie Ave in the South Pinelas edition of the St. Petersburg Times:

At the Saturday discussion, one man asked the scientists for proof of design's role in life.

In response, panel emcee Tom Woodward, a Trinity College professor and author of Doubts About Darwin, said evolution is inadequate to explain the creation of life.

The Duke and Dauphin's heirs know through long experience that the credulous will unhesitatingly accept (bogus) criticism of evolution as proof of design -- just as they can be sure they will never read a book or newspaper. A steady diet of Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and George Bush has perfectly prepared their minds to unquestioningly receive the peculiar wisdom that is ID.

The audience for the "Royal Nonesuch," though poor, rural, and uneducated knew, at least, they'd been had -- they came back for the final performance, their pockets stuffed with rotten vegetables to exact revenge -- but the poor yahoos ultra-sophisticated physicians and their wives, who lapped up the performance of the barnstorming brotherhood of bible college biologists the other night in Florida just keeps coming back for more.

They can't get enough of it.


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