Mr. Parker has already mastered the standard propaganda of the creationist wolves in scientist's clothing:
- Parker: "It's promoting freedom in science to go where the evidence leads."
- Sand: "While the concept sounds like an argument for creation, Parker says it's more than that. Creation has a religious theme that says everything was created by God. The theory of intelligent design says a higher intelligence had to be responsible for certain things, but it doesn't define what that higher intelligence is."
- Parker: "I want to provide awareness.... My primary concern is we're losing our freedom to discuss it. Some states have passed laws against teaching intelligent design."
Parker is saying nothing that wasn't found to be utter nonsense in the famous 2005 case of Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover School District et al. If you want to understand why Parker and his fellow travelers are wrong on so many levels, read the ruling of Judge John E. Jones, III. It is a lengthy decision, but a tour de force of legal and scientific explication.
Don tells Elisa he's hoping to schedule a debate with a college professor. Even if I were a full-bird prof, I would not have time for this nuttiness. Let David Bergan drop in for a guest lecture. Let Sibby come to town and live-blog the IDEA events. Let folks huddle in the library to cling to visions of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Intelligent design is a canard, a parlor game that contributes nothing to our scientific understanding of the universe.
I can live with Don's using the schools to promote his happy little books. But Don, if you and your anti-science club come anywhere near the school board and our public school science curriculum, I will raise heck.
Update 22:55: Madison's anti-science crusader club already has its own website, or, in this case, its own Ning. Knock yourselves out, kids!
Update 2008.12.23: Just in time for Christmas: The IDEA Obituary. ID is dead on university campuses, says Cornell biologist James MacNeill. Must not have been a terribly well-designed movement....