“Ben Stein is the Rosa Parks of Darwin Skeptics”

Proponents of “Intelligent Design” continue trying to portray their efforts as a struggle for civil rights, as in this amusing post touting Ben Stein as “the Rosa Parks of Darwin Skeptics.”

Click here for more on this blog re: Ben Stein and Expelled.

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One Comment

  1. Kevin Currie
    Posted July 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Wow! That is just plain stupid. I can’t say that I am suprised, as this is certainly not the first time the metaphor has been used.

    The mistake, of course, is to conflate the American liberal democratic system with the way science works. Science is not an “everyone has a right to be heard in equal measure” type of thing. It is a “you have a right to be heard when you prove your case” type of thing. It is not a “win by popular vote” type of thing, but a “win by demonstrating and proving your point to skeptics” kind of thing.

    Quite honestly, I do not see where it is that ID proponents would not also champion the Institute for Historical Review and their Holocaust denial. If academic disciplines really are liberal democracies, where exclusion from being taken seriously is tantamount to a violation of rights, then there really is no difference between the moral and ‘rights based’ claims of Discovery Institute and those of the Institute for Historical Review. Tehy seem to be making the same case.


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