Michael Egnor over at the Discovery Institute’s blog (I’m loathe to link that by the way, I’d hate to think I’m sending traffic their way, but there you go) claims that atheism as a collected organisation have used the First Amendment to promote the cult of Darwinism by litigating against any attempts towards teaching the “Strengths and weaknesses” of Evolutionary theory.
What he fails to also mention is that no litigation has ever taken place against anyone trying to teach the strengths and weaknesses of evolutionary theory, but cases (Kitzmiller vs Dover Area School Board, et al) have been brought against public schools that were attempting to require Intelligent Design alongside evolution as an alternative explanation for the origin of life.
The “Controversy” that these people manufactured isn’t really a controversy at all, it’s a move solely designed to put religious creationism squarely in the classroom, and while they claim at times that Intelligent Design isn’t religious, it doesn’t say who the “Designer” is, that anyone from any faith can believe in it, the leaking of the wedge document, a political and social action plan from the Discovery Institute, clearly states their goals.
Alongside a focus on the influential opinion-makers, we also seek to build up a popular base of support among our natural constituency, namely, Christians. We will do this primarily through apologetics seminars. We intend these to encourage and equip believers with new scientific evidences that support the faith, as well as “popularize” our ideas in the broader culture.
Thankfully reason won in the Dover case, and Judge E Jones III (It certainly can’t be claimed he’s some left-wing activist judge, he was appointed by GWB) said “the writings of the proponents of ID reveal that the designer postulated by their argument is the God of Christianity” and that “the evidence at trial demonstrates that ID is nothing less than the progeny of creationism”.
Egnor goes on to claim that Atheists have claimed evolution is a fact on par with gravity and heliocentrism, but that Discovery only wants to teach its weaknesses. Well it is on par with gravity and heliocentrism, given that any one of those could be overturned tomorrow with some as yet unheard of theory that undoes everything we know so far. It’s on par with gravitational theory in that evolutionary theory is the best explanation for the observed phenomena of the diversity of species and what we know of the observed change in inherited traits in a population over time, and the distortion of space-time in proximity to mass is one of the best explanations for the observed phenomena of gravity.
Every time I hear a creationist claim that evolution is just a theory, I wish they’d believe me when I told them gravity is too, and I would love them to jump off a building to test it out.