Blah blah blah. Monkeys fling better crap than this, and on a less regular basis.
I'm done with this topic.
Apparently the monkey's have the upper hand as all I've seen from you are one liners, dismissive insults and a lack of any substantive rebuttal.
I think of it as sort of a 21st century variant on Godwin's rule. The moment the discussion devolves into evil George Bush and his religious right masters, the conversation is obviously over.
And it is as far as I'm concerned.
I don't recall seeing what you are claiming in this thread Drew, could you point it out for me? I haven't seen any "Bush is evil" comments on here. As far as the Religious Right and their support of Bush, ID, School Prayer, Abortion Bans and Abstinence Only education...well that's no secret now is it? Wasn't there a intra party memo that got leaked out regarding the Teri Schiavo's case and how it would "excite the party base" now I doubt they were referring to the fiscal conservatives now were they?
As for the origins of the ID theory
The phrase "intelligent design", used in this sense, first appeared in Christian creationist literature, including the textbook Of Pandas and People (Haughton Publishing Company, Dallas, 1989). The term was promoted more broadly by the retired legal scholar Phillip E. Johnson following his 1991 book Darwin on Trial. Johnson is the program advisor of the Center for Science and Culture and is considered the father of the intelligent design movement.
Religion and leading ID proponents
Intelligent design arguments are carefully formulated in secular terms and intentionally avoid positing the identity of the designer. Phillip E. Johnson has stated that cultivating ambiguity by employing secular language in arguments which are carefully crafted to avoid overtones of theistic creationism is a necessary first step for ultimately introducing the Christian concept of God as the designer. Johnson emphasizes "the first thing that has to be done is to get the Bible out of the discussion" and that "after we have separated materialist prejudice from scientific fact." only then can "biblical issues" be discussed. Johnson explicitly calls for ID proponents to obfuscate their religious motivations so as to avoid having ID recognized "as just another way of packaging the Christian evangelical message." Though not all ID proponents are theistic or motivated by religious fervor, the majority of the principal ID advocates (including Michael Behe, William Dembski, Jonathan Wells, and Stephen C. Meyer) are Christians and have stated that in their view the designer of life is clearly God.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The Center for Science and Culture (CSC), formerly known as the Center for Renewal of Science and Culture (CRSC), is part of the Discovery Institute, a conservative Christian think tank in the United States. The CSC lobbies for wider acceptance of intelligent design (ID) as an explanation for the origins of life and the universe, and is opposed to the theory of evolution. However, the wider scientific community considers ID to be pseudoscientific and akin to creationism.
The Wedge strategy
Main article: Wedge strategy
In 1999 an internal CSC report dating from 1998 was leaked to the public, which outlined a five-year plan for fostering broader acceptance of ID. This plan become known as the Wedge strategy. The 'wedge document' explained the key aims of CSC as follows.
To defeat scientific materialism and its destructive moral, cultural and political legacies.
To replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God.
To see intelligent design theory as an accepted alternative in the sciences and scientific research being done from the perspective of design theory.
To see the beginning of the influence of design theory in spheres other than natural science.
To see major new debates in education, life issues, legal and personal responsibility pushed to the front of the national agenda.
Twenty Year Goals
To see intelligent design theory as the dominant perspective in science.
To see design theory application in specific fields, including molecular biology, biochemistry, paleontology, physics and cosmology in the natural sciences, psychology, ethics, politics, theology and philosophy in the humanities; to see its influence in the fine arts.
To see design theory permeate our religious, cultural, moral and political life.
The paper also stated in part that:
The social consequences of materialism have been devastating. As symptoms, those consequences are certainly worth treating. However, we are convinced that in order to defeat materialism, we must cut it off at its source. That source is scientific materialism. This is precisely our strategy. If we view the predominant materialistic science as a giant tree, our strategy is intended to function as a "wedge" that, while relatively small, can split the trunk when applied at its weakest points. The very beginning of this strategy, the "thin edge of the wedge," was Phillip Johnson's critique of Darwinism begun in 1991 in Darwinism on Trial, and continued in Reason in the Balance and Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds. Michael Behe's highly successful Darwin's Black Box followed Johnson's work. We are building on this momentum, broadening the wedge with a positive scientific alternative to materialistic scientific theories, which has come to be called the theory of intelligent design (ID). Design theory promises to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist worldview, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.
The Discovery Institute would later issue a statement denying that it sought to establish a theocracy.
Critics have alleged that the Center has a hidden agenda: that of giving the teaching of creationism immunity from First Amendment challenges by adopting the putatively theologically neutral stance of intelligent design. They note that in press releases intended for the general public, the CSC describes itself as "the nation's leading think-tank researching scientific challenges to Darwinian evolution." But in press releases for members only, the CSC assures them that it "seeks nothing less than the overthrow of materialism and its damning cultural legacies."
Some idea of the Dicovery Institute's real aims can be revealed by looking at its funding sources. Nearly all of the Discovery Institute's money comes in the form of grants from wealthy "conservative" fundamentalist Christians. They got around $350,000 from the Maclellan Foundation, a fundie lobbying group in Tennessee. Their single biggest source of money, though, is Howard Ahmanson, a California savings-and-loan bigwig. Ahmanson's gift of $1.5 million was the original seed money to organize the Center for Science and Culture, the arm of the Discovery Institute which focuses on promoting "intelligent design theory".
Ahmanson is a Christian Reconstructionist -- a fringe group of fundies who argue that the US Constitution should be abandoned and the US should be "reconstructed" under "Biblical law". They are the Christian equivilent of the Muslim fundamentalists who want to form "Islamic states" under "Islamic law". Ahmanson is long associated with JR Rushdooney, one of the original founders of the Reconstructionist movement --- and one of the original financial backers of Henry Morris and the ICR (Rushdooney paid most of the publishing costs for Morris's first book, "The Genesis Flood". Similarly, the Discovery Institute's Phillip Johnson dedicated his book "Defeating Darwinism" to "Howard and Roberta" -- Ahmanson and his wife.)
Ahmanson is known for his Republican affiliations having backed McClintock in California, Bush's reelection bid etc...and if you go to the main page for the Maclellan Foundation you'll be greeted by a link to the wonders of Geroge W. Bush and his Faith Based Initative. Nope, no political agenda there
Now on to the primary founders of The Discovery Institute (one of the leading arms of the ID movement) here's a few bits of bio information off their website, here's there bio on their President:
Bruce Chapman, President - Discovery Institute
Board of Directors - Discovery Institute
Bruce Chapman is a specialist in public policy development with a long career in government service at all levels, as well as a private career as an editorial writer, publisher and public policy fellow.
A former Director of the United States Census Bureau (1981 - 1983), Mr. Chapman also served as Deputy Assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1983 to 1985 and simultaneously held the position of Director of White House Office of Planning and Evaluation. In 1985 he was appointed United States Ambassador to the United Nations Organizations in Vienna, Austria, serving through 1988. He received the State Department's Superior Honor Award. His diverse responsibilities included such subject areas as nuclear proliferation, refugees, economic development and narcotics control.
Mr. Chapman was a fellow of the Hudson Institute for two years until he founded the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, a public policy center on national and international affairs, in 1990. The Institute presents public policy proposals that strive to "make a positive vision of the future practical." Subject areas include science and culture, regionalism in "Cascadia," technology and national security.
Nope nothing political about THIS guy is there?
How about One Of The VP's?
Steven J. Buri, Vice President - Discovery Institute
Phone: 206 292 0401
Discovery Extension: 125
Steven Buri serves as the Executive Director of Discovery Institute, a position he has held since April 2000. He was named a Vice President of Discovery in 2005.
Prior to joining the Institute, Steve served as the Executive Director of Stewardship Partners a non-profit organization he co-founded with Christopher Bayley in 1998. Stewardship Partners works to bridge the gap between private landowners and those responsible for enforcing environmental laws and regulations. He is still active with the organization as a member of its board of directors.
From 1996-1998, Steve served as a senior staff member to U.S. Senator Slade Gorton, (Gorton is also a Republican) representing him in international trade, foreign policy and immigration issues in the Seattle area. He has also been active in state political campaigns, working with Washington State gubernatorial candidate Dale Foreman in 1996, and serving as Political Director for Christopher Bayley's 1998 U.S. Senate campaign.
Nothing political here either...move along folks, nothing to see...