And the games continue without any sign of a future let-down:
In the recent skirmishes over evolution, advocates who have pushed to dilute its teaching have regularly pointed to a petition signed by 514 scientists and engineers.
The petition, they say, is proof that scientific doubt over evolution persists. But random interviews with 20 people who signed the petition and a review of the public statements of more than a dozen others suggest that many are evangelical Christians, whose doubts about evolution grew out of their religious beliefs. And even the petition’s sponsor, the Discovery Institute in Seattle, says that only a quarter of the signers are biologists, whose field is most directly concerned with evolution. The other signers include 76 chemists, 75 engineers, 63 physicists and 24 professors of medicine.
Ahhh. The good old Discovery Institute.
Scott R. Fulton, a professor of mathematics and computer science at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., who signed the petition, said that the argument for intelligent design was “very interesting and promising.”
He said he thought his religious belief was “not particularly relevant” in how he judged intelligent design. “It probably influences in the sense in that it makes me very interested in the questions,” he said. “When I see scientific evidence that points to God, I find that encouraging.”
Roger J. Lien, a professor of poultry science at Auburn, said he received a copy of the petition from Christian friends.
“I stuck my name on it,” he said. “Basically, it states what I believe.”
Dr. Lien said that he grew up in California in a family that was not deeply religious and that he accepted evolution through much of his scientific career. He said he became a Christian about a decade ago, six years after he joined the Auburn faculty.
“The world is broken, and we humans and our science can’t fix it,” Dr. Lien said. “I was brought to Jesus Christ and God and creationism and believing in the Bible.”
He also said he thought that evolution was “inconsistent with what the Bible says.”
So there you have it. In the interest of science, if you will. And just for a taste of the type of consistency we get from these Discovery Institute frauds, check out these competing quotes:
“Early on, the critics said there was nobody who disbelieved Darwin’s theory except for rubes in the woods,” said Bruce Chapman, president of the institute. “How many does it take to be a noticeable minority — 10, 50, 100, 500?”
Mr. Chapman said the petition showed “there is a minority of scientists who disagree with Darwin’s theory, and it is not just a handful.”
Opposing petitions have sprung up. The National Center for Science Education, which has battled efforts to dilute the teaching of evolution, has sponsored a pro-evolution petition signed by 700 scientists named Steve, in honor of Stephen Jay Gould, the Harvard paleontologist who died in 2002.
The petition affirms that evolution is “a vital, well-supported, unifying principle of the biological sciences.”
Mr. Chapman of that institute said the opposing petitions were beside the point. “We never claimed we’re in a fight for numbers,” he said.
The only reason to take these liars seriously is because of the damage they can cause to society as a whole.
BTW- These folks sure are waging a lot of simultaneous battles in this culture war- the war on gay, the war on abortion, the war on sicence and evil ‘Darwinists.’ If they win these battles, maybe they can go fight some new ones- like putting out fatwahs on cartoonists who draw pictures of Jesus. Or stoning women who don’t respect their husband.
Here is to hoping they keep losing their chosen battles.