So, PZ reports that the Discovery Institute people are shocked–shocked, I tell you–that Ben Stein and Bill O’Reilly think that Intelligent Design requires the intervention of a deity. Could it be that they want it both ways? “If you believe in God, then goddiddit. If you don’t, the theory makes no claims at all about the ‘intelligence’ involved.”
The Disco folks, with gaiety
Deny that there’s a Deity
That sparks the spontaneity
Of origin of life.
They swear it’s based on evidence—
Objectively it all makes sense;
The problem is that this pretense
Is quite a two-edged knife.
In truth, behind the smiles
And the vehement denials
(Though they won’t hold up in trials
They’re the only thing they’ve got)
Is the fact that certain tribal
Myths, collected as “the Bible”
Are (on punishment of libel)
The foundation of their plot.
And whenever they talk science,
How they’re fully in compliance,
They are risking their alliance
With their fundamental base
To retain the congregation
They use double-conversation
One that’s broadcast to the nation—
Quite another, face-to-face.
Now, this double-speak position
Is a recent acquisition
But it placates opposition
So no worries—problem solved.
By this gradual correction,
It appears, upon reflection,
That through natural selection
Their two faces have evolved