Someone on Facebook pointed me to the Conservapedia entry on the National Center for Science Education and it’s rather amusing. The first sentence is going to leave you scratching your head a bit, though. It certainly does me. See if you can figure out what the hell this means:
The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is an atheistic creature of the US Congress, established as a non-profit organization.
What the hell is a “creature of the US Congress?” It wasn’t created by Congress, it isn’t funded by Congress. In fact, it has almost nothing to do with Congress at all, having no lobbyists and not even very good contacts in DC.
It advocates forcing the teaching the theory of evolution in U.S. public schools, to the exclusion of scientific creationism and intelligent design, which it erroneously contends is a form of creationism.
Oh yes, how erroneous. Where could anyone have possibly gotten the idea that creationism and intelligent design are the same thing? Oh, maybe from the book Of Pandas and People, the first ID textbook. Here’s how that book defined creationism through the first several drafts:
“Creation means that various forms of life began abruptly through the agency of an intelligent creator with their distinctive features already intact – fish with fins and scales, birds with feathers, beaks and wings, etc.”
And here’s how it defined “intelligent design” after creationism was ruled out of public school science classrooms:
“Intelligent Design means that various forms of life began abruptly through an intelligent agency with their distinctive features already intact: fish with fins and scales, birds with feathers, beaks and wings, etc.”
So according to the very same ID advocates that now deny that they mean the same thing, they are word for word identical.
The NCSE is responsible for “Project Steve”, a propaganda campaign based on a logically-fallacious argument ad populum.
Quite the opposite, actually. The whole point of Project Steve was to poke fun at the argumentum ad populum used by creationists, who love to put out lists of “scientists” who believe in creationism.