Bérubé discovers even smart academics can be really stupid - postmodernism and "science of a radically different sort".
Key quotes: "ID deserves space less for what it’s done recently than as a representative of the main counter-tradition in the history of science to the one represented nowadays by Neo-Darwinism" and "In this respect, ‘our’ side pulled its punches in the Science Wars when it refused to come out and say that the scientific establishment may not be the final word on what science is, let alone what it ought to be. " - both by S. Fuller.
So, he got the rope. I look forward to Michael's response.
PZ discovers the NYT has a sense of humour - key quote: " Mr. Davis noted that the advocates of intelligent design claim they are not talking about God or religion. "But they are, and everybody knows they are," Mr. Davis said. "I just think we ought to quit playing games. It's a religious worldview that's being advanced." "
A Bérubé readers points to this fascinating piece in NRO - key quote: "Phillip E. Johnson once said that the ID debate is about the question whether the U.S. is a nation under God or a nation under Darwin. We Muslims see the latter as a plague; we have no problem with the former. " - M. Akyol
So, if I read this right, Mr Johnson is a cheese eating surrender monkey; and if the US, and Europe too if they wish, would just surrender their value systems and become literalist theocracies, then it'd be ok.
Well, until the doctrinaire disputes start, of course.
Strangely counter to this thesis is that much of Europe is establishmentarian; there are State Churches and official State Religions. Curious that.
Turkey, as I recall, is officially secular. Hmmm. Mr Akyol lives in Turkey.