The Discovery Institute really is frantic about the Dover case and it’s making them tell some real whoppers. The latest one is from DI director John West:
Dr. John West of the Discovery Institute, which sponsors research on intelligent design, said the case displayed the ACLU’s “Orwellian” effort to stifle scientific discourse and objected to the issue being decided in court.
“It’s a disturbing prospect that the outcome of this lawsuit could be that the court will try to tell scientists what is legitimate scientific inquiry and what is not,” West said. “That is a flagrant assault on free speech.”
Complete and utter bullshit, Mr. West. This case has nothing to do with what scientists may inquire about. Scientists are today entirely free to do research on “intelligent design”, and they will remain so regardless of the outcome of the Dover case. There is only one thing preventing scientists from doing research on ID. It’s not the government or the law, it’s the complete lack of an ID model from which one might derive testable hypotheses.
There is no free speech issue here. You and your friends are completely unfettered in your right to advocate ID from sea to shining sea, just like flat earthers, Raelians and moon landing deniers. But that doesn’t mean you get access to teach your silly beliefs in public school science classrooms, any more than these other groups do. The only thing Orwellian about this situation is your breathtaking dishonesty in trying to strike the martyr pose.