Okay, this is just funny. This is a statement from Pat Buchanan’s latest column on ID, this one about the Dover ruling. I presume he wrote it with a straight face:
In his opinion, Judge Jones the Third declared:
The overwhelming evidence is that [intelligent design] is a religious view, a mere re-labeling of creationism and not a scientific theory … It is an extension of the fundamentalists’ view that one must either accept the literal interpretation of Genesis or else believe in the godless system of evolution.
But if intelligent design is creationism or fundamentalism in drag, how does Judge Jones explain how that greatest of ancient thinkers, Aristotle, who died 300 years before Christ, concluded that the physical universe points directly to an unmoved First Mover?
The mind boggles, doesn’t it? This is like asking, “If intelligent design is creationism or fundamentalism in drag, how does Judge Jones explain the success of Garth Brooks’ latest album?” The one simply has nothing to do with the other. And isn’t it funny how ID advocates keep changing definitions, merrily bouncing back and forth between biology and cosmology? But this controversy is specifically about biology. It was in a 9th grade biology classroom that ID was asserted and ID is, first and foremost, a set of arguments about biological evolution. That has nothing to do with the existence of a “prime mover”.
The evidence at the trial showed beyond a shadow of a doubt that the modern ID movement, and its first textbook Of Pandas and People, were functionally and definitionally identical to the “creation science” ideas that were ruled out of public school science classrooms in 1987. He later says:
Darwinism claims, for example, that matter evolved from non-matter – i.e., something from nothing…Darwinism suggests our physical universe and its operations happened by chance and accident…
No, you blockhead. There is no such thing as “Darwinism”, any more than there is “Einsteinism” or “Newtonism”. There is only the theory of evolution. It is ridiculous to continue to use the label “Darwinism” to mean “atheism”. Darwin wrote nothing about the origin of the Earth, or of the universe. He wrote about biology, and that is all that evolutionary theory addresses. When will these cretins learn?