Peter Irons sent along this link, a fundraising letter from Foundation for Thought and Ethics (FTE) founder Jon Buell. FTE is the group that put out Of Pandas and People and is now trying its damnedest to put out The Design of Life, the next edition of Pandas. But they’re out of money to do so and they’re begging for more. And to make it really funny, while lamenting the fact that they’re broke and can’t even put out this book, they’re claiming to have us “Darwinists” right where they want us.
This is a really funny letter. It’s so disconnected from reality that it could form the basis for a clinical analysis of delusion. And the delusions start right from the second paragraph:
The Darwinists believe they are losing. Why else would they politicize an academic debate, take it into courts, and punish skeptics?
Oh, of course. Our side politicized it. Hilarious. We weren’t the ones who put out the Wedge Document. We weren’t the ones who went around the country lobbying school boards and state legislatures to put ID into public schools. We weren’t the ones went from school to school trying to get them to put Pandas into science classrooms, promising to represent them for free. We weren’t the ones who hired the PR firm that represented the Swift Boat Vets. Those things were all done by the other side. Hell, we’ve had a difficult time getting scientists to think politically at all in response to the very aggressive political campaign from the ID movement.
And fascinating facts are surfacing. Careful analysis reveals that 90.9% of Judge John E. Jones’s verdict was lifted, almost verbatim, including the errors, from the ACLU’s submitted “Findings of Fact.” The opinion is not his own analysis at all.
There ya go, Jon. Grab hold of that lie and repeat it over and over again until people believe it. Never mind that it has been thoroughly debunked repeatedly. The truth doesn’t matter, only truthiness does.
The stage is set for The Design of Life:
* The manuscript is complete. The book itself is a phenomenon.
Except that it doesn’t actually exist. And unless they can raise $200,000, it isn’t going to exist. But things are going really well for the ID movement, honest! They’ve lost a huge Federal court case, they’ve seen their few wins, like Ohio and Kansas, get reversed. They still haven’t managed to put out a single research paper that supports ID, or even come up with a positive theory that might provoke such research. But things are going great and they’re on the verge of winning – if you just send them some cash.
But now comes the big finish:
Whether for the sake of the school children you see out romping over the Christmas vacation, or for the future of America, the West, and of civilization, there could be no greater reason to reach out, seize a great vision, and embrace it as the cause that you will fight for, bleed for, deny yourself for, take risks for, and champion among your friends.
The Design of Life is ready to go to press, but we are out of funds. We need $200,000 to put this critical message on paper and in front of our culture.
Jawohl! You must be willing to bleed for this cause! The future of civilization itself demands your blood! Jon, don’t you think you’re pouring it on a little thick here? You might as well claim that “Darwinists” are gonna marry their sister, smoke marijuana and rape white women.
Through the tremendous strengths of Bill Dembski and his extraordinary co-author, Dr. Jonathan Wells, you can positively and forcefully impact tens, or even hundreds of thousands of lives.
Just like the hundreds of thousands of lives that have been impacted by Jonathan Wells’ savior, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a man who runs perhaps the world’s largest and most dangerous cult, a cult wedded to power in governments around the world. Ours included. Hey, Moon has billions. Why not hit him up for the 200K? He spends hundreds of millions to push right wing political causes. Hell, you’ve already taken funding from Christian Reconstructionists, why not take it from a Korean fascist as well?