…then they wouldn’t have to keep secrets. The remarkable thing about ID creationists (and young earthers too) is that they can’t be honest. Because ID creationism has no predictive power (except for the parts where ‘standard’ evolutionary theory is operative), they are forced to fall back on slogans such as “teach the controversy.” Granted, most don’t care about science at all, but, instead, want to use ID as a battering ram to further a social and theological agenda. Amanda summarizes this very nicely:
…it’s not unusual to hear a story about creationists keeping a shroud of secrecy around their activities and internal communications, because they know full well that if they don’t work by subterfuge, they will fail because everyone will know how crazy they are….
I’m completely unsurprised that they’re afraid to expose it [the movie Expelled] to critics, and would point out that this privileging of the truth of what they really think to true believers is endemic to wingnutty… The anti-choice movement really has two tiers of knowledge: The understanding shared internally that all contraception, premarital sex, and sex education is wrong and the way they portray themselves to outsiders as people who are just very interested in babies.
The greatest con theopolitical conservatives ever pulled was getting their religious views defined as the cultural ‘default setting’ when, in fact, most people aren’t fundamentalist Christians. And the way they did that was by lying.
Gratuitous self-promotion: Speaking of creationism, I’m giving a talk tomorrow at the Boston Skeptics meeting about how to go on the offensive against creationism.