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Happy Intelligent Design Day!

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We evolutionists had our big day on 12 February, when we celebrated the birthday of Charles Darwin. It seems only fair, then, that the Intelligent Design creationists should also have a special day, when we contemplate their special style of ‘science’. I think today, the 15th of February, is an appropriate day.

Today is John Frum Day.

It’s a holy day to Cargo Cultists, those Pacific islanders who believed that erecting symbolic runways and effigies of airplanes would summon a return of the cargo, the riches of America. The Intelligent Design creationists have also put up a simulacrum, the Biologic Institute, with fume hoods and white lab coats, from which they hope to summon scientific credibility. They’ve also been fooled into thinking the appearance is the same as the substance.

Since literal Cargo Cultists aren’t a significant presence in the US, but creationists are, I suggest we appropriate this holiday and call it Intelligent Design Day. Don’t worry about going to any effort to celebrate it, though—all you have to do is pretend that you are celebrating it, just as the Intelligent Design creationists pretend that they’re doing science.

Comments

  1. #1 Torbj÷rn Larsson
    February 15, 2007

    I think I will continue to call it “John Frum” day, it is a funnier name on the instigating character than “Phillip E. Johnson”.

  2. #2 Torbj÷rn Larsson
    February 15, 2007

    I mean, sure we are pretty fun to pick on, but it gets kind of old after awhile.

    No, it’s sad really. That is why we have to look for the comical side.

  3. #3 Ichthyic
    February 15, 2007

    Opinions are opinions.

    then you have a lot to learn.

    define:

    educated opinion

    for me, would ya?

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