August 2005 ÌÎ_Ì´å CENSORING GOD: Why is the science establishment so threatened by the intelligent design movement?
The theory of evolution and how it should be taught in the nation's schools ÌÎ_Ì´å a crucial debate now erupting in divisive controversy in state after state ÌÎ_Ì´å is the topic of the groundbreaking August 2005 edition of Whistleblower.
The issue is titled "CENSORING GOD: Why is the science establishment so threatened by the intelligent design movement?"
Most Americans have been led to believe the evolution debate is a tug of war between science and religion ÌÎ_Ì´å a view that originated with the Scopes "monkey trial," immortalized by the mega-hit movie "Inherit the Wind." In the film, ignorant and near-rabid Christian fundamentalists come close to lynching a courageous high school teacher named Bertram Cates. In fact, in the opening scene, the Christian mob marches to the high school where Scopes is teaching evolution, has him arrested and jailed, burns the young teacher in effigy and throws a rock through the jail window, injuring him.
But the movie was pure propaganda. In real life, the teacher, John Scopes, never spent any time in jail, never paid a fine ÌÎ_Ì´å in fact, apparently never even taught evolution. The whole affair was instigated, not by "Christian fundamentalists," but by the ACLU, which was eager to challenge Tennessee's Butler Act that prohibited the teaching that humans descended from lower orders of animals. Although the film depicted drooling religious nuts singing about hanging Scopes' famous lawyer Clarence Darrow from a tree, in real life the townspeople gave Darrow a banquet, with the lawyer later writing that he had "been better treated, kindlier and more hospitably" than he could have imagined.
Ironically, it is only now, in today's America ÌÎ_Ì´å almost 90 years after the famed 1925 "monkey trial" ÌÎ_Ì´å that the scary specter of censorship and persecution raised by "Inherit the Wind" is actually occurring. Just like in the movie, intolerant guardians of sacred orthodoxy are persecuting high school science teachers. Keepers of the faith ÌÎ_Ì´å gravely offended at the slightest challenge ÌÎ_Ì´å insist on unquestioning adherence to the accepted teachings, shunning and persecuting any who dare to buck the established order. Freedom of academic inquiry is unwelcome.
But in a bizarre twist, in 2005 it is the evolutionists who are the agitated defenders of orthodoxy. And it is science teachers ÌÎ_Ì´å at least those who dare to inform their students of any fact or evidence that tends to contradict or undermine the evolution theory ÌÎ_Ì´å that are today's "John Scopeses."
For years, it seems, the press has had a hard time reporting accurately on the evolution debate. WND is breaking the mold with this issue of Whistleblower, which reveals, perhaps for the first time in a journalistic publication, what the controversy is really all about. This issue is guaranteed to provide some surprises and powerful new insights, even to those who are already familiar with the subject.
Highlights of "CENSORING GOD" include:
- "Do we really seek the truth?" by Joseph Farah, on the current challenges to evolution
- "Censorship!" by David Kupelian, profiling high school teachers persecuted, not for teaching creationism or intelligent design, but simply for pointing out bona fide scientific arguments and evidence that are unfavorable to the evolution theory
- "Explosive memo reveals Darwinist strategy for Kansas" by Jack Cashill, showing how evolution proponents schemed to portray challengers as "political opportunists, evangelical activists and ignoramuses"
- "What is 'intelligent design'?" by Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., in which a top ID proponent provides an in-depth exploration of the subject, separating the myths from the reality
- "Smithsonian in uproar over intelligent design article" by Art Moore, on how a museum researcher's career was threatened after he published an article favorable to intelligent design
- "5 myths about the debate over evolution" by Robert Crowther of the Discovery Institute
- "400 scientists skeptical of Darwin," calling evolution theory "the great white elephant of contemporary thought"
- "Hoodwinked by DarwinÌÎ_Ì´åÇs heirs," in which Jack Cashill shows why evolution theory has attracted so many fraudsters right from the start
- "Darwin defender retracts 'libelous' claims" ÌÎ_Ì´å in which a top evolution educator admits she publicly defamed a parent/activist opposed to evolution-only teaching
- "Are we designs or occurrences? And should science and government prejudge the question?" ÌÎ_Ì´å a comprehensive and highly insightful look behind the great debate over origins ÌÎ_Ì´å by John H. Calvert
- "The case for an Intelligent Designer" by James Perloff, a stunning look at how, all throughout history, the vast majority of great scientists have believed in God as the great Designer
- "The evolution matrix" by David Kupelian, an eye-opening comparison of the ways people perceived nature before and after the advent of Darwin's theory
"I thought I understood the basics of this subject before undertaking this Whistleblower issue," said David Kupelian, managing editor of WND and Whistleblower. "But I learned so much from this month's edition ÌÎ_Ì´å in fact, for the first time I really grasped how political, agenda-driven and unscientific the science establishment can be!"
"There are very few issues as important as the subject of origins and what we are teaching our children about it," added Joseph Farah, founder and editor of WND and Whistleblower. "What we believe in this area affects everything else, our entire worldview. It affects our religious beliefs, our view of the proper role of government, even our views regarding the sacredness of life itself. For that reason, August's Whistleblower edition is absolutely a must-read. You simply will not see the evolution debate the same way after reading this issue."
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