“…Goodness, I could spend several weeks teaching about intelligent design creationism – it would be great fun and I’m sure the kids would enjoy it.”
HB 291: keping misooree stoopit (January 24, 2013)
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. “ (February 8, 2013)
The term “cdesign proponentsists” came into being following the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial in Pennsylvania over the legitimacy of teaching intelligent design as science.
A crucial piece of the defense (pro-intelligent design) was a book called Of Pandas and People which was marketed as a science textbook for middle and high school children. During the trial, previous copies of the book were subpoenaed for review. It was demonstrated that, whenever previous versions of the book had the terms “creationist” or “creationism” or some similar form, it had been replaced in almost all cases with the terms “design proponents” and “intelligent design” in later editions….
….Investigations subsequent to the case showed that, in one particular case, an editor had apparently copied and pasted “design proponents” over the word “creationists” but in doing so had pasted over only part of the latter, resulting in a weird neologism, “cdesign proponentsists”….
Game, set, match (from a commenter at Washington Monthly – Missouri’s Creationism Legislation Introduced by “Science Buff”):
Paul Burnett on Sat 9 Feb 2013 10:47 AM
That’s actually not a bad idea. Tell the students all about the Dover Trial, and how the judge ruled that creationists lie under oath. Discuss how the creationists’ star witness said under oath that for intelligent design creationism to be accepted as science, the definition of “science” would have to be so dumbed down that astrology could also be defined as “science.”
Explain that after the 1987 US Supreme Court ruling against “creation science,” a band of fundagelicals got together at several venues, including the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles (now hiding under the stealth name “BIOLA University) and invented the current form of intelligent design creationism.
Explain how the term “cdesign proponentsists” (Google the term if you’re not familiar with it – it’s a great story) came to happen and how the publisher of “Of Pandas and People” lied under oath that his company was not a religious publisher, only to be handed an IRS “religious exemption” form with his signature on it.
Show the kids the position papers from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academies of Science and all the other actual science organizations denouncing intelligent design creationism as a pseudoscience – look up the Wikipedia article “List of scientific societies explicitly rejecting intelligent design”.
Goodness, I could spend several weeks teaching about intelligent design creationism – it would be great fun and I’m sure the kids would enjoy it.
Heh. Unintended consequences.