Thursday, December 22, 2005

Gordy Slack article on

Gordy Black has written a piece for on the Dover decision. He does not start the article promisingly, referring to the "constitutional separation of church and state" but he rights himself by writing a fairly insightful article. For example, he does make a point that ID proponents have hoped would go unnoticed:

Intelligent design did not spread through culture on its scientific merits. It got a big push from religious and political advocates. Funded by millions of dollars from some of the same religious supporters that helped put President Bush in the White House (conservatives like Philip F. Anschutz, Richard Mellon Scaife, and Howard and Roberta Ahmanson), the Discovery Institute has pushed a fringe academic movement onto virtually all the front pages and TV sets in the country. The New York Times has reported that the institute has granted $3.6 million in fellowships to 50 researchers since 1996. Those investments produced 50 books on intelligent design, innumerable articles, and two I.D. documentaries that were broadcast on public television.

As with the WaPo editorial, Slack makes the direct reference to the GOP Whitehouse. Salon's political views are even more left than the WaPo, so this is, again, not surprising. The point is, nonetheless, taken.

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