I don’t think I’ll be posting anything else today, I’m pretty beat from the daily routine and it’s time to chillax. However, I have had one thought in my head today that I’ve wanted to get out on the ‘tubes. There aren’t really any firm conclusions here, I’ve just had some suspicions about the IDers new tactics in the post-Dover legal climate.
It basically comes down to this: intelligent design has been a pretty decisive failure in its stated goals thus far. The attempt to establish an image as a credible science and sneak creationism back into (primarily secondary) public schools has been met with a pretty firm rebuke by the courts. There has been a solidifying consensus that the creationists aren’t done, and they’re simply going to reformulate their strategy for undermining the teaching of evolution in high school. That is, move on to requiring students to hear “evidence that contradicts Darwin” and publishing books with misleading titles like Explore Evolution.
However, since Dover we’ve seen more moves toward other targets. There is of course the movie Expelled, which is one long cry of “persecution!” There has also been the hay made over incidents like Guillermo Gonzales’ tenure denial at ISU and Robert Marks’ “Evolutionary Informatics” lab being taken off the Baylor University server. What you’ll notice about these attacks is that they’re concentrated not on secondary schools, but the higher academy.
In case you can’t see it already, my suspicion here is that the anti-evolutionists aren’t reinvesting in another strategy for sneaking creationism back into high school. My guess is that what is developing here is a Horowitz style attack on the higher academy. Remember that the Wedge Document is primarily concerned with overturning “materialism and its cultural legacies,” with the academy always having been seen pretty much as the apotheosis of such. It’s not too much of a stretch to think that the next step may be laws like Horowitz’ “Academic Bill of Rights”, which would be more or less attempts to hamstring academics in their teaching and/or force them to adopt anti-evolution faculty.