Monday, January 10, 2005

Creationists and Theocrats...

Salon has a great piece today on the creationist controversy in Dover, PA.

I knew about the "wedgie" strategy, and the frauds like Dembski and Behe, but what I didn't know is this (from the above link):

...the Center for Science and Culture laid the groundwork years before [the Dover controversy]. The group provides the "scientific" and philosophical arguments to bolster the opponents of evolution in local political struggles.

CSC operates out of the Discovery Institute, a Seattle think tank that's funded in part by savings and loan heir Howard Ahmanson. As Max Blumenthal reported in a 2004 Salon article, Ahmanson spent 20 years on the board of R.J. Rushdoony's Chalcedon Foundation, a theocratic outfit that advocates the replacement of American civil law with biblical law.

The Chalcedon Foundation is basically an anti-American group that believes they are "called to exercise godly dominion in every sphere with which they come into contact," and that "the notion of godly dominionism has been revived in the United States," and finally,

Chalcedon supports only one form of "racism": God blesses, nourishes, and honors the Royal Race of the Redeemed, all of those of whatever physical race that have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and God curses the race of the First Adam, all of those who live in unbelief, rebellion, and works-based righteousness (Rom. 5:12-21). This is the only "racial discrimination" the Bible knows anything about.

In other words, this group works actively to foster special rights for reformed Christians.

Their more egregious items have been hidden recently by requiring logins, and might actually be worth the registration to find out what they're up to.

But you can still find traces of the stench...these guys advocate putting people who are non-reformed Christians to death it seems:

It should be noted that Deuteronomy 13:5-18 does not call for the death penalty for unbelief or heresy. It condemns false prophets (vv. 1-5) who seek to lead the people, with signs and wonders, into idolatry. It does condemn individuals who secretly try to start a movement into idolatry (vv. 6-11). It does condemn cities which establish another religion and subvert the law-order of the nation (vv. 13-18), and this condemnation must be enforced by man to turn away the judgment of God (v. 17)." R.J. Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, (Nutley, NJ: Craig Press, 1973), pp. 38-39.

All in all, when you say "Center for Science and Culture," you're talking about some people who are as un-American as they can be.

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