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Defeating the Discovery Institute
On May 8, 1998 we
heard that Roger DeHart, a science teacher employed in our high school,
creationism. We later discovered that he was a fundamentalist and was
concert with fundamentalist foundations worth millions of dollars
who make it their business to generate questionable evidence and fund
Specifically, DeHart is supported by
The Discovery Institute
and the Rutherford Institute,
two very active organizations who decry the separation of church and
We first received news of Roger DeHart and his work with the
Discovery Institute (DI)
when one of our members attended
a class on creationism
sponsored at a local church. Mr. DeHart spoke at one of the classes.
Knowing that DeHart was employed by our high school, we were immediately
concerned that DeHart may have been lecturing in his classes that which he
was lecturing that morning.
At that time, most of us in the BECSE, (Burlington-Edison Committee for
Science Education), had never heard of the Discovery Institute. As time
went by - and soon will be clear - the DI was providing DeHart with his
materials, and educating him on how to subvert science in subtle ways that
appeared to be legitimate biology.
Instead of combating DeHart alone, it became
our task was to defeat the DI. Over the past 3 years, our knowledge of
evolution and creationism has grown. It is now clear to us that our best
efforts to combat local creationism will be to assist others to fight
local creationism as well. In short, BECSE seeks to combat national
creationism. Our goal with this website is to reach out to other
communities who are facing anti-science pressure and assist them in their
efforts to defend quality science.
The DI has many members, most of whom hold
advanced degrees in fields from law and literature to science and
mathematics. The one thing they seem to have in common is the desire to
move our world back into the dark ages where scientific observations were
allowed to be explained by supernatural miracles.
A document entitled The Wedge,
was published. It lays out a twenty year plan for achieving their
goals, which is to have religion control not only science, but also
everyday life, laws, and education.
We are a small town community in a rural county. The members of the BECSE
come from many walks of life and many spiritual points of view. To be
confronted with the DI
- and their reconstructionist agenda -
was frightening. The DI has a budget of millions of dollars. They have a
lot of education and titles that impress people which they use for
political clout. But, in order for them to win, their teacher here in
Burlington must be allowed to teach their materials. At this point in
time, Mr. DeHart is not allowed to teach creationism or Intelligent Design
in any form. The DI is being defeated in our town, and they can be
defeated in yours as well.
National Center for Science
Education (NCSE) and the ACLU
have been invaluable to us. Contact your local ACLU, the NCSE and us.
(Here is the ACLU press release on our fight.)
Donít be afraid of the big bad Discovery Institute. They can be defeated.
Committee for Science Education
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