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Discovery Institute’s Sad Attempt at Their Own “Day”

As most of us know, February 12th is Darwin Day. Darwin Day 2009 is gearing up to be a special one because it will be the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species.

The Discovery Institute, the organization of ID proponents that make sad and awkward attempts to masquerade ID as actual science, has decided to make February 12th a day of their own, Academic Freedom Day. And to be fair to one of my favorite SBM bloggers, ID here is Intelligent Design, not Infectious Diseases.

Academic Freedom Day is a day where “students everywhere can speak out against censorship and stand up for free speech by defending the right to debate the evidence for and against evolution.”

They even use a caricature of Darwin in their logo.

Basically, it’s just another pathetic attempt by the clowns at the Discovery Institute to spread their message. Darwin bad! Evolution bad! Creationism, er, intelligent design good!

These campaigns of misinformation remind me of anti-vaccinationists who seem to be more about being accepted in a social group gathered around a cause rather than looking at the actual science and coming to their own conclusions based on that. Jenny says vaccines hurt kids, we don’t like when kids are hurt, so Jenny is right, vaccines should not be given to children.

So what can you do to celebrate Academic Freedom Day? Well you can attend screenings of Ben Stein’s masterpiece, Expelled. Or you can participate in a video essay contest, of which I suspect most entries will actually be better than Expelled. Or you can start an ID club at your school. Fun.

Oh, and let’s not forget, you can buy merchandise. Yeah, Discovery Institute swag, awesome.

So where will I be on Academic Freedom Day? I’ll be partying and celebrating Darwin Day with my local skeptical organization.

6 comments to Discovery Institute’s Sad Attempt at Their Own “Day”

  • irishjazz

    Perhaps the coincidence of Lincoln and Darwin the February 12th birthday creates a little more space for this kind of idiocy perhaps. The Discovery Institute at present seems more diabolical as a stealth institution, pushing their anti-science agenda behind the scenes rather than out front establishing a shadow holiday.

    Anyone who watches CSPAN knows the amount of time an effort devoted to establishing various “days” to which no one pays any attention. The Orwellian misdirection of calling it “Academic Freedom Day” opens the possibility of having it hijacked by people who actually believe in academic freedom.

    But if 9-11 has taught us anything- to quote Quirk3K on the boards, it’s freedom’s just another word for French.

  • TomWoolf

    I thought they already had their own day… April 1st.

  • Jim Shaver

    Tom, they also have Christmas and Easter, unless you believe their claim that ID is not Christian creationism.


  • Exept for the fact that it would be paying them more attention than they deserve I would propose a competing “Academic Standards Day”, a day to promote what constitutes responsible teaching.

    That’s a day I could get behind.

  • jedischooldropout

    Seems to me like they’ve kind of opened the door to back-lash.

    I’ll be happy to celebrate Academic Freedom Day by teaching as much as I can about how full of B.S. The Discovery Institute, and by extension Intelligent Design, is.

  • DLC

    but, they have their “day” every Sunday.

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