Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Centre For Intelligent Design opens in Glasgow

I notice that a new organisation calling itself the "Centre for Intelligent Design" has opened in Glasgow. Its first project is a speaking tour by prominent anti evolutionist Michael Behe.

Their website has no religious references on it, but after doing a bit of digging their domain name is registered to someone called Peter Loose. Maybe this is the same Peter Loose who according to this newsletter (pdf file)  previously organised a speaking tour by "Creation Scientists" from the fundamentalist Institute for Creation Research in 2005:

Dr. Andrew Snelling and Professor Phillip Johnson undertook a lengthy speaking tour throughout Great Britain from late October through mid-November. They spoke to over 8,000 people in 26 different venues. Peter Loose and the Elim churches of the United Kingdom who organized the tour were extremely pleased with the greater-than-expected turnout. Both public and church meetings were held during the tour. The largest meetings were held at the Kensington Temple Church in London and at Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh. Dr. Snelling was particularly thrilled to speak to the students at Emmanuel College in Newcastle-on-Tyne. This government-funded school had produced great controversy because it teaches creation. Evolutionists such as Richard Dawkins are indignant. Yet, this schoolis one of the best in the country, and Prime Minister Blair was supportive of the school in parliament two years ago.
The Centre for Intelligent Design seems to be an attempt to sanitise the religious message of creationism and get it into mainstream education where overtly religious organisations have failed.

I also note that they have set up their organisation as a charity on Guernsey meaning they do not need to disclose who their funders are. Maybe their funders are religious organisations? We simply don't know and this lack of transparency is troubling. If my  fears are correct this could be another example of Christians being "economical with the truth" which does not lend credibility to their core beliefs about God (who apparently has a strong interested in truth).

More to follow (I suspect).