Ah, yes. We’re in Oklahoma now…actually for a few days now. Go Tulsa! A couple brief things before we get to Paul Nelson and Intelligent Design.
1. If you are a business in Oklahoma, don’t use the phrase “an OK __________” for your publicity. We’ve passed all kinds of “we’re an OK Inn”, “an OK place to stay”, “Bob’s Ribs, we’re OK “…. Stop it; it makes you seem mediocre. I know you mean you’re a great place to eat, state pride and all, but really. To outsiders it just seems funny.
2. Fix your highways. You’re not as bad as my home state of Missouri, but you’re getting there. Super bumpy for hundreds of miles.
Okay, now for Nelson. Driving to Oklahoma City, I was scanning the dial looking for NPR and instead came across 95.1 FM (I believe they’re out of Stillwater, but I could be wrong–never caught their tag). The on-air personality was interviewing Paul Nelson. What are the odds that I would hear his name during my brief pass through that frequency? Lucky me, huh?
Well, I certainly learned a few things, let me tell you. I learned that Judge John E. Jone’s decision in the Dover case will certainly be found “in the dustbin of history”. I learned that the case was not a setback for the ID movement, no! Rather it is a boon, a veritible guide to the promised land. A latern in the dark to show the way for the movement.
Now, you may ask, “the way to what?” I certainly did. Well, here’s the funny thing. After several minutes of listening to Mr. Nelson, I have no idea. At first I thought it might be “the way to legitimate research.” But then Mr. Nelson said that the evidence and research supporting ID are exhaustive and “overwhelming”. So, that way has apparently already been forged–no work left to do. Then I thought, “no, it’s the way into the mainstream consciousness and legitimate social and political dialogue.” But, dashing my hopes again, Mr. Nelson told me that the ID movement is accepted wholeheartedly across many (if not most) demographics. What then could the way be?
Finally, after teasing me for almost 15 minutes, I got my answer. The on-air guy at the station started to pontificate about the current state of biological science being so clearly wrong in almost every way that it was only a moron that would believe what scientists had to say. This was a point that Nelson also made frequently. Strange how Nelson never offered even a hint of what, where, or why that evidence is. And, more strangely, the interviewer–a journalist I would guess–never asked a question of him that would lead to finding any of that evidence. But then, al was clear–we don’t need to look for evidence, they were going to supply it to us. This is where the interviewer illuminated the way:
All I had to do was buy the DVD: “Unlocking the Mystery of Life“. Now, that’s all the evidence you need.
Why don’t we know these things in Missouri??? Why do I have to travel to Oklahoma to get an education??? Why??? Why??? Why??? Oh, the humanity…(uh, is that the right term?) of it all!