Hypocritical Darwinists shamelessly cozy up to religion
The National Center for Science Education, which despite its innocuous-sounding name is devoted to suppression of criticism of Darwinism in the public schools, has a vacancy for a full-time permanent position called "Faith Project Director". The online ad for the job says,
Faith Project Director
The National Center for Science Education, a non-profit organization that defends the teaching of evolution in the public schools, seeks candidates for the post of Faith Project Director.
The FPD's duties will include:
developing materials pertaining to evolution and religion for print and web;
representing NCSE to the faith community, in print and in person;
serving as liaison between NCSE and professional theological societies and religious organizations;
speaking to the press about issues involving evolution education and challenges to it;
counseling teachers, administrators, parents, and others facing challenges to evolution education.
Candidates should have either formal academic training in or extensive informal knowledge of theology, particularly as it relates to science. A record of involvement in or understanding of the creationism/evolution controversy is a plus. A scientific background, especially in biology or geology, and experience in science education at the high school level are desirable but not necessary. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, are necessary. Travel may be required.
Full-time permanent position with medical benefits in Oakland, California, to start as soon as possible. Salary commensurate with experience and competitive with similarly sized non-profits.
It is interesting that although candidates are expected to have strong backgrounds in theology, a scientific background in biology or geology is merely "desirable but not necessary." Also, the NCSE does not merely "[defend] the teaching of evolution in the public schools," but actively seeks to suppress the teaching and even the mere mention of criticism of evolution in the public schools.
Also, an article in Uncommon Descent says,
For IMMEDIATE RELEASE on October 12, 2005
Contact: Larry Caldwell
Lawsuit Alleges that Federally-Funded Evolution Website Violates Separation of Church and State by Using Religion to Promote Evolution
San Francisco, CA— A California parent, Jeanne Caldwell, is filing a federal lawsuit today against officials of the National Science Foundation and the University of California at Berkeley for spending more than $500,000 of federal money on a website that encourages teachers to use religion to promote evolution in violation of the First Amendment.
“In this stunning example of hypocrisy, the same people who so loudly proclaim that they oppose discussion of religion in science classes are clamoring for public school teachers to expressly use theology in order to convince students to support evolution,” said Larry Caldwell, President of Quality Science Education for All, who is co-counsel in the suit with the Pacific Justice Institute ......
The lawsuit also alleges that the website is being used to further the religious agenda of a private organization, the National Center for Science Education (NSCE), which has a “long history of religious advocacy” on the evolution issue. According to the suit, the NCSE, which helped design the website, provides religious “outreach” programs and “preaching” on evolution to churches, all aimed at convincing people of faith that there is no conflict between their religious beliefs and evolution.
There are other flagrant examples of Darwinists cozying up to religion, e.g., "Evolution Sunday" and the "Clergy Letter Project". The Clergy Letter that was signed by clergy members includes the following statement:
We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator. To argue that God’s loving plan of salvation for humanity precludes the full employment of the God-given faculty of reason is to attempt to limit God, an act of hubris.
Finally, there is Kenneth Miller, author of Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution, who as an expert witness in kitzmiller v. Dover and Selman v. Cobb County testified against the mere mention of criticism of Darwinism in public-school science classrooms.
There is now a double standard here: as I noted in my article "Aptly named 'Lemon test' sucks", "Darwinists like Kenneth Miller are free to express their religious beliefs and say that their belief in Darwinism is consistent with and even based upon their religious beliefs, but critics of Darwinism do not have this freedom." However, Darwinism's religious connections may someday backfire if a judge uses them as a basis for ruling that Darwinism is a religious concept.