Make no mistake. If the Christian Right have their way, creationism will be taught as science in every school in America.
The wedge strategy is a political and social action plan authored by the Discovery Institute, the hub of the intelligent design movement. The strategy was put forth in a Discovery Institute manifesto known as the Wedge Document, which describes a broad social, political, and academic agenda whose ultimate goal is to defeat materialism, naturalism, evolution, and “reverse the stifling materialist world view and replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.” The strategy also aims to affirm what it calls “God’s reality.” Its goal is to change American culture by shaping public policy to reflect conservative Christian, namely evangelical Protestant, values. The wedge metaphor is attributed to Phillip E. Johnson and depicts a metal wedge splitting a log to represent an aggressive public relations program to create an opening for the supernatural in the public’s understanding of science.
Intelligent design is the religious belief that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not a naturalistic process such as natural selection. Implicit in the intelligent design doctrine is a redefining of science and how it is conducted (see theistic science). Wedge strategy proponents are opposed to materialism, naturalism, and evolution, and have made the removal of each from how science is conducted and taught an explicit goal. The strategy was originally brought to the public’s attention when the Wedge Document was leaked on the Web. The Wedge strategy forms the governing basis of a wide range of Discovery Institute intelligent design campaigns. – Wikipedia
Drafted in 1998 by Discovery Institute staff, the Wedge Document first appeared publicly after it was posted to the World Wide Web on February 5, 1999 by Tim Rhodes, having been shared with him in late January 1999 by Matt Duss, a part-time employee of a Seattle-based international human-resources firm. There Duss had been given a document to copy titled The Wedge and marked “Top Secret” and “Not For Distribution.”
Discovery Institute co-founder and CSC Vice President Stephen C. Meyer eventually acknowledged the Institute as the source of the document. The Institute still seeks to downplay its significance, saying “Conspiracy theorists in the media continue to recycle the urban legend of the ‘Wedge’ document”. The Institute also portrays the scientific community’s reaction to the Wedge document as driven by “Darwinist Paranoia.” Despite insisting that intelligent design is not a form of creationism, the Discovery Institute chose to use an image of Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, depicting God reaching out to impart life from his finger into Adam. Meyer once claimed that the Wedge Document was stolen from the Discovery Institute’s offices.
The Institute’s timetable has already been surpassed and with the help of certain Republican Right wingnuts, they hope they will soon have a very good hold on the educational system on the U.S. Read the document for yourself and be afraid. Be very afraid.
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