Thursday, March 05, 2009

Discovery Institute also upset with the Vatican

Now - the Discovery Institute is upset with the Vatican - for not getting enough attention at the conference: Biological Evolution-Facts and Theories. Ok - so if the Vatican has managed to upset both Harun Yahya's group and the Discovery Institute - then they must be doing something right (for plenty of wrong - see Vatican's position on stem cells and other bioethical issues). But here is another strange thing: The Disco. Institute is blaming the Templeton Foundation for its omission:
A Vatican-backed conference on evolution is under attack from people who weren't invited to participate: those espousing creationism and intelligent design.

The Discovery Institute, the main organization supporting intelligent design research, says it was shut out from presenting its views because the meeting was funded in part by the John Templeton Foundation, a major U.S. nonprofit that has criticized the intelligent design movement.

Now the Templeton Foundation has usually been on the receiving end of the criticism from scientists. But if the Disco. Institute is blaming them - then they must be doing something right here. It is difficult to keep things straight. Whats next? Rush Limbaugh criticizing the Vatican for the evolution conference?


Anonymous said...

Mr. Chapman has scouted out all the nefarious connections, found that the organizers of the conference all consider creation science and Intelligent Design as nothing more than pseudo-science, and is therefore convinced that, since their "pockets are lined" by the Templeton Foundation, this somehow proves that the views expressed at the conference on ID do not reflect “views of the Vatican” nor the views of the Pope, nor orthodox Catholic teaching.

I think Mr. Chapman would serve his Church well by studying the teachings of his Church and by listening to her leaders on this matter, rather than exerting great effort to further his own “Discovery Institute” enterprise, even though it wold probably undercut the profits of the Institute. His pocketbook might get thinner, but his soul would be enlarged…

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