Truth in Science material
"Non-believers must be challenged in such a way that they can no longer hide behind the delusion that science has disproved the existence of God. TIS seeks to encourage scientists to present the truth fairly and to expose as charlatans those who deliberately mislead. Our aim is to compliment the work of existing Creation groups by targeting education in particular." - Truth in Science objectives, from Take Heed Ministries newsletter, March 2004.
The material sent by Truth in Science to heads of science departments in the UK has been fully reviewed by Chris Hyland of Science Just Science.
It appears that much of the content was provided by California-based Illustra Media which Chris states is linked to Discovery Media Productions, who’s mission is “to utilize every form of available media to present the reality of God's existence through compelling scientific evidence and academic research".
In fact, Illustra Media appears to be one and the same organisation as Discovery Media Productions and has drawn heavily on the fellows and output of the Discovery Institute as well.
The three main employees of the organisation are, as far as its web site suggests, Lan Allen, Jim Adams and Jerry Harned who have previously worked for the Moody Institute of Science. However, take a look at Stephen Meyer's CV here which shows that he has been a consultant to Illustra Media/Discovery Media Productions. Meyer is, of course, director of the Discovery Institute's Centre for Science and Culture, the prime organisation advocating Intelligent Design.
Chris Hyland also adds that the dominionist right-wing Christian group Focus on the Family, whose mission is "to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in disseminating the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible, and, specifically, to accomplish that objective by helping to preserve traditional values and the institution of the family", also claims to have been involved in publishing the material.
Dominionism is closely associated with Rousas Rushdoony who advocated a political regime where those who disagreed with his religious opinions would be murdered. Rushdoony was partly financed by and closely associated with Howard Ahmanson who also continues to substantially finance the Discovery Institute.
Focus on the Family, is a leading advocate of Intelligent Design.
This is what Wikipedia has to say about it:
Focus on the Family has been a prominent supporter of intelligent design, publishing pro-intelligent design articles in its Citizen magazine and selling intelligent design videos on its website. Focus on the Family co-published the intelligent design videotape Unlocking the Mystery of Life
with the Discovery Institute
, hub of the intelligent design movement
. Focus on the Family employee Mark Hartwig is also a fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture
, a connection which has helped to publicize intelligent design extensively; James Dobson
often features intelligent design proponents on his Focus on the Family radio program.
Truth in Science is not as extreme as Rushdoony but is on record as saying that those who disagree with its creationist pseudo-science are "charlatans" and must be "confronted".
For the record, Hyland received the Truth in Science material on 21st September and provided a preliminary outline before we, and Science Just Science members, wrote to our MPs and the national press complaining about TiS' escapade.
Hyland found that he had already seen the DVD material as far back as March 2006. It is therefore palpably dishonest of Truth in Science to suggest that the nature of the content of the DVDs sent to teachers was not understood by us before either SJS or BCSE members followed up with letters to the national press and MPs.
Moreover, Truth in Science's web site had made amply clear the general direction of the material, including its foundation on Intelligent Design. As the web site is also clearly intended to "help" teachers we concluded, rightly, that the material there was basically presenting the same information, pseudo-science and position as the material posted to teachers.
Hyland has identified some 21 serious scientific errors and misrepresentations in the TiS material sent to teachers. This should not surprise anyone. Take a look, for example, at this article By Dr Steven D. Schafersman,
President, Texas Citizens for Science.
One Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) affiliate in the USA has refused to broadcast Illustra Media material and the organisation has been strongly criticised by the country's National Centre for Science Education.
(Note: the National Center for Science Education is a separate organisation from the BCSE. However, it is providing us with active support and advice.)