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William Dembski on Ann Coulter’s Godless

A few days ago, given that light of the “intelligent design” creationism movement, William Dembski, had bragged about how much he had helped Ann Coulter write the chapters in her latest screed (Godless: The Church of Liberalism) attacking evolution, I had wondered what he might think now of being associated with her, given some of what we now know to be also in her book, such as her vicious attacks on liberals in general and certain 9/11 widows in particular (“I have never seen people enjoying their husband’s death so much” and “now that their shelf life is dwindling, they’d better hurry up and appear in Playboy”).

Now I know:

Having been a sounding board for Ann Coulter on chapters 8-10 of GODLESS, I’m happy to see the entire book now that it is out. Ann is taking Phillip Johnson’s message as developed in DARWIN ON TRIAL and REASON IN THE BALANCE and bringing it home to the masses. Critics will dismiss it for its hyperbole, lack of nuance, and in-your-face attitude. But she has the gist just right, which is that materialism (she calls it liberalism) dominates our culture despite being held by only a minority of the populace and has become an agenda among our elites (academy, scientists, media) for total worldview reprogramming. Close to half the book is devoted to science and evolution. I cannot help but feel that GODLESS will propel our issues in the public consciousness like nothing to date. Phil Johnson’s DARWIN ON TRIAL took ten years to sell 300,000 copies. I expect Ann will sell more than that in ten weeks.

“Total worldview reprogramming”? What the heck does he mean by that? Besides, couldn’t one equally make the argument that religious fundamentalists have an even more rigid “total worldview program” than those eeevilll liberals that Ann vents her spleen on so often?

The bottom line is that Dembski doesn’t seem to care about the viciousness of the other parts of Coulter’s book, as long as it sells a lot of copies and brings his ID creationist propaganda to the masses. In his post, he sounds downright overjoyed, Coulter’s intentional trolling for reactions by using the most despicable rhetoric be damned!

Anything for the cause, eh Bill?

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