Stephen Meyer Asks: There Will Always Be an England…Or Will There?


It was as a PhD student at Cambridge University that Center for Science & Culture director Stephen Meyer incubated his Darwin skepticism and began to develop his arguments for intelligent design. So it comes as little surprise that Meyer has a special affection for Britain, and for the special relationship between the U.K. and the U.S.

With the vote just a week away on Brexit — the proposal that Britain leave the European Union — Meyer weighs in with judicious articles at National Review Online and The Stream, outlining what’s at stake:

America’s closest ally, Great Britain, stands on the brink of a profound decision, one that could determine whether it remains the free, prosperous democracy that has worked closely with the United States since World War II, or goes on morphing into something much smaller and sadder — a bullied province of that unaccountable oligarchy called the European Union.

Britain will make the decision next Thursday, in a referendum to exit the EU. The odds are looking stronger every day that the “Leave” voters will prevail. The Independent (U.K.) reports, “The campaign to take Britain out of the EU has opened up a remarkable 10-point lead over the Remain camp, according to an exclusive poll.”

British voters will decide, in short, whether they will continue to be engulfed by the creeping political unification of Europe.

The evolution debate isn’t an issue here, of course. But there are certain overlapping themes — notably skepticism, freedom, and independence versus lockstep homogenization and always having to look over your shoulder in concern about what a distant, bullying authority might say. Don’t you think?

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David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.



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