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March for Science and for…ISIS?

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Well, it’s one perspective, I suppose. The good folks at the official Twitter account for the April 22 March for Science responded to the U.S. dropping a huge bomb on an ISIS tunnel complex with a shout out to ISIS, aka the Islamic State, remarking on the lamentable “example of how science is weaponized against marginalized people.” This was soon deleted, but not before gimlet-eyed observers took note.

So let’s see here, “Science Says” horrific terrorists are actually “marginalized people,” worthy of our sympathy? Needless to say, political and military questions are not in our portfolio at Evolution News, but… good gravy.

Alex Berezow reflects on what might be a startling peek into the mindset of the “science” marchers — startling, that is, if we didn’t already know that the March for Science is shaping up to be a march where science, the image and prestige of it, is weaponized on behalf of amorphous left-wing disgruntlement.

As we’ve often had occasion to reflect, what goes by the name of “science” is increasingly a shambling parody, pursuing other goals and agendas totally independent of the objective search for truth that most of us identify with real science. It’s “zombie science,” in Jonathan Wells’s phrase. Splayed on TV and computer screens for all the world to see, the March for Science looks like it will be a massive, perhaps helpful reminder of that.

Oh yes, the public is going to get a good eyeful.

Meanwhile, if you’re in the Washington, D.C., area ahead of the March, don’t forget to join us at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, April 19, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm for a panel discussion of “March for Science or March for Scientism? Understanding the Real Threats to Science in America.” The event is co-sponsored by Discovery Institute, and our colleagues Stephen Meyer, Jay Richards, and Wesley Smith will all participate.

Photo: MOAB bomb, by U.S. Department of Defense [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.