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March for Science or March for Scientism? Discovery Institute Joins Heritage Foundation, April 19

David Klinghoffer

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As we’ve observed already (here and here), the April 22 March for Science seems set to be, despite the name, a march for conformity. Right there on on the National Mall and hundreds of other protest locations, the public is going to get an eyeful of how the trusted name of science has been weaponized to suppress legitimate debate.

We’ve been talking about that for years, but now it’s going to receive major media treatment, not least if, as seems quite possible, the event is marred by violence.

Against that backdrop, on April 19 Discovery Institute and Heritage Foundation will join forces for a provocative event in Washington, DC, “March for Science or March for Scientism? Understanding the Real Threats to Science in America.” Discovery’s Stephen Meyer, Jay Richards, and Wesley Smith will speak on a panel with Heritage Foundation policy analyst Katie Tubb, hosted by coalition relations director Jordan Hess.

The description hits the mark:

On April 22, thousands of demonstrators are expected to converge on the National Mall for a “March for Science.”  Although the March is officially being described as non-partisan and open to diverse views, many participants are using it as an opportunity to delegitimize scientific and policy disagreements over climate change, evolution, fossil fuels, and other issues.  At this event, a panel of experts will explore the real threats to good science in America, including the suppression of dissenting views, and the growing misuse of science as a club in the culture wars.

The venue is the Heritage Foundation’s Allison Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC. Time: 12 to 1:30 pm. The event will be streamed live online, but to attend in person you must RSVP. Go here to do so.

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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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