Apparently a couple months ago, the Council of Europe decided to blast intelligent design in favor of materialism (see the full report here). Thank God this was tabled, as reported by the Discovery Institute in August (see here).
Yahoo news reports that the vote is back on, however. The CoE even goes so far as to say that intelligent design is a “threat to human rights.” There’s a good takedown of this here, but I do want to add my two cents.
Apart from the Machiavellian tactics of trying to outlaw dissenting views, we also see some horrendously fallacious thinking. The truth or falsity of a claim does not rest on whether it is good or bad for society. Materialists make this argument quite often – just bring up Hitler on an evolutionist site and you’ll see what I mean. Yet, they try to employ that tactic against ID. ID is wrong, you see, because it would be bad for society. This is ridiculous, and not just because it is fallacious thinking. The only thing that ID would be bad for would be their materialism. We should be seeking the truth, not seeking to protect materialist philosophy.