Dembski posted Penance among the pagans: Robert Wright grovels before George Johnson at UD. Quoting Dembski:
Go here for their Bloggingheads discussion, which really amounts to a confessional in which Wright is the penitent and Johnson the confessor. Wright can’t fall enough over himself for giving ID too much place at his Bloggingheads forum. Discourse in our culture has become truly pathetic.
Indeed. Discourse has become truly pathetic. Dembski is using a particular incident to focus attention on a broader societal problem. Grown men acting like little boys when caught running afoul of politically incorrect behavioral norms. It's time for those interested in more than gauging which way the wind is blowing, to man up and give a "what of it" response to the high priests who want to know why IDist so and so is allowed blogging time. It's time to let an accuser know in no uncertain terms that he is behaving like a first class jerk when insinuating that opposition to health care proposals has something to do with racism. In short it is time to take back free and open discourse from those who would quash it in the name of their pet concerns.
Johnson, when he’s not intoning “yeah” and “umh,” comes across as a condescending prig. He dismisses Michael Behe’s views on design because they “conveniently dovetail with his religious belief.” These atheists and agnostics really need to get out more. Don’t they realize that their Darwinian naturalism “conveniently dovetails with their unbelief”?
Exactly. Dembski puts his finger on the real wedge strategy. Pretend it is science motivating you to cover your metaphysical backside. Remember it is the religious types who dovetail. Not us. But if you slip up there is always the confessional.