(First published on my blog 22nd June 2007).
The "BCSE Revealed" blog is generally dedicated to research; if you're new, you can check out the past posts for various damning documentations of the true identity, nature and aims of the "British Centre for Science Education".
In this article, though, I want to ask what the BCSE might do in future.
The Journey So Far
To come up with any kind of ball-park answer to that question, we need to ask where the BCSE have been so far.
The BCSE launched in October 2006, lobbying MPs, newspapers and others, presenting itself as a body of competent experts. However, "BCSE Revealed" soon started showing the reality: the BCSE was nothing more than a few individuals with a website; none of them with any experience in science education, and none of them actually practising scientists. Rather, the vast majority of them were campaigning atheists, humanists and secularists - generally of the Richard Dawkins "all religion is stupidity" variety.
I won't bore you by going where we've already been; if you don't know about the BCSE's catalogue of attempts to deceive the public, tell outright lies in trying to cover its tracks and intimidate those who would expose it into silence, then you can always check the archives. The basic facts, though are these: since launching, the BCSE has not grown, but has shrunk; it has not attracted the wider (i.e. beyond anti-Christian activists) support base it desired, but hardened. It has not established itself as any kind of credible player, but now pulls in fewer visitors to its website and forum than shortly after it first launched.
So where from here? Having seen the BCSE leadership's handiwork over the last months, I don't think they're capable of morphing into a serious body without becoming something totally unrecognisable. The sheer anti-religious bigotry of individuals like BCSE leaders Roger Stanyard, Brian Jordan and Ian Lowe means simply that it is impossible for them to appear in public again in any organisation that hopes to be taken seriously. For the BCSE to recover from their efforts, they'd have to leave; but without them, the BCSE wouldn't be able to go on existing. What might the BCSE try instead, then? As far as I can see, the following are the options. I think that the BCSE are pretty reality blind, and instead of realising that it's all over, they might try one or more of these band-aids:
Update December 2007 : What actually happened? A bit of a mix of the above predictions turned out to be correct. The BCSE re-arranged the deck-chairs by changing the design of its website; it attempted a merger with another similar group which didn't work out; and it continued to dwindle as members left, leaving it pretty much as nothing more than a seven-men-and-a-website talking shop.