Oh Boy, Another Creation Museum

Ken Ham's creation museum in Northern Kentucky is the most expensive and fanciest of its kind, but there are lots of smaller creation museums all over the country. Now there's a new one coming to Boise, Idaho, and the people behind it are predictably clueless. … [Read more...]

The Scopes Trial Still Fascinates

Rachel Maddux has an interesting article about the annual celebration of the Scopes trial in the town where it took place, Dayton, Tennessee. One of the things that most people don't understand about the trial is that it was almost entirely a show trial, engineered by both the town and the ACLU (the former for financial reasons, the latter for legal reasons). … [Read more...]

Joe the Plumber Found Noah’s Ark!

Okay, not really. But I just found this and had to laugh. On good ol' Joe's website there's a posting from December by a guy named Mark Martineau breathlessly proclaiming that Noah's Ark has been found -- and of course he can't believe that the evil...well, someone...has been "keeping us in the dark." … [Read more...]

SC Education Candidate Wants Creationism in Schools

Sheri Few, one of the many Republicans running to be the next superintendent of education in the state of South Carolina, thinks that schools should teach the "scientific theory of intelligent design" as an alternative to evolution. And she seems to have no idea what the word "objective" means. … [Read more...]

No Tax Breaks for Ark Park?

Answers in Genesis famously was given $43 million in tax breaks by the state of Kentucky a few years ago, but according to a local news site in that state those breaks have expired and they have had to reapply for them with a dramatically scaled-down project. … [Read more...]

Ken Ham Done Got Himself a Dinosaur

Ken Ham and the folks at the Creation Museum are very excited about fossil Allosaurus specimen that has been donated to them by the Peroutka Foundation, run by Christian Reconstructionist (read: religious fascist) Michael Peroutka. So excited that they're saying predictably dumb things about it: … [Read more...]

Robertson vs the YECs. Again.

Remember the Pink Floyd album A Momentary Lapse of Reason? Pat Robertson occasionally has momentary lapses of unreason, especially when he tells young earth creationists that they're completely full of shit. He did so again on the 700 Club this week, saying that you have to be "deaf, dumb and blind" to believe that the earth is only 6000 years old. … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer Disproves Evolution

Bryan Fischer thinks he has disproved evolution. And it might be true for certain values of "disproved," but he seems to have no idea what that word means. It's disproved, he says, because the Bible would be wrong if it were true. Wow, such a compelling argument. … [Read more...]

Freshwater Appeals to Supreme Court

Having lost at every level so far, creationist former science teacher John Freshwater has now filed a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court, which they will almost certainly deny. Richard Hoppe reports that the writ contains some serious inconsistencies with his previous claims in earlier phases of the case. The writ contains two questions they want the court to consider: … [Read more...]

Eric Hovind Just as Inane As His Father

With his father in prison, Eric Hovind has taken over the creationist franchise and is making arguments every bit as idiotic as dear old dad. With flooding in Pensacola, Florida, Eric is claiming that the mere fact that lots of rain washes away sand proves that the Grand Canyon could have been made the same way. Here's a video of him spouting this nonsense: … [Read more...]

NCSE Announces New Friend of Darwin Award Winners

The National Center for Science Education has announced this year's winners of the Friend of Darwin award, given to those "whose efforts to support NCSE and advance its goal of defending the teaching of evolution have been truly outstanding." I was very honored to have received this award myself in 2009 and this year it goes to the attorneys in the Dover case: Vic Walzcak, Eric Rothschild, Steve Harvey and Richard Katskee. Science journalist Faye Flam is also receiving the award. Congratulations … [Read more...]

OK Students Less Knowledgeable About Evolution After Class

I reported recently on the study of Oklahoma science teachers, which found that a sizable percentage of them don't understand evolution well enough to teach it accurately and effectively. Here's the result: Oklahoma students actually know less about evolution after taking a biology class than they were before. … [Read more...]