Peroutka: Teaching Evolution is ‘Disloyalty to America’

Right Wing Watch found a video of Michael Peroutka, former presidential candidate of the Constitution Party and a confirmed Christian theocrat, saying that evolution is "dangerous" and "anti-American" that teaching evolution or an old age for the earth is "disloyalty to America." This video really must be seen to be believed. … [Read more...]

How to Expose Creationist Science Teachers

Hemant has the story of a 500 page book that a public school science teacher gave to his students to teach them creationism instead of evolution. That was about a decade ago, but the book itself just became available. It's every bit as bad as you might imagine. This went on for 15 years before someone finally exposed it, anonymously. If no one blows the whistle on it, this kind of thing can go on forever. And we know from surveys that an astonishing percentage of science teachers are really … [Read more...]

If Attorneys Argued Like Creationists

I had this idea come to me during a discussion in a hangout recently. Imagine for a moment that a defense attorney in a murder case used the kind of argument that young earth creationists use against, say, radiometric dating. In response to every piece of evidence presented, they would name all the "assumptions" being made. … [Read more...]

The Carroll-Craig Debate

The video of the debate between cosmologist Sean Carroll and William Lane Craig is finally up. I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but people I respect a lot thought that Carroll really put Craig on the defensive in a way that few others have. Video below the fold. … [Read more...]

IN Biology Teacher Using Hovind Videos in Class

A high school biology teacher in Goshen, Indiana (just across the Michigan border) has apparently been showing videos from Kent Hovind to his classes. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has written a letter to the school demanding that it be stopped. … [Read more...]

Perkins Babbles About Science

Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council and a man of staggering ignorance and dishonesty, babbled incoherently about evolution and climate change on his radio show this week. Evolution is wrong because he can list some phrases he doesn't understand at all and there's more evidence for God sending bad weather than for global warming. … [Read more...]

Awesome New Cambrian Fossil Find

Scientists have announced an incredible find, a fossil bed in the same formation as the Burgess Shale that contains a staggering number of well-preserved, soft-bodied organisms that should provide a massive amount of new data to fill in some gaps in the fossil record of the Cambrian era. … [Read more...]

Why People Don’t Accept Evolution

Cameron Smith has an interesting column in the Skeptical Inquirer that I think makes a valuable point. People have a difficult time accepting evolution even if they aren't particularly religious. Why? At least partly because our brains seem biased against non-teleological thinking: … [Read more...]

Worldnetdaily Reviews the Ham-Nye Debate

The Worldnetdaily had some guy named Tom Flannery write a review of the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham and the results are pretty much exactly what you'd expect. He repeats a bunch of falsehoods from Ham and adds a few new ones, all of them debunked long ago. … [Read more...]

Things Creationists Say

Buzzfeed asked a bunch of creationists who were at the Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate on Tuesday to make some signs with questions they'd like to ask of those who accept evolution. The results were pretty much exactly what you'd expect, which was serious ignorance. Like this one: … [Read more...]

CMI: Darwin Day is Unconstitutional!

Creation Ministries International, like most Christian right groups, has a rather bizarre conception of what the First Amendment means. In the delusional world they inhabit, it's not a violation of the Establishment Clause to teach their religion in public schools, but it is a violation for Congress to commemorate the achievements of Charles Darwin. Rep. Rush Holt is sponsoring a Congressional resolution to honor Darwin Day, which has no chance of passing, and CMI is throwing a tantrum over it. … [Read more...]

The Extraordinary Dishonesty of Creationists

I watched only a little bit of the Ken Ham - Bill Nye creationism "debate," enough to be highly irritated by both participants. But one part of what I did watch really jumped out at me from Ham, his ridiculous attempt to dismiss the results of a brilliant experiment by Richard Lenski. Let me give some background first. … [Read more...]