It seems I can’t get away from this amusing little story. Thanks to one of my readers for reminding me that JoMo and Karl Priest’s challenge was featured about a year ago in an article by Richard Dawkins about why he doesn’t bother to debate with creationists. He even reprints the e-mail he was sent, which was of course identical to the one that all of the others have been sent. Though I’m not exactly a fan of Dawkins, I… Read more

The Great Separation recently posted an article with the headline “A New Hero Emerges and Plants Another 10 Commandments Monument”. It then links to a Worldnetdaily article about Vernon Robinson, the Winston-Salem city council member who placed a 2000 pound monument with the Ten Commandments on it in front of city hall on Monday while it was closed for the Martin Luther King holiday. The monument was removed the next day at the city’s expense because, obviously, Robinson didn’t have… Read more

The saga of Joseph Mastrapaolo’s $10,000 challenge to evolutionary scientists continues. As I noted a few days ago, the True.Origins webpage removed the “debate dodgers” article that so childishly attacked evolutionary scholars who didn’t respond to their already-defeated challenge to prove their case in a court of law (though I recently found another version of the article here). I sent an e-mail to Tim Wallace, who runs True.Origins, and asked why it was removed. He replied that it was removed… Read more

In today’s Carnival of the Vanities is a link to an article on this blog about a strange church/state ruling. The facts of the case are that the Byron, California school district has a very controversial 3 week unit in their World History class for middle school students in which, in order to teach them about the history of Islam, they have students memorize and recite Muslim prayers from the Quran, simulate Muslim worship and even participate in some sort… Read more

In a posting last week, I discussed a challenge that has been made by Joseph Mastrapaolo to pretty much everyone he can find who defends evolution. After sending out this challenge and getting no response from scientists who have better things to do with their time than play JoMo’s absurd little game, the True.Origins archive predictably posted an article crowing about the lack of response and claiming that those who were challenged were “debate dodgers” who knew they couldn’t win…. Read more

It is appropriate that in the month of January, I have made so many entries about the Intelligent Design movement. January is named for Janus, the Roman god of gates, often depicted as having two faces. The more I study the ID movement, the more convinced I am that Janus is the perfect symbol for it. Indeed, the two-faced nature of the ID movement is, ironically, by design. This was the nature of the strategy that was devised by Phillip… Read more

Intelligent Design Creationists are actively working in several states and at the federal level to get their ideas into public school science classrooms. In their famous Wedge Document, the Discovery Institute’s strategic blueprint for overthrowing materialistic science, Phase 1 was supposed to be “Scientific Research, Writing and Publication.” Indeed, they say that without this, everything that follows will be hollow:Phase I is the essential component of everything that comes afterward. Without solid scholarship, research and argument, the project would be… Read more

The True.Origins website – a ripoff of the Talk.Origins Archive that I’m involved with – has posted an article about “debate dodgers”. This is something that is quite common in creationist circles – make a ridiculous “challenge” to their opponents and then crow about how cowardly those heathen infidel evilutionists are not to take them up on it. This is merely the latest round of this well-worn tactic and it comes, not surprisingly to anyone who has followed the issue… Read more

Intelligent design advocates have been furiously busy trying to find a way to sneak their views into science classrooms around the country. In Kansas, Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and several other states, they have tried a variety of tactics to get in to the curriculum. But if this is any indication of what they want to do with education, I’m not sure whether to be alarmed or amused…. William Dembski is one of the leading voices of the IDC… Read more

The first link on my list of other blogs is Jason Van Steenwyk’s Iraqnow blog. Jason is an Army officer serving in Iraq around Ramadi. Unlike most of the military bloggers, Jason is an excellent writer with a degree in literature and an engaging mind. His blog is enormously valuable because it gives us a picture of what life on the ground is like for the troops serving there. The best thing about his blog, in my view, is that… Read more

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