Creationist Karl L Dahlstrom won't get $58-m from Dawkins

Creationist Karl L Dahlstrom won't get $58-m from Dawkins January 9, 2016

Back in the mists of time – 1989 to be precise – Richard Dawkins wrote in a New York Times book review that ‘It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that).
Well, Karl L. Dahlstrom, co-author of a 2013  anti-evolution book called The Organized Universe: Exclusive Scientific Proof that Darwinism is a Fraud, claimed that Dawkins had directly targeted him, and claimed in a lawsuit launched last year that had had suffered “emotional distress” and financial loss as a result of Dawkins’ attack :

Plaintiff Karl L. Dahlstrom not only does not believe in Evolution, but he is the only individual on earth in the history of man that has scientifically disproven Evolution.
This makes Karl L. Dahlstrom the number one candidate for Richard Dawkins attack, even though Karl L. Dahlstrom, i.e., the ‘somebody’, could not be ignorant, stupid, or insane or wicked as scientifically proven by the book, The Organized Universe by Karl L. Dahlstrom with C. Phillip Clegg.
Thus, the allegations or accusations/statement that Karl L. Dahlstrom, i.e. “somebody”, who does not believe in Evolution is ignorant, stupid, or insane or wicked is totally incorrect and false with results being a tort or worse against the Plaintiff Karl L. Dahlstrom.
Richard Dawkins has caused millions of persons to be prejudiced and biased against Karl L. Dahlstrom and injured his reputation and subjected him to hatred, contempt, ridicule and financial injury from persons not exposed to the truth about Darwinian Evolution and the position Plaintiff Karl L. Dahlstrom has taken on this issue.

When Dahlstrom, from Texas, filed his lawsuit, Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta pointed out that the crackpot:

Is demanding that Dawkins pay him $8 million in actual damages and $50 million in punitive damages – numbers he’s pulling out of his ass, as far as I can tell.
Furthermore, he wants Dawkins to publicly apologize and destroy ‘by fire or shredding’ every publication that includes the statement. So every copy of a New York Times from 1989. He wants every online mention of that statement gone as well.

This week a court in Texas kicked the lawsuit into the long grass. The judgement says that:

The Plaintiff offers nothing more than his own far-fetched rhetoric that Dawkins’ statement refers to and was intended to personally harm him.
Plaintiff does not dispute, and in fact admits, that Dawkins has repeatedly made this same general statement in his books, at conferences, in interviews and debates, and that on its face, the statement does not attack any particular individual, but merely references ‘somebody’ …
Plaintiff’s allegations – that Defendant Dawkins’ statement about evolution referred to and was intended to harm Plaintiff – amount to nothing more than unsubstantiated conclusions, they are not entitled to assumption of the truth.

On Amazon, which offers Dahlstrom’s two-star book for a mere $19.95, a reviewer called Joseph Pancheri wrote:

It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane or wicked.

Amazon tells us this about the creationist:

Karl Dahlstrom is a modern Renaissance man: author, inventor, educator, legal researcher, scientist and contrarian to conventional thought. Although he is degreed (an MS in physics), his prodigious talents lie in ‘thinking outside the box’ and finding hidden truths.


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