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British Scientists Fight Creationism

The Guardian reports that prominent British scientists are stepping up their response to creationism in schools there. Prominent scientists, including Sir David Attenborough and Richard Dawkins, have called on the government to toughen its guidance on the promotion of creationism in classrooms, accusing “religious fundamentalists” of portraying it as scientific theory in publicly funded schools.…

A Pyrrhic Victory in Texas?

My friends at the Texas Freedom Network are celebrating the passage of a bill in Texas that they say will reduce the influence of the State Board of Education on textbook purchases: The new law establishes an “instructional materials allotment” for each school district. Districts can use their allotments to continue buying state-approved textbooks as…

Dennis Prager Hearts Me

Get a load of this hilariously mis-aimed email I just received: Dear Ed, Greetings on behalf of Dennis Prager and the entire faculty at Prager University! In case you weren’t already aware, Prager University seeks to create a better understanding and appreciation of our unique American Judeo-Christian value system by leveraging the viral power of…

Clarence Darrow on Eugenics

John Pieret, an old friend of this blog, has reprinted a 1926 article written by Clarence Darrow where he condemns the idea of eugenics in terms both brilliant and devastating. One of the things that jumps out is how similar the rhetoric was then and now, only with different ethnic groups being the target.

You’re gonna love this press release from some apologist named J. Paul Hutchins, who claims that the Hubble telescope confirmed the creation account in Genesis. Since Biblical times, people have put their trust in the Genesis account of creation. In recent years however, some have challenged the account and say there is no scientific evidence…

Congratulations, Nick Matzke

I’d just like to congratulation Nick Matzke for having apparently replaced Daniel Dennett in the four horsemen of the atheist apocalypse, at least according to Gil Dodgen in one of the silliest essays I’ve ever read. I’ll give you his whole argument: “Atheism is closed-minded to the truth of Christianity, while Christianity is open-minded to…

Another Pointless Creationist Prize

Our friends over at William Dembski’s Home for Wayward Sycophants have posted yet another creationist monetary challenge, a whole thousand dollars. Here’s the challenge: ID is often disparaged as “creationism in a cheap tuxedo.” One assumes the point being made is that ID is a stalking horse for theistic creationists. Now, as has been explained…

Elsberry 1, Washington 0

Ellis Washington decides to take on my good friend Wes Elsberry in his latest insipid column at the Worldnutdaily and it doesn’t end well for him. It’s little more than a litany of tired platitudes about evolution being an atheist plot to destroy God with a few silly lies scattered about. If you doubt the…

Sarfati’s YEC Nonsense

Someone sent me a link to this interview with young earth creationist Jonathan Sarfati, which is full of the kind egregious crap we’ve grown accustomed to from YECs like him. Tulsa World: How strong is the scientific evidence for classical Darwinian evolution? Sarfati: You can’t make a good argument for it. Even going back in…

Ringer Continues His Absurdity

The Worldnutdaily columnist who recently waxed stupid about evolution, Robert Ringer, is back at it again. Just try to figure out the “reasoning” behind arguments like this: Some readers argued that the first-cause argument doesn’t fly because it leads to the question of what caused the first cause. But I see this unanswerable question as…