Which creationist was the most nauseating?
From the NCSE:
When it comes to dissing evolution (and science in general) there’s no lack of volunteers. How to decide which among them is the worst?
Enter the intelligently designed UpChucky Award, which recognizes supreme achievement in the field of persistently rejecting evolution in the most stomach-turning way imaginable. This crown of cluelessness, this diadem of density, this badge of bullpucky isn’t awarded to just any Darwin doubter. The UpChucky is bestowed on that one creationist whose efforts in the preceding year would inspire Darwin (or any rational person) to “drive the porcelain bus”.
Don McLeroy, former chair, Texas Board of Education. Don is a dentist and when he’s not drillin’, he’s fillin’ the Texas Board with an amalgam of misinformation and misunderstanding about evolution. His numbing effect on the board is accompanied by a
high-pitched whine–the sound of Don drilling holes in Texas state science standards. (Thankfully, Texas voters just booted McLeroy off the board.)
Notable Don quote: “Somebody’s got to stand up to experts!”
Ray Comfort, Living Waters, Los Angeles-based evangelist Ray Comfort was best known for an unintentionally comic video with former child star Kirk Cameron about the divine design of the banana. Then Ray had a revelation: Darwin’s Origin was in the public domain! Why not distribute the work–with a
“special” introduction blaming Darwin for Hitler–to college students nationwide? Why not indeed? But the tainted tome was roasted by critics and Comfort accused of plagiarism.
Notable Ray quote: “Behold the atheist’s nightmare! Now, if you study a well-made banana, you’ll find…”
Casey Luskin, Discovery Institute. Casey Luskin, according to his masters at the Discovery Institute, helps “educators and policymakers nationwide to teaching (sic) evolution accurately.” (We presume some words are missing–perhaps “establish
barriers”?) This is a task to which he brings a logorrheic zeal, penning nearly 700 blog posts and press releases in the last five years.
Notable Casey quote: When asked if intelligent design–as mentioned in a proposed Florida law–constituted “scientific information”, Luskin dithered, saying, “In my personal opinion, I think it does. But the intent of this bill is not to settle that question. The intent of this bill is…it protects the ‘teaching of scientific information.'”
Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera isn’t a source of quality science journalism on its best day, but its coverage of the scientific papers about “Ardi” Ardipithecus
ramidus) really cranked up the reality distortion field. The headline: “Ardi Refutes Darwin’s Theory”.
Notable quote: “[American scientists]…announced yesterday that Ardi’s discovery proves that humans did not evolve from ancestors that resemble chimpanzees, which refutes the longstanding assumption that humans
evolved from monkeys.”
And the winner is…Don McLeroy! (Chunderous applause.)
Said Steve Mirsky, who announced the coveted UpChucky award during a ceremony held in conjunction with the 2010 AAAS convention in San Diego:
“The amazing thing about Don is that he’s a dentist who spends all his time–when he’s not destroying academic standards in Texas–working with some of the primary evidence of human evolution. Teeth! Whole fossil
lineages can be defined by their teeth! Don doesn’t get that. He’s clearly a worthy winner of the first annual UpChucky award.”
More details and links at the National Center for Science Education.
Web site: www.ncse.com