Richard Dawkins has a huge list of well-wishers, but William Dembski is unhappy — he sent a birthday greeting, and rushed to complain on Uncommon Descent that it wasn’t posted. Alas, it was, and we can all see what an insincere and sarcastic and snide comment he sent. Richard Hughes gets a gold star for his comment:

If you can’t find your name in an alphabetical list, you might want to stop looking for evidence for god in bacterial flagellum.


  1. #1 Steve_C
    March 26, 2007

    It’s also interesting that people stopped commenting over at UD around 4:40… PZ posted this at 5. Sure is quiet there now.

  2. #2 Steve_C
    March 26, 2007

    Dembski embraces Darwin and Dawkins-to resign from the Discovery Institute shortly!

  3. #3 Alison
    March 26, 2007

    Poor Dembski. Nobody appreciates him. Maybe he’s a tad bit peeved because he’s being forced for the first time in ages to work for his money – teaching a class – and he’s taking it out on Mr. Dawkins?

    Of course, it could also be that since UD is the ultimate bannination site on the web, that he’s pre-emptively claiming to have been censored so all the IDiots can then point and wave and complain that nobody ELSE gets complaints when other sites delete THEIR posts! To paraphrase Stephen Colbert, boy, do they have egg on their faces!

  4. #4 Mike
    March 26, 2007

    Somehow is it satisfying to see Dembski show publicly what a very, very small man he is. I’d lay money that Dawkins’ reaction to it will be to laugh out loud. I know mine was.

  5. #5 Glen Davidson
    March 26, 2007

    It’s worth noting that his “birthday greeting” was just a bit of lame irony that he posted on his increasingly uninteresting blog:

    No particular reason why such tripe ought to be included (probably a big reason why he thought it wasn’t–btw, it is weird how the birthday wishes are alphabetically listed by first name on Dawkins site), but it was, apparently as a matter of routine.

    It seems that he thinks it’s clever writing, when unfortunately it really is pretty much just a knock-off of some overwrought rhetoric by some silly evolutionists. But of course one needn’t look at evolution as Dennett does, nor do most scientists.

    Glen D

  6. #6 Timcol
    March 26, 2007

    I followed the link above and went to the Richards Dawkins site, and it took me all of about 10 seconds to find Dembski’s name. Yes, the sorting order (first name followed by last name), threw me for a second or two. But there it is, entry number 3332.

    Wait a minute – did it say 3332? Hmmm….my CSI detector just twitched…I know, let me get out my Super-ID-Enhanced Industrial Strength Design Filter and see what I can find:

    3332 = 333 * 2 = 666!!!! I knew it…

  7. #7 Torbjörn Larsson
    March 27, 2007

    Maybe he expected the preferred spelling, “Dumbski”.

    windy, we have also the more damning

    “the ID thing doesn’t work out”
    – William Dembski

  8. #8 Charlie B.
    March 27, 2007

    Amusing that several times more people wished Dawkins a Happy Birthday than signed the “Dissent from Darwinism” thingy… amused me, anyway.

  9. #9 Kristine
    March 27, 2007

    Gotta admit, that comment is pure gold! 😉

    Yeah, but Kristine can shimmy her way out of trouble.

    I think Bill Dembski is the real contortionist here! He’s finally acknowledged the, er, mistake I believe, in his incomparably grousing manner. Jeepers, last year Dembski gave thanks to God for Dawkins on Dawkins’ birthday in his (Dembski’s) total warfare sarcastic manner. Lighten up a little, there, Bill.

    What did he expect, a fart animation in return? *Writes Dembski’s birthday down in calendar* No promises.

  10. #10 mountaindan
    March 29, 2007

    I just posted this at his site:

    “Ummm…your post is incorrect. Your greeting was posted, here:

    within this:

    It called research…of course this might have been difficult as it was using that evil liberal education brainwashing system known as ALPHABETICAL ORDER.”

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