Pharyngula

Standard creationist tactics, as expected

Two days ago I was asked to participate in a radio debate with a Discovery Institute fellow. I asked about the topic and the format, and they said, “the evidence of Evolution vs. evidence of Intelligent Design” and “each would get a 5 minute opening statement and then we would debate the issues brought out in the opening statements.” OK, sure, I said, while rolling my eyes at the ridiculous expectations.

I’m supposed to call in in an hour and a half. I just got this email.

I just received an e-mail from Dr. Simmons requesting the title of the debate to change to “Are Darwin’s Theories Fact or Faith Issues?” When you agreed to the debate I proposed the title and format to you but did not consult with Dr. Simmons. I was corresponding with you while I was in the middle of a show that day and didn’t think to pass that specific information to Dr. Simmons. When he learned of the original title he requested this change but sent it to our Producer last night and I just learned of it now.

Well, isn’t this just so incredibly typical of frauds? Bait and switch, juggle the terms, move the goalposts, play games.

The show will go on. I had absolutely no respect for my opponent’s intellectual honesty in the first place, so I can’t argue that this has diminished it.

Comments

  1. #1 lone.pilgrim
    January 31, 2008

    What’s to respond to in that DIdiot’s pointless ramble?

  2. #2 melatonin
    January 31, 2008

    Simmons: ‘big nasty scientist is being horrible to me’

    heh.

  3. #3 phantomreader42
    January 31, 2008

    HAven’t heard the recording yet, but PLEASE tell me you used this phrase:
    “I had absolutely no respect for my opponent’s intellectual honesty in the first place, so I can’t argue that this has diminished it.”