Like Jason Rosenhouse I Grow Weary of ID. The song and dance hasn’t changed since I started vaguely paying attention to it in 1999. I still read the ID blogs, and I see stupidity run amok, but I can’t get myself excited about explaining the stupidity. It’s tiring, and it doesn’t seem to fix anything.
I felt a little the same after Kris Kobach lost in 2004. The fight against the religious authoritarians lost its excitement. The cast of characters I tracked for that story haven’t been any more successful elsewhere than they were in Kansas. Maybe they’ll make a return, but I couldn’t sustain a blog on that material.
Of course, neither the Christian Reconstructionist movement nor IDC are going anywhere. Both are going to hang around for a while yet, gradually evolving into whatever they’ll become. I wonder whether picking on every little foolishness of these groups just keeps them in the public eye, and whether they do absurd things just to get attention.
We still have two Board of Education elections in Kansas where creationists need to get booted out, Don Weiss and Jack Wempe need to win. And in Ohio, Tom Sawyer ought to replace Deborah Owens-Fink in Ohio. It’s important. Just as replacing authoritarians like JIm Ryun is important, too. Not least because it would be one less person who thinks local school boards are “the appropriate place to make the decision” about whether to teach accurate science.
I look forward to moving on to the next thing.
Update: Yeah, it wasn’t Ed. My bad.