First Sean Carroll went, and then Carl Zimmer. Neither wanted to be part of an organization that gave credibility to creationists like Michael Behe and Paul Nelson.
Now Phil Plait (of Bad Astronomy fame) has announced that he too will no longer appear on bloggingheads.tv:
But I’ll be more succinct. Bloggingheads had full-blown creationists being interviewed, making all the same long-debunked claims while the other person talking basically supported them. And BloggingHeads called that science.
So Bzzzzzzzt! I’m done with them. I was on BloggingHeads (with Carl) a few months ago, and I won’t ever do it again either. If they want to cast creationism as science, they might as well say Holocaust denial is real history, 9/11 truthers are engineers, and Birthers are patriots. They can do that, but it’s a crock.
So much for the virtues of accommodationism. If you pretend that religion has something to say about science, or if you present these two magisteria as coequals, those who have genuine respect for science — and integrity — are going to flee faster than rats on a sinking ship.
Update: There are actually four defectors: P. Z. Myers has also withdrawn.