Category Archives: creationism

Textbooks and Texas

by Greg Mayer Paul Waldman, writing about the perennial attempts to keep science out of Texas schools, perceptively asks, “What about the textbook companies?” …how can the people who work at a publisher in good conscience agree to write a biology textbook that treats evolution as a wild, unsupported idea? What if the Texas Board […]

Let a thousand ignoramuses bloom: Texas creationist wants pro-evolution texts adopted!

(Perhaps the plural is “ignorami”?) As you may know, the Texas State Board of Education is holding hearings this week for new biology textbooks. This is always a farce, enlivened not only by the testimony of religious creationists (an obvious tautology), some of who approach frothing lunacy in their testimony, but also by the sympathetic […]

The New York Times hosts a superfluous debate on evolution vs. creationism, including more dumb accusations that science is based on faith

In a “Room for debate” feature in yesterday’s New York Times, seven scholars and public figures weigh in on the question, “Should creationism be controversial?” It’s dispiriting because it’s a complete waste of space. No points are made that haven’t been made before, and the debate is largely about how we can deal with the […]

Odious Ray Comfort movie (watch it below) to be distributed in public schools

The following information comes from PR Newswire, so it’s just a press release from Ray Comfort’s “Living Waters” organization; but according to that, kids at Hollywood High School are about to get a free creationist e-treat: On August 13, students entering Hollywood High School will be given a DVD that shows top evolutionary scientists unable […]

The depressing news

Here are the nine Amazon best-sellers in organic evolution.  Three of them are creationist books: No doubt the Discovery Institute is delighted that their creationist “God caused the Cambrian Explosion” book is at the top, but that just speaks to the immensely larger number of evolution-deniers than evolution believers among the American public. Still, the […]

A comment from a friend

Another post that made it above the fold, but not to the comments. I love the closing: I think you are an evolution FANATIC or TERRORIST. Why is that you can never see anything good in the Creationists. Though,the Evolutionaryts(scientists?) Can learn a lot from the religionists,vice versa. You should continue with your evolution theories […]

Discovery Institute attacks Ball State’s prohibition on teaching intelligent design

I was going to write a longer analysis of the Discovery Institute’s outraged response to yesterday’s decision by BSU president Jo Ann M. Gora to disallow the teaching of intelligent design in science classes, but why bother? They lost (i.e., science won), and despite their rumblings and threats, the issue is basically settled. If you’re […]

BSU spokeswoman hints at what will happen to Hedin’s class

Today’s Muncie Star-Press has reprinted the letter from President Gora of Ball State University (see just below), and adds this statement: BSU spokeswoman Joan Todd told The Star Press this afternoon that the university is limited in what it can say because the review of the course is “a personnel matter.” Todd issued this statement: […]

Ball State University president unequivocally rejects intelligent design; not good news for Eric Hedin or the Discovery Institute

This email was sent today by Ball State University (BSU) president Jo Ann M. Gora to all her faculty and students.  It unequivocally rejects the teaching of intelligent design and religious ideas in BSU science classes (I’ve put the relevant parts in bold). It looks like Eric Hedin will no longer be able to push […]

Creationism once again threatens Texas schools

In May a Texas state bill that fostered creationism—by mandating that neither teachers nor students could be penalized for teaching or doing research on intelligent design or “alternate theories” (which could presumably include young-earth creationism)—died in committee. Here’s the relevant section of Texas HB00285: Sec.A51.979.A A PROHIBITION OF DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RESEARCH RELATED TO INTELLIGENT […]

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