It’s been many years since I’d heard anything about Joseph Mastropaolo, an annoying young earth creationist troll who shows up on blogs promoting science, demands that you debate him and then declares you a “debate dodger” (he used to keep a list online) if you don’t. I can’t imagine why the Guardian decided to give him this attention.
A California creationist is offering a $10,000 challenge to anyone who can prove in front of a judge that science contradicts the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis.
Dr Joseph Mastropaolo, who says he has set up the contest, the Literal Genesis Trial, in the hope of improving the quality of arguments between creationists and evolutionists, has pledged to put $10,000 of his own money into an escrow account before the debate. His competitor would be expected to do the same. The winner would take the $20,000 balance.
The argument would not be made in a formal court, but under an alternative dispute resolution model known as a minitrial. Mastropaolo said he would present the argument in favor of a literal interpretation of the creation story once he had found a willing scientist to argue that a non-literal interpretation of Genesis is more scientific.
“They [evolutionists] are not stupid people, they are bright, but they are bright enough to know there is no scientific evidence they can give in a minitrial,” Mastropaolo said.
*yawn* Yeah, we’ve heard this act for a decade now and it doesn’t get any more interesting. Seriously, leave this jerk under the rock where you found him. There’s no reason a major newspaper should be promoting his brand of stupidity.