My dear friend Genie Scott has announced her retirement as the executive director of the National Center for Science Education at the end of this year. A peaceful retirement is certainly something she has well-earned after 26 years of leading the organization and doing more to protect science education than anyone else I can think …
Category Archive: Evolution and Creationism
May 11 2013
May 03 2013
Uh oh, you guys. We evil atheists have made Ken Ham angry. You see, we “lashed out” at a Christian school in South Carolina after an image of a truly ridiculous “science” test given at the school was made public online and went viral. And now he’s clutching his pearls over it all. He even …
Apr 27 2013
Someone on Facebook pointed me to the Conservapedia entry on the National Center for Science Education and it’s rather amusing. The first sentence is going to leave you scratching your head a bit, though. It certainly does me. See if you can figure out what the hell this means:
Apr 24 2013
The ACLU is trying to get a Kansas school district to cancel a mandatory school assembly put on by the Creation Truth Foundation, an Oklahoma creationist group. The assembly is going to be about dinosaurs, which this group claims were in the Bible and lived alongside human beings.
Apr 24 2013
Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel bravely leaps into the field of science and, unsurprisingly, lands with a resounding thud. Read these two paragraphs, which betray either complete ignorance of the big bang and evolutionary theories or the deliberate construction of an absurd straw man:
Apr 23 2013
I’ve noted before how amusing the Conservapedia article about me is. Previously, pretty much the only thing it said about me was that I was overweight. Now they’ve added a bit more detail to that, including the fact that I have often made fun of Chuck Norris:
Mar 31 2013
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 …
Mar 29 2013
During the oral argument on the Prop 8 case, Justice Scalia trotted out the tired old “gosh, this same-sex marriage stuff is so new that we have no idea what effect it will have” argument and he claimed that this was a matter of some controversy among sociologists.
Mar 24 2013
Ray Comfort is now writing a weekly column for the Worldnutdaily and, after a couple months of it, I’m struck by just how entirely vapid they are. The columns are supposed to be responses to statements from atheists, but he doesn’t even attempt to make an actual argument. Like this one, in response to a …
Mar 22 2013
There’s a Darwin museum in Moscow (opened before the communist revolution, actually) and a group of Russian Orthodox creationists protested outside of it recently, handing out fliers that were every bit as ridiculous as the ones the creationists hand out in this country.
Mar 16 2013
Jerry Newcombe, spokesman for Truth in Action Ministries (formerly Coral Ridge Ministries, led by the late D. James Kennedy), has a column in the Worldnutdaily defending the idea that there was a literal Adam and Eve like the Bible says. He presents no evidence for this, of course, merely saying that he believes that because …
Mar 14 2013
Ken Ham loves to criticize his fellow fundamentalists whenever they deviate from his young earth creationist beliefs, accusing them of undermining belief in the Bible unless they interpret it exactly as he did. His latest target is Robert Jeffress, who thinks Adam and Eve were real people but accepts that the age of the universe …
Mar 11 2013
Duane Gish, one of the most infamous young earth creationists in the world, passed away a few days ago at the age of 92. Gish was known for inventing the classic creationist debating strategy known as the “Gish Gallop” (or as I prefer, the Hovind Hustle). Answers in Genesis, unsurprisingly, greatly inflates his personal attributes:
Mar 10 2013
In his latest Worldnutdaily column, Ray Comfort takes dead aim at evolution and, predictably, completely misses the mark. It’s a weak effort even from a creationist, really. It’s nothing more than a bunch of ignorant blather and an attempt to shift the burden of proof.
Feb 24 2013
The National Center for Science Education has announced the winners of the 2013 Friend of Darwin awards. I think this is a change in the way they give out such awards. The tradition has been to ambush people at conferences and give them the award when they least expect it. That’s how I got mine. …