Eric Hovind Just as Inane As His Father

With his father in prison, Eric Hovind has taken over the creationist franchise and is making arguments every bit as idiotic as dear old dad. With flooding in Pensacola, Florida, Eric is claiming that the mere fact that lots of rain washes away sand proves that the Grand Canyon could have been made the same way. Here’s a video of him spouting this nonsense:
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NCSE Announces New Friend of Darwin Award Winners

The National Center for Science Education has announced this year’s winners of the Friend of Darwin award, given to those “whose efforts to support NCSE and advance its goal of defending the teaching of evolution have been truly outstanding.” I was very honored to have received this award myself in 2009 and this year it goes to the attorneys in the Dover case: Vic Walzcak, Eric Rothschild, Steve Harvey and Richard Katskee. Science journalist Faye Flam is also receiving the award. Congratulations to Vic, Eric, Steve and Richard, all of whom should have been given this award long before I ever did.

OK Students Less Knowledgeable About Evolution After Class

I reported recently on the study of Oklahoma science teachers, which found that a sizable percentage of them don’t understand evolution well enough to teach it accurately and effectively. Here’s the result: Oklahoma students actually know less about evolution after taking a biology class than they were before.
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Cal Thomas’ Inane Views on Evolution

Cal Thomas was one of the founders of the Moral Majority and has been a longtime right-wing columnist in which he routinely spews incredibly stupid beliefs. Appearing on a Christian TV show recently he spewed some serious nonsense about how public schools are “re-education camps” run by “the enemy” and evolution will lead to killing the elderly.
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Ray Comfort Warns of Divine Judgment

Ray Comfort went on the Janet Mefferd show the other day and it’s a miracle that that much stupidity in one place didn’t create some sort of black hole that sucked the whole solar system into it. He says we’re inviting divine judgment because we teach evolution and that makes us have orgies and stuff.
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Meet the Wingnut Candidate: Aaron Miller

And we have another ignorant right wing candidate for Congress from the state of Minnesota. Aaron Miller is running for the House from Minnesota’s first congressional district against incumbent Democrat Rep. Tim Walz and he says he’s running in order to spare his daughter the horrors of learning about evolution in public schools.
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The Woolly Mammoth, Created on Day Six

You’ve probably heard by now about the idiotic controversy in South Carolina over a little girl’s suggestion that the state name the woolly mammoth the official state fossil. The creationists lost their minds over it and tried to block it, managing to get this bit of educational malpractice into the bill:
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Creationists Want Equal Time on Cosmos

Okay, this is just hilarious to me. Young earth creationists are whining that they’re not allowed to make their case on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s remake of Cosmos. It’s just unfair, you see, that he isn’t giving them equal time on his TV show. You know, like preachers always do in churches by letting scientists rebut their sermons every week.
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Peroutka: Teaching Evolution is ‘Disloyalty to America’

Right Wing Watch found a video of Michael Peroutka, former presidential candidate of the Constitution Party and a confirmed Christian theocrat, saying that evolution is “dangerous” and “anti-American” that teaching evolution or an old age for the earth is “disloyalty to America.” This video really must be seen to be believed.
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How to Expose Creationist Science Teachers

Hemant has the story of a 500 page book that a public school science teacher gave to his students to teach them creationism instead of evolution. That was about a decade ago, but the book itself just became available. It’s every bit as bad as you might imagine. This went on for 15 years before someone finally exposed it, anonymously. If no one blows the whistle on it, this kind of thing can go on forever. And we know from surveys that an astonishing percentage of science teachers are really teaching creationism.

So how can you stop this? By filing open records requests. You can go to your local public school and file a Freedom of Information Act request (or the state equivalent of one) and in most states, the teachers have to give you all of the material they are using to teach their classes. If you discover that one is handing out creationist material, go to the ACLU, Americans United, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, or just send it to me and I’ll make sure it gets into the right hands.

If Attorneys Argued Like Creationists

I had this idea come to me during a discussion in a hangout recently. Imagine for a moment that a defense attorney in a murder case used the kind of argument that young earth creationists use against, say, radiometric dating. In response to every piece of evidence presented, they would name all the “assumptions” being made.
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