In my last post, I questioned why Barry Arrington had deleted my comment on his post “Ideological Turing Test” at Uncommon Descent. Since then, several other comments have appeared, some with descriptions of intelligent design pretty similar to mine:
So that rules out my suggestion that Arrington may have been deleting comments just because the answers were too reasonable. Not that Arrington thinks they’re reasonable:
Since wd400’s, Bob O’H’s, and my own answers are actually quite similar to some definitions given by intelligent design advocates, I tried to post the following comment:
No dice. Apparently I’m banned. Not only are these answers similar to Stephen Meyer’s, they also match the definition on intelligentdesign.org pretty well:
The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.
So what exactly about my answer, wd400’s, and Bob O’H’s is superficial and contemptuous? Do Meyer’s definition and that on intelligentdesign.org also fail the ideological Turing test?
For the record, here’s the post that got me banned:
It wasn’t because of my description of intelligent design, because it’s substantially the same as wd400’s and Bob O’H’s. It wasn’t because I included a link, because bornagain77 has a lengthy post with lots of links. So that really only leaves one possibility. I was banned from commenting on Uncommon Descent because Barry Arrington doesn’t want to be reminded that he called me a ‘fascist apologist’ for pointing out a lie.
As I said before, Arrington has every right to ban me from commenting on his website. He also doesn’t owe me an explanation. In case he wants to provide one, though, I sent him this email:
No response yet, but then it’s been less than 24 hours.
I also just noticed that he has deleted a comment from another reader asking why my comment disappeared! Unfortunately, I didn’t get a screenshot of that one. So Arrington deleted a comment that included an embarrassing truth, and now he’s trying to hide the fact that he deleted it.