Poor William Dembski has many thorns in his side. There’s that spunky grad student and that guy who knows more math than he does, and there’s also been a certain professor of constitutional law who has been quietly plaguing him behind the scenes. I’m on Peter Irons’ cc list for these emails, and there have been quite a few occasions when I’ve been laughing from my easy chair at the well-aimed slingstones winging their way from California to Texas.
Dembski has had enough, and has posted his own reply. Irons has been chatting with Baylor President John Lilley, urging him in particular to not bother to respond to the Expelled film crew that was going to be on campus, ‘documenting’ (as if such a manipulative and dishonest crew could put together anything credible) the way poor Billy has been oppressed. Lilley replied politely and briefly:
Peter, thanks for your email. It is greatly appreciated.
I shall not take the bait on the movie. I greatly regret
the difficulty that Dembski has created. John
Dembski, strangely enough, finds this diplomatic comment hard to believe, and rushed to ask Lilley to verify…it sounds exactly like what a university president would write, I’m afraid, quite unlike Dembski’s own prior clumsy attempt at a parody. How dare the president of Baylor suggest that Dembski’s own desperate floundering attempts to slither onto the Baylor campus are the source of his problems! So here’s what he writes:
Dear President Lilley,
Peter Irons, a professor at one of the University of
California campuses, continually forwards to me email
communications, ostensibly between him and others.
He’s forwarded to me several putative emails from you.
I’d like to confirm whether the exchange below is
genuine before I blog on it.
If it is genuine, I would point out that any difficulties
you may be experiencing over your suppression of
ID-related research at Baylor are of your own creation.
My role in this has merely been to shine some light.
Shorter Billy Dembski: is not my fault! It’s yours!
Since schoolyard blame-shifting seems to be about the best Dembski can do, he closes his blog post with a bizarre claim he probably intended as a joke, but it’s awfully lame: “it’s a little known fact that Irons is on Discovery’s payroll.”
Even shorter Billy Dembski: IKYABWAI!
You all might be interested in Peter Irons’ amusing reply to all this.
Dear Billy Botnik,
Thanks for the plug on UD! Since you linked my name to the Wikipedia
article on me (which I didn’t write, BTW) perhaps some of your readers (at
least those who are semi-literate) will check out my books, from which
they might learn something about constitutional law.
Since I’m sure you won’t let me post a comment on UD, let me make a few
comments about you commenters (some of whom need spelling lessons).
First, the comment from someone calling him/herself Jehu. Referring to
me, Jehu (who claims to be a former student of mine) says, “I guess all
those years of tearing down crosses under the guise of constitutional law
and protecting the rights of Jews and athiests [sic] were just a
subterfuge for his true motives.” Do I detect the stench of ant-semitism
here? You should really have bounced that one, or at least chastised
Another commenter, completely off point, refers to “terrorists who stick
their butts up in the air while facing Mecca on a daily basis.” Do I
detect the stench of anti-Islam here? You should have bounced that one
A third commenter, who obviously read the Wikipedia bio of me, asks about
“President Lilley’s confidential informers who are convicted felons,”
presumably referring to my prison time for resisting the Vietnam draft, of
which I am still very proud. Just a correction here: my conviction was
reversed by a federal judge on the ground of prosecutorial misconduct, and
I later received a full pardon from President Ford (the only thing Richard
Nixon and I had in common). But I would rather be a convicted felon for
refusing the Vietnam war than cowards like George Bush and Dick Cheney.
BTW, I should give the DI my address so they can start mailing my
paychecks. I wondered where they were.
Dembski really shouldn’t try engaging in a battle of wits — he simply doesn’t have any.