Aaaargh!! No News Free Fire Zone

Argos Sleeping

A cyber storm is raging at WordPress. They’ve changed the editor for creating posts, and it seems that no one likes it. Lots of controversy, and it’s no fun.

Meanwhile, there’s no news of The Controversy between evolution and creationism, so it’s a slow day — which is just as well because editing a new post is somewhat agonizing. We note, however, that the Discoveroids’ lost revival — see Discovery Institute’s Lost Creationist Revival — is still lost.

And in South Carolina, where they’ve been having an agonizing bureaucratic squabble over education standards — see There Are Weird Creationists in South Carolina — there’s been another development, so to speak. In the Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina we found this headline:Palmetto Sunrise: Evolution vote left for another day. One excerpt will be sufficient:

The State Board of Education postponed a vote Wednesday on newly written language for South Carolina’s evolution standard. … The language, which has been touted as a compromise, requires students to understand that the theory of evolution, like any other scientific theory, may change as new scientific information is obtained.

So you see what we’re dealing with. Besides software problems at WordPress, there’s no news worth writing about anyway.

To show you just how slow things are, we’ve posted a new pic of Argos (a/k/a Aaaargh!!), one of your Curmudgeon’s two splendid Dobermans, sleeping under our desk.

Therefore, it’s time for an Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!

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8 responses to “Aaaargh!! No News Free Fire Zone

  1. A cyber storm is raging at WordPress. They’ve changed the editor for creating posts, and it seems that no one likes it.

    I don’t like it.

    But hey, they allow me to blog at no cost to me, so I’m not out on the street protesting.

  2. That is a really slow day for our SC.

  3. A cyber storm is raging at WordPress. They’ve changed the editor for creating posts, and it seems that no one likes it.

    And who could blame them? It’s ghastly.

    However, I discovered that if, instead of going directly to create a new post I went to do so instead via Dashboard, I got the old editor. Joy!

  4. Hambo posted a video at the AiG website showing earth moving equipment beginning work at the Ark Park site. Is that big pretend boat really gonna be built?

  5. Time for a new contest, Curmudgeon!

  6. Of course they’ll build the boat, waldteufel. Me, I’m wanting to see how long they keep it running when they have to fill it with every “kind” of animals, and who the luckless saps will be who get tapped to play Noah and family working all day amidst all those animals doing what animals do.

  7. Managing construction of the ark should keep Kenny Boy occupied for quite a while. Maybe he won’t have much time to harass bible colleges for not being up to his standards of creationism. Or should that be “down to his standards”?

  8. Since this is a FFZ, I’ll avoid any urge (not that I have any) to join the discussion about Kenny’s Klowns. Instead, I’ll express a concern I have had for years, but rarely if ever write about so bluntly. That is the suggestion that something may be wrong because it’s against the law. As you all know, that’s a basic fallacy. But many times I detect the unintended implication that teaching creationism (including ID and later scams like academic “freedom”) is wrong because it violates the Establishment Clause.

    Teaching anything that would meet the approval of an anti-evolution activist is morally wrong, in any class, public or private, science or non-science, even in a religious school. Period. End of story. That it happens to be illegal in public schools is just icing on the cake. I’m not talking about teaching Genesis-as-fact. Many (most?) students learn not to take it literally by the end of grade school. What I am talking about is the relentless misrepresentation of evolution, and censorship of anything that exposes that misrepresentation for the scam that it is. And that is the one thing all anti-evolution activists demand, be they Biblical YECs or “we don’t need to connect no stinkin’ dots” ID peddlers, etc.

    That said, I fully understand that, when one is talking to a hopeless authoritarian, it is much easier to convince them that something is wrong because it’s against the law, than to reason with them that it is morally wrong and would be no less so if it were legal. It’s really not much different than telling a toddler not to do something “because I said so.” But the ones we most need to reach, and have the most potential of setting straight, are not the hopeless authoritarians, but those who can reason, but just have not thought through how relentlessly they have been misled. Now many of them are smart enough to figure out that no one (I hope it’s no one) really means that teaching creationism is wrong because it’s against the law. But we have nothing to lose, and a lot to gain, by always making it perfectly clear that that’s not what we mean when we constantly rave about court rulings against it (McLean, Edwards, Dover, etc.), as if they’re the only reason not to teach that garbage.