Category Archives: Intelligent Design

Klinghoffer Is Still Ranting about “Cosmos”

It’s been six weeks since we saw the final episode of Cosmos: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. But the Discovery Institute can’t stop posting about it.

This reminds us of the crushing blow the intelligent design movement received in the Kitzmiller decision. The Discoveroids continue to criticize everything about it — well, everything except the inadequacy of the evidence and legal arguments on their side of the case. Now they’re adding Cosmos to their permanent portfolio of oppressive opponents.

Our last post about the Discoveroids’ fear that the Cosmos series would be used as an educational tool in public schools was Klinghoffer Reacts to “Cosmos” Episode 11. At that time we said:

Klinghoffer is aghast at the notion of the Cosmos series being used as — gasp! — supplemental material in science classes. But … isn’t the use of supplemental material encouraged by the Discoveroids’ campaign to have states enact Academic Freedom bills? We’re always being told that it’s supposed to inspire “critical thinking.” This is so confusing!

That was two months ago, but the specter of Cosmos being shown in public school science classes still bothers them. It haunts them. And so it is that David Klinghoffer, the Discoveroids’ journalistic slasher and poo flinger, has posted about the subject yet again. His newest is Now with 12 Emmy Nominations, Why Shouldn’t Cosmos End Up in the Schools? He says, with bold font added by us:

Next month we’ll see how many Emmys Cosmos walks away with but 12 nominations isn’t bad at all. … With that kind of recognition going for it, the series seems even more likely than it did before to end up as a staple in public-school science instruction.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What really bothers the Discoveroids is that the same wicked Darwinists who will approve of using Cosmos in the schools won’t allow the schools to use material like Of Pandas and People or any of the creationist texts published by Discovery Institute Press. This is an outrage!

Then, after Klinghoffer quotes someone who praises Cosmos, we’re told:

So then what is wrong with Cosmos, exactly? Writing today at The Blaze, Casey Luskin nails it. Cosmos is propaganda for a myopic view of science, where dead matter rules the universe.

We haven’t read that article at The Blaze — an apt name for what we assume is a flamingly creationist website — nor have we read Klinghoffer’s excerpt from it, but if you care to see what Casey wrote, here’s a link: Materialism for the Masses: ‘Cosmos’ Reboot Distorts the History of Science. Klinghoffer continues:

Cosmos gives no inkling of any alterative [sic] scientific view. As a media vehicle … it’s much less “educationally driven” than it is message-driven.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Unlike the Discoveroids’ website. Klinghoffer ends by mentioning something Casey posted earlier, For First Amendment Purposes, Is Atheism a Religion?, which was so bad that we didn’t bother devoting a full post to it. We brushed it aside in Slow Weekend Free Fire Zone, but Casey’s alternate universe interpretation of the Constitution (like the Discoveroids’ alternate universe interpretation of the universe) is now part of their standard dogma. Klinghoffer says:

Casey also reminds us that for First Amendment purposes, atheism counts as a religion. And you’re not supposed to teach religion in public schools, remember?

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We are grateful to Klinghoffer for reminding us of Casey’s unique view of things. Anyway, this is a hint of the fury that is certain to come when the Discoveroids learn of actual situations where Cosmos is shown to kids in public school science classes. We’re looking forward to that.

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An Asteroid Named Eugeniescott

A singular honor has been bestowed on Eugenie Scott, former executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). This new item at their website tells the tale: Asteroid named for NCSE’s Scott. They say:

Asteroid 249530 Eugeniescott was named in honor of NCSE’s founding executive director Eugenie C. Scott, according to the Minor Planet Circulars for July 12, 2014 (PDF, p. 324). She is described there as “an American physical anthropologist who served as the executive director of the National Center for Science Education for more than 25 years. She improved the teaching of science-based curricula for students throughout the United States.”

You can check out the orbital details of Eugeniescott at the: JPL Small-Body Database Browser. NCSE tells us:

Amy Mainzer, the principal investigator on the project that discovered the asteroid, explained, “Discovering asteroids is science. Since Eugenie Scott has done so much to help people understand how science works, it seemed only fitting to name one after her! I’m very pleased to honor her contributions to science education in this lasting fashion.”

We are also pleased. The honor is well deserved. Let’s read on:

Mainzer provided the following information about the discovery of Asteroid Eugeniescott.

Genie Scott’s asteroid was discovered by the near-Earth object hunting portion of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope (WISE), which orbits the Earth and senses asteroids using infrared light. With our infrared telescope, we can sense the heat coming off asteroids as they are warmed by the Sun, which lets us measure size and reflectivity. Asteroid Eugeniescott orbits the Sun in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter every 5.3 years. It is about 2.9 kilometers across, and its surface is covered with a dark material suggesting that it was formed in the cooler, outer parts of our solar system.

NCSE’s article has more information, but you’ll want to click over there to read it for yourself.

It is splendid indeed to have an asteroid named after oneself. When they get around to honoring your Curmudgeon, however, nothing less than a galaxy will be sufficient (he modestly said). But this raises the question of naming an astronomical feature after the Discoveroids. It’s not unthinkable. There must be a crater on some insignificant moon of Uranus that can be named for them.

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Massive Morning Vomit Opportunity

We interrupt this blog to bring you an item which is too horrible to ignore. We can’t move on to other things until it’s been dealt with and is finally out of the way.

We found this … this thing at the website of something called The Spectrum, a Gannet newspaper which is so ashamed of itself that the masthead doesn’t reveal their location, but we suspect it’s located somewhere in or near St. George, Utah. The item is titled Discovering truth verses tolerance.

The author of this mess is a preacher-man named Dennis Lee, described like this at the end of his masterpiece: “Dennis Lee is the senior pastor of Living Waters Fellowship in Mesquite.” There seems to be such a “fellowship” in a place called Mesquite, Nevada. There’s another in Mesquite, Texas; but we think Nevada is where Lee does whatever it is that he does.

If the name “Living Waters” sounds familiar, that’s because we’ve seen it associated with Ray Comfort, best known for his starring role in Ray Comfort’s “Banana video”. This Nevada “fellowship” must be the same denomination, otherwise it would have changed its name to avoid being associated with Comfort. We could be wrong about that, but we don’t think so after reading what we found today.

Anyway, in our Curmudgeonly benevolence, we caution you that this one is a big heave-inducer, and it just might trigger other functions as well. Therefore, before you read what this raving preacher-man says, be certain to have a bucket handy — a big one — and a lot of towels, mops, and other cleaning material.

Are you ready? Okay, you’ve been warned. Here we go. The preacher-man begins by saying:

I really don’t think there’s a single person that doesn’t think truth verses tolerance is an important topic for our day.

That’s because it’s our society’s redefinition of tolerance that allows topics like abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, and evolution to become so accepted while Christianity has become so hated and practically outlawed.

That’s it. We’ve seen enough. We’re not going to excerpt anything else from the preacher-man’s babbling.

We would like to close this brief blog entry in the same gracious, loving spirit that was displayed by the preacher-man, and therefore we respond with the following:

Hey, rev baby: You like lists of disgusting things? Okay, here’s the Curmudgeon’s list of vomit-inducing topics: science-denial, theocracy, incest, bestiality, pedophilia, necrophilia, coprophilia, cannibalism, and creationism. Also, in your honor, we now add to that list anything named Living Waters.

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Creationist Wisdom #451: Chuck Norris

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Amarillo Globe-News of Amarillo, Texas. It’s titled: Don’t block faith, freedom.

We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we usually omit the writer’s full name and city. But there’s no problem with this one. The letter-writer (or guest columnist) is Chuck Norris, who needs no introduction. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

He spends the first half of the column on the tale of a student in a Connecticut high school who discovered that his school’s internet service blocked him from visiting conservative websites like the National Rifle Association, the Republican Party, the National Right to Life website, and even the Vatican. But he was allowed to freely access pro-gun-control websites, the Democratic Party website, the Planned Parenthood website, an LGBT website, and an Islamic website.

We agree with Chuck that this was flat-out wrong. But that’s not what concerns us here. Then he says:

True education doesn’t fear alternative views or even falsehoods, though they should be couched in age-appropriateness and a venue where options are presented with evidence. At least, that was the educational belief of our founding fathers.

No problem so far, although we’re dubious about falsehoods. But get this:

Consider alone the words of one of the greatest American minds and educators and one of the pillars of our republic, Thomas Jefferson, who vehemently fought for the broad education of common Americans. As he founded the University of Virginia, he wrote this about his philosophy and goal of education on Dec. 26, 1820: “This institution of my native state, the hobby of my old age, will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind, to explore and to expose every subject susceptible of (its) contemplation.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Jefferson created the University of Virginia to be a secular institution. Wikipedia says:

Other universities of the day allowed only three choices of specialization: Medicine, Law, and Religion, but under Jefferson’s guidance, the University of Virginia became the first in the United States to allow specializations in such diverse fields as Astronomy, Architecture, Botany, Philosophy, and Political Science. An even more controversial direction was taken for the new university based on a daring vision that higher education should be completely separated from religious doctrine.

Jefferson even went so far as to ban the teaching of Theology altogether. In a letter to Thomas Cooper in October 1814, Jefferson stated, “a professorship of theology should have no place in our institution” and, true to form, the University never had a Divinity school; it was established independent of any religious sect.

Chuck didn’t do too well with that. Here’s the end of his column, and it’s the best part:

An open education is about presenting every side of the coin. That is why teaching about “intelligent design” and religion should be an integral part of every curriculum. There is also no doubt about this: When we fear alternative views to the extent that we eliminate them, we have reduced education to nothing more than tyranny and indoctrination.

Good luck, Chuck. But don’t count on Mr. Jefferson to help you with that one.

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