Lauri Lebo on the Shipwreck of Mark Souder

YOU all know who Lauri Lebo is. During the forty-day trial that led to the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, Lauri was a reporter for the York Daily Record, the local paper for the site of the trial. Lauri’s byline was the brand name for superbly written, in-depth news stories from the courthouse.

Lauri and her work were prominently mentioned in the NOVA documentary, Judgment Day. She is also the author of: The Devil in Dover: An Insider’s Story of Dogma v. Darwin in Small-town America. Our last post about Lauri was here: Lauri Lebo on the Texas Textbook Massacre.

Now she’s done it again. At the website Religion Dispatches we read Mark Souder Appeared in Ben Stein’s “Expelled”. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Yesterday’s announced resignation of Republican Rep. Mark Souder amid sex scandal seems to be your ho-hum garden-variety affair with a part-time staffer. Thus far, there has been nothing to suggest that adult diapers, wide stances or non-consensual tickling was involved.

Fabulous paragraph! Let’s read on:

Souder had touted himself as a conservative “family values” politician and tireless advocate for abstinence-only-until-holy-union-of-marriage public school education. This certainly raises the question that if an aging white-haired paunchy married grandfather can’t keep his pants zipped, why for God’s sake should we expect teenagers?

Another great paragraph! We continue:

But an interesting side note to the story is that Souder is also an intelligent-design proponent and even had a bit part in the Ben Stein ID movie Expelled, in which he decried the scientific community for not being more tolerant to the concept of revamped creationism. In 2008, he said, “I personally believe that there is no issue more important to our society than intelligent design.” The blog Sensuous Curmudgeon gave Souder a congressional buffoon award for his fervent embrace of the issue.

That’s the best paragraph ever! A brief, shining moment in the blogging career of your humble Curmudgeon. (But Lauri, it’s not just a Congressional award — it’s global. Souder is merely the first Congressman to win it.)

Here’s Lauri’s final paragraph. We usually don’t copy almost all of anyone’s article, but this was a brief one, excellent throughout, and it wasn’t easy to find anything to omit. We certainly couldn’t leave this out:

So, Souder wasn’t just your typical “family values” horn-dog unable to practice what he preached. He’s also the kind of person who believes evolution destroys morality.

Here’s a link to all of Lauri’s articles at Religion Dispatches. Click on over there and read a few. They’re all good.

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18 responses to “Lauri Lebo on the Shipwreck of Mark Souder

  1. As Ed Brayton also reminds us:

    http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2010/05/another_pious_cheater_mark_sou.php

    Souder also used Congressional taxpayer-supplied resources to phoney up an “official” report on Richard Sternberg’s equally phoney claims of discrimination by the Smithsonian.

  2. *sniffle* I can say, “I knew him when….”

  3. John Pieret says:

    Souder also used Congressional taxpayer-supplied resources to phoney up an “official” report on Richard Sternberg’s equally phoney claims of discrimination …

    Yes! I had forgotten all about that. Thank you.

  4. James F says:

    I can say, “I knew him when….”

    Fear not. I shall always remain humble.

  5. Gabriel Hanna

    It’s nice to see you get the recognition, SC. You’re doing good work. Not the Lord’s work, but pretty good for all that.

  6. Gabriel Hanna says: “Not the Lord’s work, but …”

    Gasp! Are you suggesting …?

  7. Gabriel Hanna

    Gasp! Are you suggesting …?

    Athena’s, obviously. Just as I’m doing Urania’s.

  8. It’s nice to get a bit of recognition from another high quality writer. Well done, SC… and that really is a terrific paragraph! (Made me laugh out loud and the dog bark in agreement!)

  9. Gabriel Hanna says: “Just as I’m doing Urania”

    Couldn’t you choose a more euphonious deity?

  10. tildeb says: “and that really is a terrific paragraph!”

    They all were. The last one was fantastic.

  11. Gabriel Hanna

    Couldn’t you choose a more euphonious deity?

    No. She chose me. She’s the muse of astronomy and philosophy, and hence the muse of physics.

    Her name has been used to name astronomical observatories such as the Urania in Berlin, Budapest, Vienna, Zurich and Antwerp and Uraniborg on the island of Hven. The official seal of the U.S. Naval Observatory portrays Urania.

    There’s nothing dysphonius about her name, either. Granted UranUS doesn’t sound to good in English, which is why we will abolish that joke for good and all by changing the planet’s name to Urectum.

    Apparently Albertus Magnus is the patron saint of physics.

  12. longshadow

    The official seal of the U.S. Naval Observatory portrays Urania.

    Who knew the US Naval Observatory had a trained seal?

  13. Gabriel Hanna says: “Just as I’m doing Urania”

    Couldn’t you choose a more euphonious deity?

    Calliope?

  14. Gabriel Hanna says:

    She’s the muse of astronomy and philosophy, and hence the muse of physics.

    It’s embarrassing to admit, but I have been heretofore unaware of Urania, no doubt because her charms are eclipsed by the reputation of the titan with a similar-sounding name.

  15. Mr. Curmudgeon,

    Thanks for the props, but really, you’re too generous. I visit your blog regularly. You’re a veritable pitbull on tearing into creationist attacks on reason.

    Thanks,
    Lauri

  16. Lauri says: “Mr. Curmudgeon”

    Mister? Good grief, Lauri, that’s way too formal. I’m delighted to know that you visit here. Keep up the good work!

  17. He’s also the kind of person who believes evolution destroys morality.

    . . . so is Souder saying he was Intelligently Designed to cheat on his wife?

  18. Cheryl Shepherd-Adams says:

    . . so is Souder saying he was Intelligently Designed to cheat on his wife?

    Well, you know, she was his soul-mate.