THIS morning, dear reader, we offer you a rare opportunity to choose your path through life. The road ahead is forked, and you can travel one way or the other — but not both. To make your choice you must click on one of the two links we’re presenting. Here they are:
Choice one: This leads to an excellent article by Lauri Lebo. If you don’t yet know who she is, the next two indented paragraphs will fill you in.
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.
Lauri’s latest is at the website Religion Dispatches, where we read: Still Trying to Get Creationism into Science Classes.
Lauri is responding to a post by David Klinghoffer titled “Dear Lauri Lebo, Please Help Me Understand Your Conspiracy Theory,” That’s the one about which we wrote: Klinghoffer: “What, me worry?” Early in Lauri’s article she says:
[I]t occurred to me that next month marks the fifth-year anniversary of Kitzmiller v. Dover, the landmark case in which parents successfully sued a Pennsylvania school district for requiring that the theory of intelligent design be taught in local science classes. So, I figured since I’m being called out and all, this would be as good an opportunity as any for a nice retrospective piece on the Discovery Institute. (And, well, Mr. Klinghoffer did ask me to help him understand.)
There’s nothing we can say about Lauri’s article except this: If you don’t read it, you’re an imbecile!
Choice two: Your Curmudgeon understands that there are those who, instead of reading Lauri’s article, prefer to go through life brain-free and unburdened by the restraints that reason imposes on what we can believe. The traditional way to accomplish that condition is by using drugs, but for those who want another way, we heartily recommend something we found today at the blog of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids).
What we’re recommending is Stephen Meyer on Intelligent Design: What is the origin of the digital information found in DNA? There you can watch a video by Discoveroid “Senior Fellow” (i.e., incurably full-blown creationist) Stephen C. Meyer.
Meyer is important. As you can see here: Discovery Institute: Their 2007 Tax Return, that year the Discoveroids paid Meyer (their Vice President) $102,500, plus expenses. Also, as we reported here, he was one of three creationist “experts” who were on the 6-member panel selected by Don McLeroy to testify before the Texas Board of Education regarding standards for science education. Before that, Meyer was a central figure in the notoriously shabby peer review controversy.
So there you are, dear reader. The decision is up to you. You may choose to click on either Lauri’s article or Meyer’s video. Your fate is in your hands.
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