We usually publish a year-end summary of the accomplishments and failures of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
In our humble opinion, 2010 wasn’t a good year for the Discoveroids. Not only have they produced no scientific breakthroughs — which is hardly surprising — they’ve also had no legislative successes with their Academic Freedom Act. The one state that actually passed such a law back in 2008 — Louisiana — hasn’t yet managed to do anything with it.
Discoveroid fellow-travelers did manage to generate some chaos in the science education standards for Texas, but a new Board of Education may reverse some of the most egregious actions of the McLeroy board. The situation in that state remains an open question.
Although a large number of newly-elected state legislators and education officials are incurably ignorant, that’s probably always been true, and the Discoveroids can’t claim much credit for that. Except for the governor of Maine, we’re not aware that high-profile creationists have achieved any major election triumphs (see our Post-Election Wrap-up: Creationism’s Impact).
The Discoveroids have been promoting books written by their own “fellows,” but no one takes such things seriously. And as you’ve noticed, the two court cases they’ve been promoting — the David Coppedge employment dispute and the suit against the California Science Center — don’t seem to be going well.
We think the Discoveroids have failed at everything they’ve attempted this year, but it’s possible that we’ve missed something, and for that reason we’re going to handle the subject differently than we have in the past. We’re throwing open the comments section so that you, dear reader, may describe what you think may have been a Discoveroid accomplishment in 2010. We invite you to complete this expression, using our wording or your own:
You know the rules: Offer as many suggestions as you wish, but avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. This contest won’t have a winner, but your Curmudgeon will be grateful for your contributions. If the Discoveroids have actually accomplished anything, we’d like to know about it.
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