The Discoveroids have lost another round in their endless struggle to gain academic acceptance. The events seem to have been going on for some time, but the first we’ve heard of it is this very one-sided account at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog: Bullies-R-Us: How “Freethought Oasis” Threatened “Disruption” and Pressured College into Cancelling Intelligent Design Course.
It’s by Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist. His article is a long one, so all we can do is give you a few excerpts. You’ll have to read the whole thing to get the full flavor. He starts like this, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:
The outline of the story is now, sadly, a familiar one. Professor wants to discuss intelligent design (ID). Intolerant atheists throw a fit. College quickly capitulates to the demands of the atheists. Professor is censored.
The scenario played out again this past semester in Amarillo, Texas. I’ll give the identities of the parties involved in just a moment, but for now, let’s note some twists unique to the situation. According to internal communications, campus administrators feared that disgruntled atheists would stage a “disruption” if the ID class went forward. The atheist leader got so “intense” in arguing for Darwinian evolution over intelligent design that college staff called the police on him, apparently potentially concerned over their own safety. And get this: the intolerant atheists call themselves the “Freethought Oasis.” You can’t make this stuff up.
As you’ll see when you read the full article, at no time was there any violence, or any threats of violence. The “disruptions” were all verbal. The call to the police wasn’t one in which any crime was alleged, nor were there allegations of any threatened crime. As even Casey discloses later in his long account, a college administrator called the police when he learned that the teacher of the proposed course, professor Stanley Wilson, was confronted in his office by another college staffer with “verbal aggression” — whatever that is. The reason for the call to the police was only to “document” the event.
As we understand the events from Casey’s article (which means our understanding is undoubtedly far from complete), the drama occurred at Amarillo College, a state-run, two-year community college in Amarillo, Texas. The professor was going to teach a course titled “Evolution vs. Intelligent Design,” using this text: Explore Evolution: The Arguments For and Against Neo-Darwinism (Amazon listing). That book was written by Discoveroid Stephen Meyer and others. Nothing controversial about that, right? According to Casey:
This wasn’t a science course. It was not a required course. It wasn’t even a for-credit course. In fact, this course was not even for normal students. [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] It was offered through the adult continuing education program.
What happened, according to Casey, was this: “Jamie Farren, a staff member at Amarillo College and the leader of Amarillo’s local atheist group, the Freethought Oasis” was the troublemaker. He learned about the proposed course and — this is unmistakable — he protested through academic channels. Then, Casey says:
[H]e joined forces with the main Darwin lobby group in Texas, the Texas Freedom Network (TFN), another euphemistically named outfit that regularly fights against academic freedom in evolution-education, to file a public records request about the course. TFN, you may recall, was in the news recently after successfully partnering with the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), the national Darwin-only lobbying group, to keep textbooks in Texas from following Texas state law by acknowledging the scientific debate about Darwinian theory.
Ooooooooh! Farren joined up with a “Darwin lobby group.” But that’s not all he did. Let’s read on:
Farren continued pursuing AC administrators, sending them links to various rebuttals to the course’s textbook, Explore Evolution.
What was the result of this horrendous behavior? Casey says:
In any case, Farren’s campaign worked. With the help of the TFN and the NCSE, whose deputy director Glenn Branch he would later thank for assistance, Farren and his group aggressively intimidated AC administrators. And the university caved.
They were “aggressively intimidated.” BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’re only about one-third of the way through Casey’s article. It seems that Farren posted on Facebook about his accomplishment. Casey is appalled! He says:
That’s right: For these folks, cancelling classes and depriving students of the opportunity to learn about intelligent design is something to celebrate. Their version of “academic integrity” is an Orwellian concept that bears no resemblance to true academic freedom.
Casey’s article goes on at considerable length, but we’re quitting here. These are terrible times for the Discoveroids. They can’t even get one of their books used in a creationist non-credit class in a two year community college — in Texas!
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