We take great delight in presenting this summary of the Discoveroids’ greatest failures for the year which is now ending. As we do so, it should not go unnoticed that they’ve accomplished nothing which could be considered a success. Okay, here we go, starting in January:
1 You recall that the Discoveroids were vigorously supporting David Coppedge in his allegedly wrongful termination case against Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which is part of Caltech. At the start of the year we posted about their big loss — see David Coppedge Trial: Final Order Issued. They compounded that failure a couple of weeks later when they urged that Congress Should Act. We never heard anything more about their lobbying effort, so their silence tells the tale.
2 In April we posted Jindal Betrays the Discovery Institute, describing how Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, when asked during an NBC interview about teaching creationism, gave away the “secret” purpose of the Louisiana Science Education Act when he said:
I’ve got no problem if a school board, a local school board, says we want to teach our kids about creationism, that people, some people, have these beliefs as well, let’s teach them about ‘intelligent design’.” “What are we scared of?” he asked.
How embarrassing! Although the entire rational world has always known what that law is all about, the Discoveroids have steadfastly maintained that it is not about teaching creationism. No, of course not — it’s all about teaching science! After Jindal told the truth, the Discoveroids attempted a desperate effort at damage control, and we posted Discoveroids: “Bobby Jindal? Who’s He?”
3 In June we wrote Discovery Institute’s “Peer Reviewed” Literature. Klinghoffer had posted about their pathetic attempts to get their “theory” into the professional, peer-reviewed literature, and we reviewed Klinghoffer’s list. There’s no reason to rehash that here. It’s well known that the Discoveroids have nothing — nothing at all, and Klinghoffer’s post demonstrated that very well.
4 In July we began to report about the Battle of Ball State. That was yet another Discoveroid catastrophe. They had stealthily slipped some of their creationist propaganda into a class taught by Eric Hedin, an assistant professor of physics. He was alleged to have been teaching intelligent design in an honors science class titled “The Boundaries of Science.” It all hit the fan when the whistle was blown by Jerry Coyne. Then it was also disclosed that they had hired Guillermo Gonzalez — the Discoveroid “senior fellow” who failed to get tenure at Iowa State University and who had been teaching at some bible college. That prompted a Statement from Ball State University’s President, Jo Ann Gora, on the impropriety of teaching intelligent design in science class. The Discoveroids have been squawking about it ever since.
5 In September we summarized the Discoveroids’ failures up to that point (see Outgunned & Outsmarted), including the fact that:
their legislative crusade to get states to adopt some version of their anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act has come to an embarrassing stage. This year, “academic freedom” bills have failed to pass in Arizona, in Colorado, in Indiana, in Missouri (two bills), in Montana, in Oklahoma (two bills), and in Texas.
6 Ooops! We see that in November we posted Discovery Institute: 2013 in Review. We covered some of the same ground we’re discussing here (but not all of it), and we also said:
We can confidently predict that they won’t be doing any science that supports their idea of intelligent design. In all the years that they’ve been doing whatever it is that they do, they’ve never even come close to finding any positive, verifiable evidence to either: (a) contradict evolution, or (b) support intelligent design.
Did anything else happen in the remainder of the year? Oh yes — no one could have foreseen this:
7 In late November, we posted Discoveroids React to Freshwater Decision. Casey said the Ohio Supreme Court “chickened out by refusing to rule on the issues related to academic freedom and evolution instruction.” In spite of the criticism they’ve wrongfully hurled at Judge Jones over the years (the Kitzmiller decision wasn’t an example of judicial activism), it seems that the Discoveroids would like to see some judicial activism — but only if it produces a decision in their favor. And there was one more item for 2013:
8 In December, it was with great pleasure that we posted Discoveroids Suffer a Crushing Defeat. They were apparently embarked on a stealth campaign to infiltrate two-year community colleges with their kind of creationist course, using their books, thinking that no one would notice. But their plans were thwarted at Amarillo College, a state-run, two-year community college in Amarillo, Texas.
There are still nine days remaining in the year, so it’s possible that some other news could turn up, but that doesn’t seem likely. Your Curmudgeon is satisfied with how the year has gone; and we’re confident that the Discoveroids aren’t. That means it’s been a very good year!
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