Discovery Institute’s Triumph #4 for 2013

The year-end news lull may seem to be never-ending, but we’ve experienced these things before. They are always followed by a resurgence of creationist lunacy.

During such periods, however, a world-famous blogger like your humble Curmudgeon is always faced with the problem of how the hiatus should be treated. Whenever we are confronted by what seems to be an insurmountable problem, we always step back and ask: What would King Tut do?

Inspired by that timeless example, we turn again to the Discoveroids — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page. They are continuing with their series of posts about their Top Ten events of the year.

Yesterday we wrote about their Triumph #5 for 2013. Today they’re moving on to number four, and this new item appears at their creationist blog: #4 of Our Top-Ten Evolution Stories of 2013: Ball State President Imposes Gag Order on Intelligent Design.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! This is almost a repeat of their number six, about which we wrote Discovery Institute Embraces Martyrdom. That one involved the ignominious demise of their stealth campaign to infiltrate two-year community colleges with their kind of creationist course, using their books, thinking that no one would notice.

This time the Discoveroids’ latest heralded event is about a similar experience we memorialized when we wrote Discovery Institute Catastrophes in 2013. Today’s event was number 4 in our chronological list, and hey — it’s also number 4 in the Discoveroids’ list. What are the odds of that happening? In our post about Discoveroid catastrophes, where we presciently discussed the latest event in their list of highlights, we said:

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.

For the Discoveroids, who are wallowing in an orgy of masochism, that painful experience was one of the year’s most outstanding events. As they did a few days ago when they luxuriated in their humiliation at Amarillo College, they have nothing new to say. All they offer today is a copy of one of their earlier posts, from back in July.

When that first appeared, we wrote Battle of Ball State: Setting the Stage. It was right after we had posted Statement from Ball State University’s President, Jo Ann Gora, on the impropriety of teaching intelligent design in science class.

Because the Discoveroids have nothing new to say about the event, other than to include it in their list of their Top Ten stories for the year, we shall do the same. There isn’t anything more to say, really. They tried to slip their nonsense into a university and they got busted — big time.

All we can do is offer some Curmudgeonly encouragement to the Discoveroids, who are making no progress in their struggle against the Enlightenment. This is inspired by the words of President Obama: If you like your Oogity Boogity, you can keep your Oogity Boogity.

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8 responses to “Discovery Institute’s Triumph #4 for 2013

  1. I don’t understand what the Discorrhoids are celebrating here. You’d expect something significant round about #4 in a top 10. Are they claiming they procured the retirement, after many years of faithful service, of a prominent member of The Great Evil Global Darwinist Plot Against Oogity Boogity?

  2. Their only bragging rights would be the number of signatures they got on their petition… which made not one whit of difference in the outcome.

  3. They call the Number 4 TOP EVOLUTION STORY their humiliating defeat at Ball State?

    Let me see if I understand this correctly, not being a citizen of Bazarro World. Their TOP story is yet another ID defeat.

    Ball State was particularly humiliating because Pres. Gora simply ignored Disco Tute threats of litigation (what else can they do, withhold donations?) and called ID “not science” and not to be taught as science in the Science Department. Not so much an attack on academic freedom as supporting academic responsibility. Oooooh, the Tooters hate that!

  4. “What are the odds of that happening?”
    Ten percent actually.
    Time to speculate what the top three will be. That silly book of Meyers will be in it and I even dare to predict it will be nr. 1, but the other two?

  5. mnb0 says: “Time to speculate what the top three will be. That silly book of Meyers will be in it and I even dare to predict it will be nr. 1, but the other two?”

    Besides Meyers’ book, probably the failure to find life on Mars, and since they’re wallowing in their disasters, I’d guess Coppedge.

  6. Meyer’s book definitely Number 1. It’s the only Number 1 he’ll ever get. However, they’ll crow about it opening Number 7 on the NYT Bestseller list, although it sank to 1,000,000 the next day. They’ll point out it’s Number 1 in some Amazon category except the category that counts: Theology > Creationism.

    I don’t think they’ll mention Coppedge. Leave the guy alone. They would have to be Death Eaters to dredge up old Coppedge.

    Better to mention their “win” at the California Science Museum or was that last year? So many debacles, I lose track of the time.

    Oh, oh, if they’re looking for ID failures, how about all the academic freedom bills that failed across the nation. What was it six, seven? All failed. Not one passed.

    I know, since the Disco Tute headquarters is physically above a gym in Seattle, maybe the Tooters got discount gym memberships! That would be a win, wouldn’t it?

  7. Rikki_Tikki_Taalik

    Doc Bill said …

    Ball State was particularly humiliating because Pres. Gora simply ignored Disco Tute threats of litigation (what else can they do, withhold donations?) and called ID “not science” and not to be taught as science in the Science Department.

    IIRC even a few of the “heavy hitters” of ID have admitted that the ID political movement doesn’t have an ID theory or any actual science to teach. So when the Dishonesty Institute makes claims like …

    #4 of Our Top-Ten Evolution Stories of 2013: Ball State President Imposes Gag Order on Intelligent Design

    … it’s nothing more than rhetoric in the service maintaining the propaganda of persecution. Those that were criticizing what was going on at Ball State were pointing out the fact that was being offered under the guise of science, not that they didn’t have a right to offer the class at all. All they would have needed to do at Ball State was to have the class redefined as a philosophy class or whatever was appropriate and it probably would have been fine. They could have that class being taught exactly as it was had they done so. The DI, by not suggesting this move, have essentially given ID the Gag-Ball themselves. I could be wrong but that’s the way it appears to me.

    One wonders if this isn’t the real objective and that the Gag-Ball State Affair is actually considered by them to be a rousing success. This article of theirs, and certainly there are more to come, is the real payoff and not some handful of people attending one silly class. The DI’s job description is marketing doubt with a side of self imposed martyrdom for profit as best I can tell. If they didn’t have something to whine about they’d have to write crap about all the science they aren’t doing and we can’t be having that now can we.

  8. “All they would have needed to do at Ball State was to have the class redefined as a philosophy class or whatever was appropriate and it probably would have been fine”

    I’m not sure about that. There has to at least be balance in lectures presented in a philosophy class. You can’t proselytise in a philosophy class. He would at least have to have presented all sides of the argument and offered a wide selection of reference books instead of just pro ID books.