The Discoveroids’ listing of what they regard as the Top Ten items of the year has provided us with considerable entertainment during a time when news of The Controversy is at an all-time low. Now it appears that we’re not the only ones who are searching for material, and as we’ve pointed out in the past, these news lulls can lead to interesting insights.
We found something good in the Star Press of Muncie, Indiana — the home town of Ball State University. They’ve been a useful source of news about what we call the Ball State Imbroglio. For example, we relied on their reporting last July when we wrote Statement from Ball State University’s President. Jo Ann Gora’s informed and vigorous statement of policy that “intelligent design is not appropriate content for science courses” drove the Discoveroids to an extraordinary level of frenzy.
They actually issued some kind of ultimatum to the university. We wrote about that in Ball State to Discoveroids: “Bugger Off!” Our information was based on another story in the Star Press — in which they described the Discovery Institute with these words:
The institute is an anti-evolution, pro-creationism intelligent design think tank in Seattle that maintains supernatural forces shaped the universe.
So let’s take a look at the latest creationist news to be reported by the Star Press. Their headline is Gora’s ‘gag order’ a top story of 2013.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! They’re writing about the Discoveroids’ list of their Top Ten stories for the year. You recall that the Discoveroids had ranked their humiliation at Ball State as their Number Four, which inspired us to write Discovery Institute’s Triumph #4 for 2013. Let’s see what the Star Press says about it:
BSU President Jo An Gora’s “gag order” on teaching intelligent design in science classrooms has been named one of the top 10 evolution stories of the year by Evolution News & Views.
In July, Gora concluded that “intelligent design is overwhelmingly deemed by the scientific community as a religious belief and not a scientific theory. Therefore, intelligent design is not appropriate content for science courses.”
Yes, yes — we know all that. Let’s read on:
Evolution News & Views, a daily online news service of The Discovery Institute, a Seattle ID think tank, named “Ball State President Imposes Gag Order on Intelligent Design” as its fourth-biggest evolution story of 2013.
Yeah — the Discoveroids’ blog is a “news service.” So was Baghdad Bob. Anyway, the newspaper then talks about some of the Discoveroids’ other big accomplishments in their Top Ten. We’ve been through all that. Oh wait — then they drop the topic of the Discoveroids’ list.
They spend the rest of a rather long article discussing the issue we wrote about here: Ball State University Hires Guillermo Gonzalez. We’ve decided to call him “Gonzo.” His hiring was a surprise, considering that his prior position had been teaching at a bible college — a faculty post that isn’t the greatest science credential. Aside from that, Gonzo is known to be a Discoveroid “senior fellow,” so adding him to the Ball State faculty struck us as far more controversial than the fuss over physics professor Eric Hedin and his course on the “Boundaries of Science.”
We always thought that the mysterious hiring of Gonzo was the big story at Ball state, yet it was being unreported. We try to be aware of things that don’t happen when it’s natural that they should (sort of like Sherlock Holmes and the dog that didn’t bark in Silver Blaze), so our suspicions were enhanced because, throughout the Ball State Imbroglio, the Discoveroids have been silent about Gonzo. Back when we wrote Battle of Ball State: Setting the Stage we said:
A word of advice from the Curmudgeon to Ball State: Don’t worry about the Discoveroids’ feigned concern over Hedin, and don’t be troubled when they say you’re Orwellian. Remember the teachings of Sun Tzu. War is often about deception and diversionary maneuvers. The Discoveroids’ indignation over Eric Hedin’s class is merely a distraction. Keep your eyes on Gonzalez.
We are very pleased to see that the Star Press‘s article pays more attention to Gonzo than to the incident that made the Discoveroids’ Top Ten list. They they say there may have been irregularities, or at least peculiarities, in the procedures that led to Gonzo’s hiring. We want you to read it for yourself, so click over there. This is a news story we recommend.
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