As 2014 draws to a close, we find that we have a few loose ends that require resolution. Here is a list of them:
1 The Mark Armitage Case: You remember this one. He’s the young-Earth creationist microscope technologist suing to get his job back at California State University, Northridge, and he’s claiming “viewpoint discrimination.” He claims he has Evolutionists On The Run. The last time there was any news to write about was our Update for 05 Nov 2014, but it wasn’t much. We just checked the court docket and nothing’s happened since the university answered his complaint. There’s a Case Management conference scheduled for 12 January. We’ll keep watching.
2 The Kent Hovind Case: Back in November we wrote Kent Hovind Indicted Again. Poor ol’ “Dr. Dino” was just about to be released to a halfway house after nearly eight years in prison, but he just can’t get a break — nor, it seems, can he control himself. His trial for mail fraud is coming up soon. It’s more of a tax-protester case than a creationism case, but as we’ve often said, the two movements exhibit similar behavior.
3 The John Oller Case: You had forgotten this one, didn’t you? We didn’t. Oller is not only a creationist, he has other unusual views. He seems to be an anti-vaxxer. Oller sued the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he was (and still is) a professor. The complaint alleged that faculty members of the university’s Communicative Disorders Department discriminated against him in various administrative ways and marginalized his position because of his beliefs. But he wasn’t fired. The trial court dismissed his case and ruled that whatever slights and disappointments Oller may have experienced, they were within the university’s discretion and didn’t amount to a violation of his civil rights. Back in September we wrote: John Oller Has Filed an Appeal. There’s been no news since then, but we’ve been told that he also filed a new state court case against the university. There’s no news of that either. We’ll keep watching.
4 The David McConaghie Case: Yes, we saved the best for last. He’s the creationist preacher and Northern Ireland political operative who was arrested in connection with the discovery of a hidden camera found in the loo of Democratic Unionist Party member David Simpson’s constituency office. After a remarkably long investigation, he was finally charged with voyeurism. For some reason, the trial has been delayed twice. Our last post on this was McConaghie’s Bathroom Voyeurism Trial Delayed. No problem — they can’t delay the thing forever. We’re really looking forward to the results.
5 The Kansas NGSS Case: This is an ADDENDUM, added on 31 December. There’s been an appeal filed in this case, so it’s still alive. See: Kansas NGSS Case — It’s Back!
There will also be other thrills in 2015. The new sessions for state legislatures will begin, and crazed lawmakers will once again be introducing various creationism bills. That’s always fun. If you need to know the dates of the coming year’s state legislative sessions, you can refer to this: 2015 State Legislative Session Calendar.
And don’t forget the ongoing saga of Ken Ham’s struggle to get tax rebates for his Noah’s Ark theme park. Will he sue? Won’t he? The suspense is unendurable!
One thing we know for sure — there will be no scientific breakthroughs that support creationism. As we’ve said before:
Despite all the noise they make, creationists have had no impact on science, industry, agriculture, medicine, academia, or any other rational endeavor. We often fail to notice what doesn’t exist, but we shouldn’t overlook the fact that creationists have failed to accomplish anything of any substance whatsoever. Nor are any such accomplishments likely in the future.
And then there’s always the unexpected. Creationists are not like the rest of us — they can do the craziest things. It’s always fun when something utterly unpredictable happens, as is likely when dealing with people who are essentially unhinged from reality. So stay tuned to this blog for 2015. The excitement never ends, and neither does the entertainment.
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