Creationist Wisdom #574: Enemy of Evolution

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Charleston Gazette of Charleston, West Virginia — the capital and largest city of that state. It’s titled State standards enforce evolution propaganda. The newspaper has a comments section.

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name, but this one qualifies for full name treatment. He’s Karl Priest, a retired public school teacher in West Virginia with over 30 years experience as an educator including four years as a principal. He’s described at the website of something called the Patriot Action Network. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Glenn Branch, (of the wrongly named “National Center for Science Education”) has given his blessing to the new state science standards. I guarantee that had the standards not met Branch’s approval he would have been howling.

Karl is probably referring to this which appeared a month ago at the site of our friends at NCSE: Science standards adopted in West Virginia, or maybe this: Reaction to West Virginia’s new science standards. The state made some minor revisions to the evolution-friendly Next Generation Science Standards, mostly regarding climate change. Although NCSE found the changes to be “mostly harmless,” Karl is alarmed. He says:

What folks do not know is that the NCSE is an enforcer of evolutionism propaganda.

Oh, how wicked! Let’s read on:

The recent Gazette article said the NCSE “defends the teaching of evolution.” They cry “creationism,” but as the history of the Kanawha County Schools evolution battles and previous state science standards battle proves, the NCSE will not even allow scientific criticism of evolution.

Gasp — they won’t even allow criticism! Karl continues:

My website (THE INSECTMAN) has the documentation including FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] facts of how deceitful evolutionists are. Without censorship evolution would not last a week.

Wowie — check it out. Karl has a powerful website! He boasts that the Charleston Gazette refers to him as “West Virginia’s best-known enemy of evolution.” Here’s more from his letter:

There will be responses to this letter calling me names and citing supposed “facts” of evolution like “bacterial resistance.” That and any other argument to support evolution are easily refuted with science. Simply contact me via my website.

Yes, it’s so easy to refute evolution. Moving along:

As for “Climate Change”, Branch said, “They’re now out of the hands of politicians who want to meddle with them.” The NCSE never hesitates to bring in politicians to support its dogma.

*Sigh* That’s always in response to creationist-initiated political activity. The letter concludes with another blast at climate change:

Global temperatures have fluctuated for thousands of years. The fear of “Climate Change” fanatics is for students to study data that disputes the slant of the NCSE. Actually it is a tenant of their Mother Earth religion and they will use their version of the data to bring about more of their liberal nonsense that is destroying society.

Hey, Karl: Science isn’t “liberal” — not in the sense that word is used today. It’s the study of reality — something that theocrats abhor. Science flourishes in a classically liberal society — one that is sufficiently prosperous and free from governmental control so that people have the resources and the freedom do research. That’s the kind of old-fashioned, classic liberalism we enjoy as a result of the Enlightenment . But religious fanatics don’t want that kind of society, do they?

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13 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #574: Enemy of Evolution

  1. Karl hypothesizes: “Without censorship evolution would not last a week”. Actually, Karl, evolution has lasted for some 4 billion years, most of that time without any interference from creationist censorship.

  2. michaelfugate

    You can tell from his website that he is unhinged – almost everything is capitalized with exclamation points added for extra? emphasis. He is also a Tea Party Commander….

    Then there is this…..

    WAS TRAINED AT THE INSTITUTE OF CREATION RESEARCH (ICR) WHERE HE MET the renowned DR. HENRY MORRIS AND DR. DUANE GISH

  3. Karl notes that “Global temperatures have fluctuated for thousands of years.”

    Millions of years, Karl. Hundreds of millions of years.

  4. Karl notes that “Global temperatures have fluctuated for thousands of years.”

    That’s nothing, Karl. The temperatures in my backyard have been fluctuating all month long.

  5. @michaelfugate discovers that Karl “MET the renowned DR. HENRY MORRIS AND DR. DUANE GISH.”

    Simply meeting Doctors Gish and Morris establishes one’s scientific bona fides, but putting it in all caps is just boasting.

  6. Derek Freyberg

    The “Encyclopedia of American Loons” has yet to have an entry for Karl, but you may see this in the entry for Joseph Mastropaolo:
    “Karl Priest thinks evolution is refuted because i) evolution has been exposed as pagan Cebelese religion as practiced in Greece 2,500 years ago; ii) evolution is completely absent in the universe today, always has been, always will be; iii) every item associated with humans, animals and plants are creations, always have been, always will be; iv) creation is science because it is observable by billions of people trillions of times, always has been, always will be; and v) You [in this case Wilfrid Elders] refuse to defend your ideas in a debate for $10,000.00.”
    Mastropaolo and Karl together issued the “Life Science Prize Challenge”, which Ed Brayton summarized back in 2004 thusly:
    “1 The evolutionist puts $10,000 in escrow with the judge.
    2 The creationist puts $10,000 in escrow with the judge.
    3 If the evolutionist proves evolution is science and creation is religion, then the evolutionist is awarded the $20,000.
    4 If the creationist proves creation is science and evolution is religion, then the creationist is awarded the $20,000.
    5 Evidence must be scientific, that is, objective, valid, reliable and calibrated.
    6 The preponderance of evidence prevails.
    7 At the end of the trial, the judge hands the prevailing party both checks.
    8 The judge is a superior court judge.
    9 The venue is a courthouse.”
    Ed was unimpressed.

  7. michaelfugate

    Derek, did you notice that Karl posted a comment on the EAL site?

  8. Reading Karl’s website, I don’t think he was a public school teacher. With so many COLORS, CAPS and !!!!! it’s hard to tell.

  9. “their version of the data”
    Yes, it’s a bloody shame. Only God’s version of the data are to be accepted. Hey Karl, do you know which scientists also rely on their personal version of the data? Physicists! They keep on insisting that the Earth revolves around the Sun! God’s version of the data – I don’t have to quote the only reliable source available, do I? – clearly says it’s the other way round.
    I’m studying yet the issue whether the Earth is spheric or flat. Maybe you can tell us what God’s version of the data is?

  10. Actually it is a tenant of their Mother Earth religion and they will use their version of the data to bring about more of their liberal nonsense that is destroying society.

    Tenant? How about tenet, Karl? I bet yu weren’t a vary good speller, even after 30 yars teaching and principling.

  11. Those nutty liberals, they have been hard at work destroying society for at least six thousand years (if not billions) and still cannot manage a global cultural coup de grâce. They need to start thinking in terms of out sourcing to groups like the D.I., AiG, GoP. Now there are some planet busters.

  12. “My website (THE INSECTMAN) has the documentation including FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] facts of how deceitful evolutionists are. Without censorship evolution would not last a week.”

    Then how did it ever gain a toehold in the nineteenth century, when respectable scientists bowed to Genesis? Surely Darwin and his defenders weren’t censoring science from 1859 on; if without censorship the theory “would not last a week,” it should have sunk like a rock before the U.S. Civil War, never to be seen again.

  13. Derek Freyberg

    @michaelfugate:
    No, I missed that – didn’t read down to the “comments” section; though I see that the webmaster of EAL dealt with it handily.