The absence of creationism from the news requires that we present you with another Creative Challenge. This one is about the Discovery Institute, which we consider to be Enemies of the Enlightenment.
We know that the Discoveroids’ legislative campaign seems to have totally bogged down. Other than Louisiana and Tennessee, their bizarre Academic Freedom bills have failed in every state that has considered them. They still have a number of drooling legislators who will continue trying to force creationism into the public schools, but further “successes” are likely to be few.
Their litigation campaigns have fared even worse. Aside from some nuisance settlements, which they hail as victories, they have never won a trial in any courtroom — see the National Center for Science Education’s list of Ten Major Court Cases about Evolution and Creationism.
And of course they have been total failures on the scientific front. They have no research program that makes any scientific sense. They do a lot of nit-picking about the actual research of others, but they have never published anything in any respected, peer-reviewed science journal that supports their “theory” of intelligent design.
It’s safe to predict that there will never be any scientific breakthroughs that support their “theory” or any other form of creationism. A breakthrough in creation science is about as likely as one that supports astrology — it’s not going to happen. Despite all the books they write and the noise they make on the internet, neither the Discoveroids nor any other creationists have had any impact on science, industry, agriculture, medicine, academia, or any other rational endeavor.
We watch what goes on at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog. Their recent postings have been largely chaotic, with no apparent theme. We can’t figure out what’s going on in their dingy Seattle headquarters, other than arranging occasional revivals at churches and bible colleges, and of course flattering their generous patrons in order to keep the funds flowing.
That’s the background for our latest question. The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:
You know the rules: A successful entry should be self-explanatory. You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.
There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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