Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist, has found another website willing to post his essays. It’s CNS News, part of the Media Research Center, founded by L. Brent Bozell III. Bozell is the nephew of the late William F. Buckley. They posted one of Casey’s essays at least once before — see Another Conservative Group Goes Creationist.
The title of Casey’s latest is Intelligent Design in Resurgence Just Ten Years After Damning Dover Decision. They have an active comments section.
Casey’s essay is a rehash of dozens of his earlier posts at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog, many of which we wrote about before, but his claims may be new to readers of the CNS News website. All we’ll do here is excerpt just enough to give you a hint of what Casey is saying. Some bold font was added by us for emphasis:
In December 2005, a federal judge in Pennsylvania declared intelligent design (ID) a “religious viewpoint” that is unconstitutional to teach in public schools. Predictably, critics who backed the Kitzmiller v. Dover lawsuit jubilantly declared the “death” of ID. Now that we’re approaching the ten year anniversary of the case, we can count on the media to again proclaim a great triumph for Darwinian evolution and secularism. Reality, however, is very different.
What Discoveroids like Casey refer to as reality is a creationist fantasy-land loaded with evidence of their magical designer — blessed be he! — but that evidence is undetectable by the rest of us. And in Casey’s reality, Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District was a bungled decision that is utterly meaningless. He claims:
The Dover ruling was full of errors of fact and law. It badly misdefined intelligent design and ignored peer-reviewed papers and research by ID scientists.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He makes claims like that all the time — here’s one of several times we’ve written about his efforts: Casey and Kitzmiller — the Case He “Forgot”. Let’s read on:
Such a flawed ruling could never kill ID. But there’s a much stronger sign that ID is alive and well: the many intellectual victories for ID in the past decade.
Ooooooooooooooh — intellectual victories! What were they? Casey explains:
First and foremost, the ID research community has published dozens of pro-ID peer-reviewed scientific papers [link to the Discoveroids’ blog] advancing the scientific case for ID since Dover.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, it’s true, if you count the stuff that appears in BIO-Complexity, their own in-house “journal” — see Discovery Institute: Creationist “Peer-Review”. It’s little more than a blog with geeked-up language, formatted to look like a real science journal. Here’s more:
Even non-ID researchers have unwittingly and decisively confirmed ID predictions since Dover. In 2012, an international consortium of researchers published the ENCODE project, supporting the longstanding ID prediction that “junk DNA” would turn out to have function.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Junk DNA again. We’ve refuted that one too many times already. Moving along:
ID books and videos have also made huge impacts post-Dover. In 2008, over 1.1 million viewers flocked to theatres nationwide to watch “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” a documentary featuring comedian Ben Stein recounting various high profile cases of discrimination against pro-ID scientists.
Good, huh? Then he talks about Stephen Meyer’s books. Evolution has been on the ropes since then! One last excerpt:
Many more successes could be listed, but the point is this: ID has had many recent intellectual “wins,” and rumors of ID’s demise are greatly exaggerated. … Despite what you hear — or don’t hear — in the media, the scientific fundamentals of ID are incredibly sound and the future is looking bright.
So there you are. Casey says intelligent design is thriving! So are astrology, belief in ancient astronauts, Moon landing denial, crop circles, and a number of others. Casey is in good company.
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