This is the final post for the year, as we prepare for our long vigil to watch that goofy ball drop, wherever it is that it’s going to happen.
After this is posted, there are a few year-end chores we must perform: (1) backup the blog for the year; (2) change the copyright date at the bottom of our post template; and (3) set up a “Controversy 2016” supplemental table of contents page, to list the links to our posts about the expected legislative battles for the coming year. You can find all of those annual lists here: The Controversy.
As we leave 2015 behind, we resolve to stop searching for news about David McConaghie, the creationist pervert whose conviction was recently upheld on appeal.
We’re also abandoning the Kenneth Smith litigation. If you don’t remember that one, see West Virginia Evolution Suit Dismissed. We had continued to search in case he might file an appeal, but that seems not to have happened. Farewell, Kenneth Smith.
Likewise Mark Armitage. Our last post about him was Mark Armitage Update: 05 Nov 2014. There never was any more news about his case, and now we’ve lost interest. Wait — we checked the court docket. It’s set for trial next year, so we’ll have to keep looking for news about that one.
We’ve been thinking of giving up on what we’ve been calling the Kansas NGSS Case. A creationist group with the Orwellian name of “Citizens for Objective Public Education” had sued in an attempt to invalidate the state’s adoption of the evolution-friendly Next Generation Science Standards (the “NGSS”). The complaint was dismissed, COPE appealed, and the state replied. That was back in June, and there’s been no news since — see Kansas NGSS Case — State’s Appeal Brief. Well, there may still be some life left in that one, so maybe we’ll keep looking for news about it.
Then there’s the John Oller Case. Oller lost his federal civil-rights lawsuit against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and then he lost his appeal. The complaint was based on “viewpoint discrimination”because he’s a creationist and an anti-vaxer. Our last post on that was in September: John Oller Petitions the US Supreme Court. We’ve seen no further news about that, and therefore — oh wait, there’s news!
We checked the Supreme Court Docket. Oller’s petition was denied on 19 October 2015, so the federal case is finished. All that remains is a state court case he filed against the university when his federal case was dismissed. That seems to be going nowhere, there has never was press interest in it, so we’ll stop searching for it.
As the new year dawns, state legislatures will begin their new sessions, and we’ll have plenty of creationist legislation to write about. Also, Ken Ham’s litigation against the State of Kentucky is very much alive, so we’re still watching for that one.
And now, in the final hours of 2015, we declare this post to be the year’s last Intellectual Free Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. But beware of the profanity filters.
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We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it. And Happy New Year!
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