Once again, we’re in the middle of another news lull. The first time it happened we wrote Intelligent Designer on Holiday, in which we attributed the quiet period to the fact that the Intelligent Designer had temporarily become romantically involved with the Tooth Fairy.
A year later we wrote Reflections During a Creationist Ceasefire, in which we speculated that the Discovery Institute might be losing its ability to command press attention. In the next lull we wrote Intelligent Designer on Holiday, #2, and speculated about what the creationists were dreaming up for their next campaign. A few months later we wrote Intelligent Designer on Holiday, #3. Then, almost two years ago, there was Intelligent Designer on Holiday, #4. We used that occasion to present a Creative Challenge, asking what new promotion the creationists could do to generate news, and we’ve been presenting Challenges in subsequent news lulls. Now we have another.
We attribute the lack of news to the fact that creationists have nothing new to talk about. Ol’ Hambo has his museum and his ark, but although he may be able to keep his “ministry” going, it’s not going anywhere and he probably knows it. The Discoveroids have failed at everything they’ve ever attempted. All of the goals they set for themselves in their wedge strategy are unfulfilled. They have no published research in any credible journal, no credibility in the academic world, and they’ve never won in court. Except for Louisiana and Tennessee, their Academic Freedom bills have failed everywhere. The track record of creation science is indistinguishable from that of astrology.
Today’s challenge is for you to suggest something — anything! — creationists (either the bible type or the Discoveroids), could do to get their activities in the news. We’re not looking for a scandal. That sort of thing is always possible, and we’d be delighted if it were to happen, but that’s not what we’re looking for. The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:
You know the rules: 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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