Each year at this time the Discovery Institute entertains us with a series of posts about their Top Ten stories for the year. Last year the Discoveroids began their pathetic list on 23 December. It’s what they call their “traditional recounting of our Top 10 evolution-related stories of the past year, as compiled in a rigorous, peer-reviewed, strictly scientific manner by Evolution News staff.”
We look forward to their list every year, because it’s so laughable. They have nothing to show for their legislative efforts. 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.
The same record of failure haunts their courtroom efforts and their attempts to penetrate the academic world (except for bible colleges where creationism has always been entrenched), and their “research” that allegedly supports their “theory” of intelligent design is never published in any respected, peer-reviewed science journal.
Despite all the books they write, the videos they produce, the noise they make on the internet, and the numerous conferences they conduct to promote their “theory” — mostly at churches, but sometimes at facilities they rent at universities — they’ve had no impact on science, industry, agriculture, medicine, academia, or any other rational endeavor. It’s fascinating to imagine how they’re scrambling around to find anything to brag about — other than their own writings and revival meetings.
That’s the background for our latest question. The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us:
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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