The elves in our art department toiled all night to produce that dazzling graphic, so before we say anything else, we want to give the little guys credit for their excellent work.
This is probably our final post for the year, except perhaps for the next installment of the Discoveroids’ Top Ten series. No — we won’t be posting about that today. Their Number Two event of the year is Doug Axe’s book — see #2 of Our Top Stories of 2016: Douglas Axe Liberates Readers from Tyranny of Evolution “Experts”. We’ll discuss that tomorrow, along with the event they regard as Number One.
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 2017” supplemental table of contents page, to list the links to our posts about the expected legislative battles for the coming year. Oh, wait — we already did that, because of a pre-filed bill in South Carolina we recently wrote about. You can find all of those annual lists here: The Controversy.
There are some matters we’ve been watching that will continue to interest us in the new year. First, there’s the expected chaos over Louisiana’s Science Standards Review Panel. There’s also a science standards controversy brewing in Texas — see Creationism Battle in Texas Is Heating Up.
We’re expecting some interesting stories about what many assume will be the Trump administration’s anti-science attitude. We have no idea what will happen, other than some relaxation of environmentalist regulations, but we’ll be reporting everything of significance.
The only creationist litigation still alive is — or may be — 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, and his colleagues weren’t nice to him. He tried — without success — to get the Supreme Court to consider the case, as we reported here: John Oller Petitions the US Supreme Court. He still has a state court case pending on the same issues — at least we think it’s still pending. The case never makes any news and it may just fade away, but it’s still something we occasionally search for.
As the new year dawns, state legislatures will begin their new sessions, and because there are numerous crazed legislators, some states will be considering creationist legislation. And as always, the usual creationist websites will continue to be a source of amusement.
Now, in the final hours of 2016, 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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