This is one of the funniest things the Discovery Institute has ever posted at their creationist blog: Conference on Intelligent Design Flees Portugal, Escapes Over the Border to Spain.
The author is Paul Nelson, a Discoveroid “senior fellow.” This is his write–up at the Discoveroids’ website. He not only contributes to the Discoveroids’ blog and lectures at their creationist revival meetings, he teaches at Biola University — a California bible college founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles. Here are some excerpts from his new post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Three different posters [pictured above Nelson’s article] for one intelligent design conference? Why? You can guess why. Some ideas are just too risky to discuss in a university setting, and intelligent design is near the top of the list. Actually, in light of what happened over the past few weeks with this conference, I’d locate ID as the leading candidate for the “But We Simply Cannot Talk About That Here” award.
Egad — what happened? Nelson says:
Here’s the backstory. A group of students at the University of the Algarve, in Faro, Portugal, wanted to have a one-day conference on ID at the university. They invited Professor Marcos Eberlin of Campinas State University in Brazil (the 2016 Thomson Medal winner) and me, to speak. The conference was scheduled for Monday, October 23, with university endorsement.
Okay, a Discoveroid revival meeting was scheduled at a university in Portugal. What happened? Nelson tells us:
Then, as soon as the conference was advertised, outside pressure began to stop it. On September 22, we received word that the event had been cancelled by the university. Score this as Cancellation Number One.
Number one? Then what happened? Nelson continues:
So they looked around, and found another school willing to host the event, in the north of Portugal: the University of Porto. A university science dean, Professor Fernanda Ribeiro, agreed to participate, and was listed on the program. Good to go, right?
Did something else happen? Let’s read on:
Except that conferences need publicity, and (again) as soon as the new location was advertised, external pressure came down hard on the University of Porto, and on Professor Ribeiro in particular. On October 15 — eight days before the conference was to occur — she [presumably Professor Fernanda Ribeiro] cancelled the event.
Wowie — that was cancellation number two! How embarrassing. Here’s another excerpt:
Tough kids don’t give up. If they couldn’t find a Portuguese university to hold the event, they would cross the border to northern Spain, and locate the conference in a commercial setting (i.e., hotel conference room), where breaking an agreement still means something. So, off to León, Spain, to the Paradores León Hostal de San Marcos: [pretty photo of the hotel].
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! They had to hold the Discoveroid revival meeting at a hotel in Spain! Here’s more:
The conference program had to be abbreviated, and the youngest son of physicist David Saravia, one of the speakers, fell onto the hotel lobby’s marble floor while playing and BROKE HIS ARM — you can see the cast on his left arm, below — which necessitated a hospital visit during the conference.
The Discoveroids just can’t get a break — oops! — that’s an unfortunate phrase under the circumstances. Let’s read on:
But we managed to get the ID ideas into circulation. Ad astra per aspera.
If your Latin is rusty, that means: “to the stars through hardships.” And now we come to the end:
Academic freedom needs courageous young people to keep it alive. “But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.” (Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, 1791). Yup.
It’s charming that Nelson ends his post with that quote. We’ll offer one of our own: “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former” — Albert Einstein.
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