His colleagues at Lehigh are so impressed by his brilliance that they publicly disassociated themselves from him by issuing this statement: Department Position on Evolution and “Intelligent Design”. Also, as most of you know, Behe was the Discoveroids’ star witness in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. We wrote about his catastrophic appearance there in Michael Behe’s Testimony.
You’ll be thrilled to know that Behe has written a new book, and the Discoveroids have been furiously blogging about it. The first time was a couple of days ago. That was Darwin Devolves — Preorder Behe’s New Book; Plus Video Course on Intelligent Design!, in which they described him as the “Father of Intelligent Design.”
Here’s the book’s listing at Amazon: Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution. The Discoveroid post says:
Behe shows that science itself has defeated evolution and how it points now — definitively — to design. This is the choice we all face: cling to a failing theory or open our minds to the new idea that is bound to replace it.
A day later the Discoveroids plugged the book again, in Hypocrisy Watch: What to Expect When Behe Book Comes Out. John West warned their drooling fans that Darwinists would attempt to equate their “theory” of intelligent design with creationism so as to avoid discussing its scientific merits.
We didn’t bother with either of those posts, but today they’re plugging the book again. Their latest post is titled Evolutionist Attacks Behe Book’s Title. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Wow, this is lame. Jerry Coyne at Why Evolution Is True has learned of Michael Behe’s forthcoming Darwin Devolves: The New Science about DNA that Challenges Evolution. … Of course he’s unhappy about it, but check out the ridiculous objections. He doesn’t like the title:
Klinghoffer doesn’t provide a link to Coyne’s post, but here it is: Behe has a new anti-evolution book. Coyne hasn’t read the book yet (nor have we), but he knows who Behe is and what intelligent design is all about, so he doesn’t say much more than we’re saying here. All Klinghoffer can do is pluck out the most trivial thing Coyne says and he quotes that:
Let me point out here that the phrase “that challenges evolution” has an unclear antecedent, either the new science that challenges evolution — what he clearly means — or the DNA itself that challenges evolution. Bad title!
Klinghoffer flies into full attack mode, and tells us:
Since we’re nitpicking, “that challenges evolution” is a relative clause, not a phrase. (A clause has a verb in it.) And there’s nothing “unclear” about what the relative pronoun “that” refers to. DNA is a molecule and obviously a molecule in itself doesn’t “challenge” an idea such as evolution. But the “New Science about DNA” can, and does. Coyne himself says that’s what Behe “clearly means.” So if it’s “clear” according to Coyne, how can the antecedent be “unclear”?
Powerful stuff! But somehow we doubt that Coyne is limping away to recover from his wounds. Klinghoffer continues:
Coyne threatens to read Behe’s book: “I’ll have more to say about it after I’ve read it.” Yeah, sure. He’s said as much before and, as far as I can recall, not followed up on it.
And this is from Klinghoffer’s final paragraph:
But here is the lamest thing of all: a prominent participant in a debate, decrying an idea he doesn’t understand and on which he hasn’t bothered to educate himself.
Well! That takes care of Coyne. They won’t be hearing from him again. (That was sarcasm, dear reader.) But what about your Curmudgeon? We don’t understand intelligent design either. Nobody does. That’s because it’s a vacuous, nonsensical dogma that claims to explain everything better than evolution does — but which has no evidence to offer — except pointing to specific biological details and mumbling that the magical designer did it– blessed be he!
Anyway, we expect that the Discoveroids will continue to blog about Behe’s book, and we’ll probably ignore it — unless their posts are particularly amusing.
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