Today, Fox News reports: Rosie Ruiz, who cheated to win Boston Marathon, dies at 66. Are you wondering what that has to do with this blog?
As many of you know, we occasionally award a prize in in her name — it’s an award that only your Curmudgeon bestows — for those who claim victory in a race they didn’t run. The first time we gave out the Rosie Ruiz award it went to the Discoveroids. That was back in 2011 — see Discovery Institute Claims Victory in Gaskell Case. It was about a court case that got settled, and the Discoveroids had nothing to do with it — but they claimed victory anyway.
The next award was in 2013. It went to ol’ Hambo’s website for claiming that science was entirely due to what’s in the bible — see Answers in Genesis: Is Science Secular?
In 2015 we announced another award in Did Science Originate with Creationists? It was for all those who tell us that science didn’t exist until it was developed in Europe by creationists.
In 2016 we awarded the prize for a letter-to-the-editor. See Creationist Wisdom #679: Preacher Wins the Prize, in which a preacher claimed his religion was responsible for both science and freedom.
The last award was in 2017. That was in An Expert Argues for God’s Existence. A professor of public policy claimed that god gets credit for the mathematical underpinnings of the universe.
Rosie is gone now, but we shall keep her memory alive by making the award which bears her name whenever we encounter an appropriate situation. Creationists being what they are, we expect that there will be no shortage of such occasions.
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