Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

Discovery Institute Caught Illegally Censoring Free Speech

August 13, 2009

If you’ve been under the impression that the Discovery Institute has any interest in open debate about the legitimacy of their challenges to evolutionary theory, allow me to relieve you of that burden. The DI has been caught illegally censoring free speech that criticized their own dishonest and scientifically illiterate tactics. An individual who posted a critique of an interview given by Casey Luskin, a major DI mouthpiece, on Fox News surprisingly found himself the subject of a Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaint despite the fact that the video did not constitute a violation of the DMCA and, most obviously, the Discovery Institute doesn’t own the copyright to the video! Depending on your familiarity with the DMCA, this may or may not seem like a big deal. However, maliciously filing a false DMCA claim is a federal crime and yet another example of the tactics employed by the Discovery Institute.

This first video is an explanation of what happened.

And here’s the original one that the DI tried to censor.

Faux Outrage From The Discovery Institute

August 13, 2009

“It’s a strange scientific revolution that seeks to establish its position in secondary school curricula before the research itself has been accomplished. But this obvious impediment is removed if the revolution is based on a redefinition of science rather than on new research.”1

America’s favorite Intelligent Design cranks are at it again.  Admittedly, this most recent release from the DI is somewhat tame.  It is, however, just the latest in an incredibly long line of deliberate misinformation being spouted by the leading propagandists of modern creationism (read: Intelligent Design).  Today, they’re unhappy about a paper published by members of the National Center for Science Education.  However, a quick examination of past and current tactics of the Discovery Institute and its predecessors quickly illuminates why those seemingly innocuous words the DI is so up in arms about really are troubling.


Exposing A Cult: Latest Revelations About Scientology

August 6, 2009

A lot of information about the inner-workings of Scientology has come to light in just the last couple of months as increasing numbers of former Scientologists have spoken publicly about their experiences in the organization.  It has to be considered a major failure for a group that guards its secrets so closely and works so hard to maintain a specific public image.  Unsurprisingly, Scientology spokesmen and lawyers have vehemently denied the accusations being made and attempted discredit the defectors.


Wisconsin Helps Country Take A Step In The Right Direction

August 2, 2009

Some people just suck at being parents.  It’s an unfortunate fact.  In most of these situations, there are mechanisms in place to protect the child and punish the parents.  They may be imperfect, but they exist to help those who can’t yet help themselves.  Laws in the United States (and most civilized societies) state that parents are responsible for providing the basic necessities of life for the child.  One of these would be basic medical care.  Failure to do so often results in removal of the child and prosecution of the parents.  At least that’s what happens as long as the parents are just garden-variety assholes.  If they’re neglecting or abusing their child as part of a religious belief (the term ‘religious belief’ casts a wide net in this instance), they are protected by law in many situations.


Congratulations, Britain! ‘God Did It’ Is Now Acceptable Science!

July 31, 2009

NARIC Officials Discuss ICCE Math CurriculumI stumbled across this article with the help of Pharyngula earlier today.  Looks like I’ve found something new to get angry about.

Attempts to force creationism / intelligent design (they’re the same thing, don’t let anyone tell you differently) into the science classroom has been a mostly American phenomenon.  While the movement has been slowly growing across the Atlantic, it has been largely kept at bay.  The education director of the Royal Society stepped down last year after making statements that appeared to endorse the teaching of creationism.  Maybe he found a new job at NARIC.