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Monday, October 11, 2010

Darwinists have created a new set of Jim Crow laws. ID and creationist scientists are segregated from jobs and grants.

Censorship.  Should it happen in the 21st Century?  Wrong question.  The question SHOULD be, how long has it been happening?   Because censorship has been going on for several decades.   I can prove it.

Take the NCSE.  The motto as appearing on the Google page for the organization reads as follows:  

"      Defending Evolution in Public Schools since 1981. Learn more now!"

Defending Evolution?!   Science is about defending an unproven hypothesis?   Now, why do you suppose we have an organization that must do this?   Stop and think, do we have sites that do the following?

Defending The Atomic Numbering System?
Defending Geometry?
Defending Gravity?
Defending E=Mc2?
Defending Thermodynamics?

Uhm, no, I don't think so.  Here is another Google motto for the NCSE and how they present themselves:

"Oct 11, 2010 ... National organization devoted to defending the teaching of evolution in public schools, and keeping creationism out."

Public schools?   In other words, your school system that is funded by your taxes, right?   The place your kids go to learn and reason and prepare for life and also to be a useful citizen and a mature adult?   There is an organization devoted to censor these kids from creationism?
Really?   Did we have an organization funded in part by the US Government that was formed to defend Newtonian physics against Einstein's Relativity Theory?   Do we have a group of Einstein followers who are devoted to wipe out any and all mention of Quantum Mechanics?

Did you know the new push in public schools now is to teach children about homosexuality headed by the group, GLSEN?   To teach them about masturbation and having sex IN GRADE SCHOOL?  God help Massachusetts!   But what they really need, according to the NCSE, is to be protected from information about Creationism or Intelligent Design?

Yes, Dad and yep, Mom, the schools are trying to work in storybooks about how great it is to have two men as parents instead of the standard family unit.   They are teaching grade schoolers about how to use condoms and even both homosexual and heterosexual sex techniques.   But at least they are being protected from the very idea that there might be information and design in cells!!!  Makes you want to run out and contribute money to help the NCSE going, huh?

"NCSE provides information and advice as the premier institution dedicated to keeping evolution in the science classroom and creationism out."

But what they do not tell you and continually lie about is that the NCSE also censors Intelligent Design information while violating the Constitution by promoting a state religion in public schools.    Because Darwinism is certainly a religion rather than science.   If it was about science, Darwinism would have been discarded immediately upon the discovery of DNA.   DNA is a complex coding system that is found in all forms of life.  It is more or less the signature or label of the Designer and that it exists falsifies Darwinism.   If schools taught nothing more than Darwinism versus Intelligent Design on an evidentiary basis, then Darwinism would soon dwindle away to the status of a relatively obscure religion, like Zoaroasterism.

The NCSE is actually pretty easy to take on and take out in a fair and reasonable review of evidence and claims, as per this article.

This is why the NCSE and the ruling Darwinist Elitist Priests of Academia and Sciences will not allow even the mention of ID or Creation.   It is the same reason the king withdraws within the central hold of a castle when his reign is threatened.   It is the same reason people tend to put bombs around or near their flag in Stratego.    It is the reason the North Koreans do their best to keep their people from hearing anything at all from the outside world.   People protect the weak spot.  If the truth is a danger to you, do the cover-up thing.

The cover-up didn't work for Richard Nixon.   Threats of repercussions didn't stop Copernicus or Galileo.  Even the tortures and deaths of the Spanish Inquisition did not keep people from reading the Bible if they could get their hands on a copy.  Haeckel's fake embryo chart was exposed.   The peppered moth farce was uncovered.   Much of the plot to make Neanderthals seem apelike has been foiled.   Nobody takes the horse evolution chart seriously anymore.   Darwinism should have been tossed aside long, long ago.  Only dedicated teams of censors and a large and active Darwinist priesthood cranking out propaganda by the ton has delayed the inevitable.

In addition, the Global Warming Hoax, complete with faked graphs and incriminating emails and scientists twisting and tweaking data has joined in with the Darwinists to present a united front of stupidity.   Organisms were designed and the climate is driven by the activity of the Sun, but to the religious zealots of the Paradigm nasty old man is heating up the planet and by the way we evolved from mud!   Balderdash!

Like Martin Luther, Distinguished Emeritus Professor Harold Lewis has nailed his theses to the Global Dumbing Door:

Brave scientist calls out the global warming fraudsters

Thomas Lifson
Big money and big politics have corrupted Big Science, and global warming is the proof.

The American Physical Society is the pre-eminent academic organization of American physicists, and supportive of the global warming fraud, which has generated billions of dollars in research funding for Big Science.  In an extraordinary act, a prominent scientist has resigned from the APS, in protest of its forsaking of genuine science. Generally, scientists do not voluntarily separate themselves from such honors as membership in the APS.

Harold Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, sent the following letter to Curtis G. Callan Jr, Princeton University, President of the American Physical Society, an act Anthony Watts likens to Martin Luther nailing his theses to the door of Wittenburg Cathedral. The letter speaks for itself, laying out the problem of corruption of big science:

Dear Curt:
When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted by the money flood (a threat against which Dwight Eisenhower warned a half-century ago). Indeed, the choice of physics as a profession was then a guarantor of a life of poverty and abstinence-it was World War II that changed all that. The prospect of worldly gain drove few physicists. As recently as thirty-five years ago, when I chaired the first APS study of a contentious social/scientific issue, The Reactor Safety Study, though there were zealots aplenty on the outside there was no hint of inordinate pressure on us as physicists. We were therefore able to produce what I believe was and is an honest appraisal of the situation at that time. We were further enabled by the presence of an oversight committee consisting of Pief Panofsky, Vicki Weisskopf, and Hans Bethe, all towering physicists beyond reproach. I was proud of what we did in a charged atmosphere. In the end the oversight committee, in its report to the APS President, noted the complete independence in which we did the job, and predicted that the report would be attacked from both sides. What greater tribute could there be?

How different it is now. The giants no longer walk the earth, and the money flood has become the raison d'ĂȘtre of much physics research, the vital sustenance of much more, and it provides the support for untold numbers of professional jobs. For reasons that will soon become clear my former pride at being an APS Fellow all these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society.

It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare. (Montford's book organizes the facts very well.) I don't believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist.

So what has the APS, as an organization, done in the face of this challenge? It has accepted the corruption as the norm, and gone along with it. For example:

1. About a year ago a few of us sent an e-mail on the subject to a fraction of the membership. APS ignored the issues, but the then President immediately launched a hostile investigation of where we got the e-mail addresses. In its better days, APS used to encourage discussion of important issues, and indeed the Constitution cites that as its principal purpose. No more. Everything that has been done in the last year has been designed to silence debate

2. The appallingly tendentious APS statement on Climate Change was apparently written in a hurry by a few people over lunch, and is certainly not representative of the talents of APS members as I have long known them. So a few of us petitioned the Council to reconsider it. One of the outstanding marks of (in)distinction in the Statement was the poison word incontrovertible, which describes few items in physics, certainly not this one. In response APS appointed a secret committee that never met, never troubled to speak to any skeptics, yet endorsed the Statement in its entirety. (They did admit that the tone was a bit strong, but amazingly kept the poison word incontrovertible to describe the evidence, a position supported by no one.) In the end, the Council kept the original statement, word for word, but approved a far longer "explanatory" screed, admitting that there were uncertainties, but brushing them aside to give blanket approval to the original. The original Statement, which still stands as the APS position, also contains what I consider pompous and asinine advice to all world governments, as if the APS were master of the universe. It is not, and I am embarrassed that our leaders seem to think it is. This is not fun and games, these are serious matters involving vast fractions of our national substance, and the reputation of the Society as a scientific society is at stake.

3. In the interim the ClimateGate scandal broke into the news, and the machinations of the principal alarmists were revealed to the world. It was a fraud on a scale I have never seen, and I lack the words to describe its enormity. Effect on the APS position: none. None at all. This is not science; other forces are at work.

4. So a few of us tried to bring science into the act (that is, after all, the alleged and historic purpose of APS), and collected the necessary 200+ signatures to bring to the Council a proposal for a Topical Group on Climate Science, thinking that open discussion of the scientific issues, in the best tradition of physics, would be beneficial to all, and also a contribution to the nation. I might note that it was not easy to collect the signatures, since you denied us the use of the APS membership list. We conformed in every way with the requirements of the APS Constitution, and described in great detail what we had in mind-simply to bring the subject into the open.<

5. To our amazement, Constitution be damned, you declined to accept our petition, but instead used your own control of the mailing list to run a poll on the members' interest in a TG on Climate and the Environment. You did ask the members if they would sign a petition to form a TG on your yet-to-be-defined subject, but provided no petition, and got lots of affirmative responses. (If you had asked about sex you would have gotten more expressions of interest.) There was of course no such petition or proposal, and you have now dropped the Environment part, so the whole matter is moot. (Any lawyer will tell you that you cannot collect signatures on a vague petition, and then fill in whatever you like.) The entire purpose of this exercise was to avoid your constitutional responsibility to take our petition to the Council.

6. As of now you have formed still another secret and stacked committee to organize your own TG, simply ignoring our lawful petition.

APS management has gamed the problem from the beginning, to suppress serious conversation about the merits of the climate change claims. Do you wonder that I have lost confidence in the organization?

I do feel the need to add one note, and this is conjecture, since it is always risky to discuss other people's motives. This scheming at APS HQ is so bizarre that there cannot be a simple explanation for it. Some have held that the physicists of today are not as smart as they used to be, but I don't think that is an issue. I think it is the money, exactly what Eisenhower warned about a half-century ago. There are indeed trillions of dollars involved, to say nothing of the fame and glory (and frequent trips to exotic islands) that go with being a member of the club. Your own Physics Department (of which you are chairman) would lose millions a year if the global warming bubble burst. When Penn State absolved Mike Mann of wrongdoing, and the University of East Anglia did the same for Phil Jones, they cannot have been unaware of the financial penalty for doing otherwise. As the old saying goes, you don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. Since I am no philosopher, I'm not going to explore at just which point enlightened self-interest crosses the line into corruption, but a careful reading of the ClimateGate releases makes it clear that this is not an academic question.

I want no part of it, so please accept my resignation. APS no longer represents me, but I hope we are still friends.

Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, former Chairman; Former member Defense Science Board, chmn of Technology panel; Chairman DSB study on Nuclear Winter; Former member Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Former member, President's Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee; Chairman APS study on Nuclear Reactor Safety
Chairman Risk Assessment Review Group; Co-founder and former Chairman of JASON; Former member USAF Scientific Advisory Board; Served in US Navy in WW II; books: Technological Risk (about, surprise, technological risk) and Why Flip a Coin (about decision making)

Back in 2008, this article first appeared in Town Hall:

Evolution's Glass Ceiling
By: David Klinghoffer

Townhall Magazine
February 26, 2008

Original Article

Experienced scientists who support intelligent design theories literally have to disguise themselves in order to perform their research.

A biologist I know recently bleached his hair and changed his appearance in other ways so as to be almost unrecognizable. I'm being deliberately vague about his looks and identity because he was going undercover. When I last saw him, he was ready for a stint of researching and lab work on intelligent design at a university that he declined to name. On returning to the lab after winter break, he said he would adopt a different disguise.

I asked how he planned to alter his appearance this time. "If I told you," he answered mildly, "that would kind of defeat the purpose, wouldn't it?"

The purpose is to avoid being spotted by scientists hostile to intelligent design (ID). If Darwinists realized that this stealthy biologist was working in their midst, as the guest of a professor at the same university, they could make that host professor pay a heavy career price.

Welcome to the underground world of Darwin-doubting scientists, who say they fear for their professional future. The challenges faced by these academic nonconformists have implications that go far beyond the faculty lounge.

A criticism often leveled at intelligent design is that ID theorists haven't done the research or the writing in peer-reviewed scientific journals that would make their view a serious contender to overturn Darwinism. This proves-say ID's opponents-that intelligent design is nothing more than religion masquerading as science. If such "pseudo-science" were taught in public schools, that would amount to the establishment of a state religion.

What is ID, exactly? In brief, it asks whether unguided material processes alone were sufficient to produce the history of complex life on earth. ID argues that an intelligent cause, operating in nature, is the best explanation for the scientific evidence agreed on by Darwinists and Darwin critics alike. Much of the work being done on ID is organized by the Discovery Institute, where I work.
Evolution is hot these days, even showing up in the 2008 presidential election. Candidate Mike Huckabee has faced frequent questioning from reporters about his critical but vaguely expressed opinion on Darwinian theory. Meanwhile, Democratic contender Hillary Clinton declared in a New York Times interview: "I believe in evolution, and I am shocked at some of the things that people in public life have been saying," referring to her Republican rivals.

I asked leading ID-critics whether Darwin-doubters face any hurdles, beyond the strength or weakness of ID itself, to researching and testing their ideas. Kenneth Miller, a Brown University biologist, emailed me with a withering reply: "The conclusion of 'Design' should follow from well-done research on comparative genomics, molecular biology, gene expression, and biochemistry. There is, as you surely know, no barrier to such research."
Francisco Ayala, a biologist at the University of California, Irvine, was emphatic: "I cannot imagine any serious scientist or academic administrator trying to dissuade anybody else from carrying out any well-designed research project."

However, ID-sympathizers in academia say they face disturbing limits on scientific inquiry. Those limits work a bit like an invisible pet fence, popular with suburban homeowners who want to keep their dog from wandering out of the front yard. The pet wears a special collar. If he tries to cross over an underground wire around the perimeter of the yard, he gets an electric shock. Dogs and scientists learn quickly.

This April the feature-length documentary 'Expelled' will open in theaters, telling stories of scientists whose colleagues punished them for questioning Darwinism. One evolutionary biologist featured in the film, Richard Sternberg, was penalized by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History for editing an article favorable to ID in a technical peer-reviewed biology journal housed at the Smithsonian.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel investigated the case in 2005 and reported that Dr. Sternberg's Smithsonian colleagues created a "hostile work environment" for him "with the ultimate goal of forcing [him] out of the [Smithsonian]." His supervisor questioned others about Sternberg's political and religious beliefs, with a view to discrediting him. The museum confiscated his key to the facility and obstructed his access to research specimens.

Even a peripheral association with Darwin-doubting can destroy a scholar professionally. Take Guillermo Gonzalez, an astronomer at Iowa State University. He lost his bid for tenure in 2006 because he co-wrote a book, The Privileged Planet (Regnery), making a scientific case for the intelligent design of the cosmos. The book wasn't about Darwin or about biology.

Was Dr. Gonzalez qualified for the job? Actually, Gonzalez outperformed the tenured members of the astronomy faculty in basic measures of scientific reputation and scientific productivity. He exceeded his department's tenure standards, which measure "excellence" in terms of publications in refereed science journals, by more than 350 percent. Yet his department chairman flatly instructed the faculty voting on his tenure request that intelligent design is a litmus test, "disqualify[ing] him from serving as a science educator."

Some campuses are forthright in limiting academic freedom. In 2005, at the University of Idaho, biologist and ID proponent Scott Minnich was the target of a ban on challenging Darwinism in science classrooms. The university's president, Timothy White, rejected any view other than the orthodox evolutionary one as "inappropriate in our life, earth, and physical science courses or curricula."
Apart from these high-profile cases, scholars who have felt the effects of evolution's Invisible Fence fall into three categories: the untenured who fear professional ruin; those who have already been ruined; and tenured scholars who, in principle, can research freely.

The untenured will, as a rule, speak only on the condition that neither they nor their institution be named. I asked one such scientist if he felt free to pursue his ID-related research interests. He said, "No, absolutely not. It presents a problem for me."
Part of his problem is that, before he felt the shock of the Invisible Fence, he wrote some things critical of Darwinism that are still on the Internet. He's now most of the way through a six-year tenure-track process. But in seeking work before he got this job, "I was told directly [at another university] that the views I had expressed were the reason I was no longer being considered there for a research position."

Another biologist told of how, immediately after his interest in intelligent design became known, he had his lab space withdrawn. The assistant to the director of the facility emailed him that, due to an unexpected "space crunch," he had to be out in two weeks.

Asked about the statements of ID-critics that research critical of Darwin may be conducted freely, the biologist looked amused. "That's a huge joke," he said. He explained that professional science is "prestige driven and [scientists] don't want a knock to their prestige. You do well by impressing your peers, so you are reluctant to jeopardize that."

Being thought of as sympathetic to ID represents a blemish on a scientist's reputation. Thus an academic department or a scientific journal will be very reluctant to sponsor or publish research or writing that challenges Darwinism. A sort of intellectual paralysis results.

Caroline Crocker, a biologist with a specialty in immunopharmacology, can speak openly because she's given up hope of returning to academia. In 2005, Dr. Crocker discussed the scientific critique of Darwinism with the students in her cellbiology course at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va. When colleagues got wind of it, she was first forbidden from teaching either evolution or intelligent design. Then her contract was allowed to expire.

"I was absolutely shocked," said Crocker, "I was careful to let no one know what side [of the evolution controversy] I was on."

Her story was written up in the Washington Post and the science weekly Nature. When she later sought a research job at the National Institutes of Health, her reputation preceded her: "A friend, someone with connections at the NIH, told me, "Don't bother applying. You're blacklisted now.""

"There are so many bodies by the side of the road that people get the message," said Robert Marks, who teaches engineering and computational intelligence at Baylor University. One of his research interests is simulating evolution on computers. Without additional information (a/k/a design) being included in the simulation, he finds, the evolutionary process doesn't produce results as Darwin promised.

Dr. Marks has tenure and was lured away from the University of Washington in 2003, in an attempt by Baylor to upgrade its academic image. His latest book will be published by Oxford University Press. You might think he'd feel secure. Yet when I asked to interview him, he agreed only on the condition that his attorney listens.

At Baylor, Marks said, he has suffered "viewpoint discrimination, violation of academic freedom, persecution." In 2006, Baylor canceled a $30,000 grant Dr. Marks had received, which was intended to let him hire a famous ID theorist, mathematician William Dembski, to assist him. In 2007, the university disconnected a website Marks had put together about "evolutionary informatics," featuring ID-related work done by Dr. Dembski and himself.

As it happens, Dembski had been booted from Baylor once before. That was in 2000, when Baylor's faculty got him fired as director of an academic center on campus. It was Dembski's criticism of Darwinian evolution that roused the other professors' ire.

Dr. Dembski probably won't be invited back to Baylor soon. Robert Marks remains, but describes the campus atmosphere in dark tones that would, it seems, apply equally well to universities elsewhere. "I know a number of people here who are interested in ID," he said, "but I've advised them to stay away. It would destroy their tenure chances. It's a career-killer.""

Ben Stein starred in the movie, Expelled:  No Intelligence Allowed that was an audio and video treatise on the censorship and prejudice that exists in the world of science and academia right now and it's ties to atrocities of the past.  You think this is not an everyday fact of life?  Even at the highest level of science...

Intelligent Design Demoted
David Coppedge v. Jet Propulsion Laboratory et al.

By: Casey Luskin
Liberty Legal Journal
September 7, 2010

Link to Original Article

Like many of his colleagues at NASA’s taxpayer-funded Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Ca., David Coppedge is a mild-mannered, technically-minded employee. He began working at JPL in 1996, and in 1997 he joined the Cassini mission, one of the most ambitious space exploration missions ever planned. It successfully sent an unmanned robotic spacecraft to explore Saturn and its moons.

In 2000, Coppedge received a promotion to “Team Lead” system administrator, serving as a high-level system administrator, overseeing a wide range of computer networks vital to the Cassini mission with “super-admin” access. He has been a faithful, highly regarded JPL employee, leading occasional tours of the lab. As an outreach speaker, he presented Cassini’s findings to astronomy clubs and civic groups.

Coppedge also happens to be an avid supporter of intelligent design (ID), a scientific theory which holds that some aspects of the universe and life are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected cause, such as natural selection. The theory takes a strictly scientific approach and is not based upon any religious argument.

Coppedge is actively involved with the ID movement. He sits on the board of directors for Illustra Media, a Southern California-based documentary production company that produces high quality films expounding the science supporting design in nature. These films include Unlocking the Mystery of Life, which presents the case for ID from biological complexity, and The Privileged Planet, which argues that the universe and our solar system support design because their “fine-tuning” allows life to flourish. The films, widely available on DVD, contain only scientific content and feature credible Ph.D. scientists arguing for ID. Yet, it was Coppedge’s support for these two DVDs that led to a serious conflict at JPL.(2)

For years, Coppedge offered these pro-ID videos to co-workers at JPL in a non-aggressive, respectful manner. If his colleague declined to watch the DVD, he dropped the matter. But in early 2009, one of Coppedge’s supervisors learned of his distributing pro-ID videos among JPL employees. After yelling at Coppedge and accusing him of “pushing religion,” his supervisor ordered him to cease distributing the DVDs.
Coppedge felt singled out and harassed, and he expressed this to his supervisor.  Coppedge later learned that JPL’s human-resources department had started investigating the matter. But the investigation was not what he expected.

In April 2009, Coppedge was called before two different JPL supervisors, who informed him that rather than investigating Coppedge’s supervisor for harassment, Coppedge was the target of an investigation that charged him with creating a hostile work environment. The company’s investigation guidelines grant employees certain procedural rights. Coppedge, however, was advised of the nature of the accusations, the investigation procedures, the outcome of this investigation, and the verdict all at the same meeting – a gross violation of JPL’s Procedures for Investigating and Resolving Unlawful Harassment Complaints.

In the end, Coppedge was demoted and threatened with losing his job if he persisted in purportedly “unwelcome” and “disruptive” discussions of intelligent design. He was condemned and punished without being afforded a genuine opportunity see the evidence and respond to it. To this day, JPL has refused to inform Mr. Coppedge of the specific factual basis of their allegations. In effect, it was a trial of secret evidence.

Notably, taxpayer-funded JPL permits a wide-range of informal communications among employees on controversial topics, including the expression of viewpoints hostile to ID. But it was Coppedge’s non-hostile, friendly communications about ID that were singled out for censorship.

On April 15, 2010, Coppedge filed suit against JPL and California Institute of Technology, which manages JPL, in California State Superior Court in Los Angeles, alleging religious discrimination and retaliation, harassment, and wrongful demotion.(3) He is represented by William J. Becker Jr., a Los Angeles-based First Amendment attorney from The Becker Law Firm.

JPL is affiliated with NASA, a government entity, but it is managed by California Institute of Technology, a private entity. Coppedge’s case does not implicate the First Amendment, however, because his suit was filed in California State Court under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which allows more relief than federal law and protects against religious discrimination. Coppedge’s amended complaint lists all causes of action under the California Constitution and California code.

The case is peculiar because Coppedge holds, quite correctly, that ID is a scientific viewpoint and not a religious one, and yet he is alleging religious discrimination due to JPL’s restrictions on his pro-ID speech. But the epistemological status of ID is not at issue in the case; rather, the lawsuit looks into the mind of the employer, which openly charged Coppedge with “pushing religion” and creating a hostile work environment by discussing ID. In essence, since JPL deemed that ID is religion and then punished Coppedge on the basis of that belief, the suit argues that protections against religious discrimination under FEHA.

The case is not entirely dissimilar from an asymmetry in the law explored in a recent article I published in Liberty University Law Review:

If selective enforcement of the law is a hallmark of tyranny, then we should be exceedingly troubled by both the constitutional implications and hypocrisy of the evolution lobby – behavior that opposes advocating [views like] ID … on the grounds they are religious viewpoints, but expressly endorses public schools inhibiting, opposing, and disapproving of those purported religious viewpoints.(4)

While this case lies outside of the public school arena, one could likewise argue that when employers maintain that ID is religion, they cannot refuse to grant ID advocacy the full protections of laws prohibiting religious discrimination. Employers can’t label ID as “religion” and then expect to be exempt from religious discrimination laws.

The reality of course is that ID is not religion, but science. How much more, then, should Coppedge’s speech advocating ID be protected at a top taxpayer-funded scientific institution like JPL, whose mission includes studying the origin of life and the universe? Whether ID is deemed science or religion, Coppedge’s speech is protected. Either way, advocating for ID is apparently a bridge too far for a NASA agency’s administrators.
(1) Luskin is Program Officer in Public Policy & Legal Affairs for the Discovery Institute. In addition to his law degree, Luskin holds a Master’s in Earth Science and has been published in multiple law reviews; Journal of Church and State; Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Geosystems; and Progress in Complexity, Information and Design. He may be contacted at

(2) Facts of Coppedge’s case are derived from the First Amended Complaint, available at … .pdf.

(3) David Coppedge v. Jet Propulsion Laboratory et al., Case No. BC435600.

(4) See Casey Luskin, “Zeal for Darwin’s House Consumes Them: How Supporters of Evolution Encourage Violations of the Establishment Clause,” Liberty University Law Review, Vol. 3(2): 403-489 (Spring, 2009).

Thankfully, some scientists value truth over position and prestige.   If there was a sudden vaccination of courage that was transmitted to all academics and scientists, the majority who have been afraid to endanger their careers would speak up and all this global warming and Darwin nonsense would go quietly away.   Haste the day!


Jon Woolf said...

Now, why do you suppose we have an organization that must do this?

Because we have people like you who are attacking science in the name of superstition. Creationism is superstition, not science, and has no place in a public school science classroom.

The rest of this post is more of the same rubbish that creationists have always used to make themselves seem the martyred victim, and the scientific establishment the villain. Sorry. I didn't believe it then, and I don't believe it now.

Anonymous said...

Nobody cares what you think, Jon Woolf. I am simply stating the facts. You are part of the Darwinist Priesthood so you would not admit that your belief system is wrong and evil under any circumstance. But readers can easily see that I am making arguments based on facts, logic, and evidence with no superstition involved at all.

Trantio = me

Anonymous said...

Nothing funnier than a crying creationist. :-D

Anonymous said...

"But readers can easily see that I am making arguments based on facts, logic, and evidence with no superstition involved at all."

Sometimes, Radar, your unintentional irony is simply off the charts. Wow.

Anonymous said...

"Trantio = me"


Anonymous said...

Jon- don't listen to trantio. I enjoy reading all of your comments. Please keep it up.


Anonymous said...

Ah Radar and his many sock puppets.

I'm almost positive that "anonymous" posting is how Radar responds from work so that he doesn't get fired. I mean, who else actually types the phrase "Darwinist Priesthood"?!?

That said, I'm with Lava RE: Jon Woolf.

- Canucklehead.

radar said...

You guys all know by now that if I post from another computer I use the word identifier as my alias. I think it is hilarious to think that you guys suspect I am trying to be sneaky...I can post from work if I like. It is a matter of what computer I am using more than anything else. My work computer is hooked in to another ID so I will either be "AmericanVet" or some weird word identifier like trantio.

Darwinist Priesthood. Ha!

All of your blather on this post doesn't have anything to do with the information that I presented. I will continue to post evidentiary blog posts and keep on piling up the myriad reasons why Darwinism is a failed and ridiculous hypothesis that has had disastrous and mostly unintended bad consequences for the human race socially and ethically.

radar said...

Trantio would make an excellent name for a new band, though...Kind of catchy, yes?

Jon Woolf said...

"Darwinist priesthood?" Heh. No, such an honored title is not for such as me. I am but a lay brother in Ishap's Abbey at Sarth.

(And if you get that reference, you're much more widely read than I thought you were.)

Lava, Canucklehead: hakuna matata. I may have less time to comment now that I'm working again, but I'll still be around. It's far too much fun to watch Radar squirm. And to watch him misjudge me, time after time.

Radar, you can't match my knowledge of evolutionary theory. For that matter, you can't even match my knowledge of creationism. All you have is these articles that you copy-and-paste without even fully understanding them. Or understanding why you shouldn't trust any secondary source; rather, you should go straight to the primary source, the original papers with the original data.

See, if you ever started doing that, you'd realize that there aren't any primary creationist sources. Oh, a handful here and there, perhaps, but by and large the creationist literature consists almost entirely of opinion pieces about other people's findings -- pieces that consistently mis-state those findings because that's the only way they can be distorted into support for creationism.

Evolutionary theory is science. Creationism is superstition. Thus has it been for a hundred and fifty years; thus shall it ever be, in omnia saecula saeculorum.

radar said...

Jon Woolf, I am glad you have such a high opinion of yourself. I am sorry you have wasted so much of your brain on evolutionary hypothesis information, as it is of no particular use. As to creationism, what good is showing a picture to a blind horse? You are incapable of comprehending what you cannot believe.

It reminds me a bit of Star Trekkies who fleshed out the Klingon language and began writing histories of the entire Star Trek myth. Makes for a great hobby, I suppose. But here is where you founder on the rocks of reality:

Evolutionary theory is science. Creationism is superstition.

You have it backwards. Evolutionary thoughts began with the Greeks who thought everything was made up of four elements.

In the early 1800's, while Lyell was lying and Hutton was supposing a uniformitarianism that has been discarded, most scientists thought that life consisted of "protoplasm" even as they proved that life could not come from non-life, which remains a line Darwinists cannot cross (so they close their eyes and pretend it isn't there).

Darwin himself did not appreciate the complexity of life. He would be astounded at what is actually inside the cell. How a reasonable human being with your self-proclaimed high-wattage brain cannot comprehend what this means to Darwinism is a sign that you are a religious zealot incapable of turning over this part of your worldview to logic.

Jon Woolf said...

As to creationism, what good is showing a picture to a blind horse?

Bit of a muddled metaphor there, wot?

You are incapable of comprehending what you cannot believe.

Not at all. I understand creationism just fine. I just know that all the available evidence says it's wrong.

In the early 1800's, while Lyell was lying and Hutton was supposing a uniformitarianism that has been discarded,

[snicker.wav] I imagine there are more than a few geologists who would be surprised to hear that. Tell me, Radar, have you ever actually read Lyell's Principles of Geology? Did you know that Lyell rejected the notion of organic evolution?

How a reasonable human being with your self-proclaimed high-wattage brain cannot comprehend what this means to Darwinism...

What what means to 'Darwinism'? The complexity of life? What does that prove? Radar, this whole line of argument is based on the fact that you don't believe anything complex can happen by chance. And that belief is quite simply wrong. From water sorting sediment to air and water vapor combining to form a hurricane, complexity is born of simple interacting rules every hour of every day.

radar said...

Jon Woolf, that there are complex systems that operate effectively in the world is actually more evidence for a Creator who designed the solar system and the planets and the Earth and the Sun in the way He wanted them made. Organic machines that we call "life" also operate effectively despite radical changes in environment because they were brilliantly designed to adapt using pre-existing information in the cell/DNA code, which includes any number of switches and recombinations during the reproduction process.

There is no free lunch. Even one e. coli could not reasonably be expected to have evolved by chance according to the laws of statistics even if the barrier of life/non-life were able to be breached. Yet we have millions of different varieties of living organisms with differing information and meta-information so that it is inconceivable that chance could accomplish them all. It is just a story told to unknowing listeners who do not understand all that is involved in reproduction.

Neither you nor I can claim to understand all the facets involved because we keep finding even more design and more contingencies and redundancies built into organisms. God is a brilliant coder and organic engineer.

Science expected to be able to approach and understand the Universe logically because scientists believed a Logical Mind was behind it all. Since we find that life and matter is not random but ordered, that is a clue to you to understand that order had to be designed.

Can you take off the Darwin blinders? How do you expect order and logic in a world that came from random chance? How? Why do you keep claiming that the rocks support Darwinism when you know quite well they do the opposite? I am going to do a series on the rock record next just because Darwinists are like Whack-A-Mole and I figure if I hit each one hard enough it will knock some sense into one or two of them.

Jon Woolf said...

Organic machines that we call "life" also operate effectively despite radical changes in environment because they were brilliantly designed to adapt using pre-existing information in the cell/DNA code, which includes any number of switches and recombinations during the reproduction process.


Even one e. coli could not reasonably be expected to have evolved by chance according to the laws of statistics even if the barrier of life/non-life were able to be breached.

Tell me, Radar, do you understand the difference between the odds of someone winning the lottery and the odds of one specific person winning the lottery? Do you understand how it is that some people win big in Vegas, yet overall the house always makes a profit?

Science expected to be able to approach and understand the Universe logically because scientists believed a Logical Mind was behind it all.

And they were wrong. The Universe is quite irrational in a lot of ways. Quantum weirdness is probably the best example, but far from the only one.

How do you expect order and logic in a world that came from random chance? How?

Because true randomness necessarily includes small chunks of order.

Why do you keep claiming that the rocks support Darwinism

Because they do.