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Ayaan Hirsi Ali, women's rights advocate and critic of Islam, spoke at Yale yesterday without incident, despite objections from Muslim and other groups. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
It's not all that surprising to to read Sean Davis's report today at The Federalist. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
PZ Myers, aka the "Happy Atheist," has been a notable critic of this nasty side of the skeptic community. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Human dignity should not need defending. But Jefferson's "self-evident" truths are deemed so no longer. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
In the case presented by advocates of Darwinian evolution, vestigial organs are a star in the firmament, frequently and gloatingly pointed to. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Sometimes I think the new ethic is to put the very sick out of our misery. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Much to the credit of our friends at BioLogos, some spokesmen for the theistic evolutionary view have sought to engage in constructive dialogue with advocates of ID. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
You're Invited! More than 100 Churches and Other Groups Will Co-Host "Science and Faith" Simulcast on Sunday, September 21
Nearly a third of Christian young people think "churches are out of step with the scientific word we live in," and a quarter of them believe "Christianity is anti-science." Evolution News & Views
It's fun to watch PZ Myers dance around the implications of a vertebrate fish in the Cambrian. Evolution News & Views
Over the past weekend, I called into the Atheist Experience, a TV show based in Austin, Texas. Jonathan M. http://www.intelligentdesign.org
While Darwin may have doubted the fully naturalized mind and felt horrid, most latter-day supporters believe and feel good. Denyse O'Leary
Do you want to know what keeps me up at night? Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Some unusual marine organisms don't seem to fit anywhere in the animal classification scheme. Evolution News & Views
Members of the materialist religious denomination of futurists, often known as transhumanists, are having a bit of a tussle. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Huge unanswered questions remain, and they will only be answered by going beyond the discredited myth that "DNA makes RNA makes protein makes us." Jonathan Wells http://www.discovery.org/p/41
Many examples could be cited where evolutionary biologists are specifically critiquing the core tenets of neo-Darwinism. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Combinatorial flexibility adds another level of complexity to an already super-complex genome. Evolution News & Views
What matters is whether any of these theories can explain what needs to be explained: the origin of novel animal body plans and the biological information necessary to produce them. Paul Nelson http://www.discovery.org/p/45
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Ann Gauger, co-author of Science & Human Origins and senior research scientist at the Biologic Institute. In recent years, human origins has become an especially hot...
Sounds like a candidate for explanation via common design to me. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Antievolutionists Say the Darndest Things
Antievolutionists often express outrage over alleged incivility from those who oppose their efforts to evade the establishment clause of the First Amendment. But they have no difficulty in dishing out the abuse themselves. Here is a sample from the Invidious Comparisons thread that documents egregious behavior on the part of the religious antievolution advocates.
One thing that Jack Krebs and I agree with is that Pratt can be likened to an outpost under siege in a cultural war.
My wife and I just returned from a trip to Belgium. We visited Bastogne where a few brave Americans of the 101st Airborne Division were surrounded by the German Army during the battle of the bulge. The German attack was led by a crack SS unit that took no prisoners.
What were we fighting against in Bastogne? We were fighting against a Nazi regime that used the philosophy of Naturalism to justify a eugenics program of terrifying proportions. Naturalism is the belief that all phenomena result only from the laws of chemistry and physics and that teleological or design explanations are not valid. Naturalism is not science. It is a belief system.
In the same manner, the defenders in Pratt are fighting against Naturalism, although they may not realize it. Rather than fighting against science, they are actually fighting for science. They are fighting for science that is driven by logic and critical thinking rather than by a philosophy that teaches to the exclusion of all other teachings that we are the products of only chance and necessity. They are fighting for science that is driven by the scientific method rather than science that is driven by a philosophy of Naturalism.
Rather than using logic and good science to support its assault on the brave contingent in Pratt, the KCFS is using tactics one would expect from those that besieged Bastogne: scare tactics, misinformation and no substantive discussion of the real issues.
So, we are back looking at Pratt as the bombs fall. The question is whether the Board and the Community will be supported by the rest of us as they have had the guts that General McAullife and the other brave Americans had that cold winter day in Bastogne 54 years ago. McAullife's reply was very simple when asked to surrender: "Nuts!" McAullife and the 101st were subsequently relieved by elements of Patton's Third Army. In the same way we all need to rise up and put our hands together for the Pratt Board and Pratt Citizens that have just characterized the outrageous censorship by the science establishment as "Nuts!"