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Advocate Newspaper Knowingly Publishes False Information About Louisiana Law Regarding Teaching of Evolution

The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge Louisiana today published a front page story about Louisiana’s new law regarding teaching of evolution that contains a completely false statement in the lead. The paper reported an unnamed official stated that “Louisiana is the only state in the nation that has enacted a law that could change the way evolution is taught in Read More ›

Louisiana State Legislature Passes Landmark Act That Encourages Critical Analysis of Evolution

Baton Rouge — With a 36-0 vote, Louisiana’s state senate today passed a landmark academic freedom bill protecting teachers that encourage critical thinking and objective discussion about evolution and other scientific topics. Known as the Louisiana Science Education Act, the bill was previously passed by the state’s House of Representatives with a 94-3 vote, and now will be sent to the Read More ›

Louisiana House Passes Academic Freedom Bill on Evolution and Other Science Issues

Baton Rouge — By a vote of 94-3, Louisiana’s House of Representatives today passed an academic freedom bill that would protect teachers and school districts who wish to promote critical thinking and objective discussion about evolution and other scientific topics. There was no vocal opposition, and the floor speech by Rep. Frank Hoffman made clear that the bill was about science, Read More ›

Debate, Evidence and Evolution

This article, published by The Baton Rouge Advocate, mentions Phillip Johnson of Discovery Institute: Debate over the Louisiana Science Education Act (SB733) calls to mind University of California, Berkeley law Professor Phillip Johnson’s Wall Street Journal op-ed observation, ‘A Chinese paleontologist lectures around the world saying that recent fossil finds in his country are inconsistent with the Darwinian theory of Read More ›

Bills Would Give Teachers Freedom Teaching Evolution

This article, published by the Baptist Press, quotes Casey Luskin of Discovery Institute: “There has definitely been a raising of consciousness among people that there is a problem of censoring scientific information that challenges evolution,” the Discovery Institute’s Casey Luskin told Baptist Press. The rest of the article can be found here.

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Video still from Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

The Dang Thing

In an essay published recently on National Review Online, John Derbyshire has declared that the documentary Expelled contains a blood libel against Western Civilization. His is an exercise of striking vulgarity, the more so since, as he insouciantly admits, he has not “seen the dang thing.” A blood libel, one might recall, refers to the charge that the Jewish people are irredeemably stained by their occasional, if modest, need for Christian blood. Some terms have acquired through their historical associations a degree of repugnance that persuades sensitive men and women not to use them. If Derbyshire has been repelled by the smell of blood, it is a revulsion that he has successfully overcome. 

Having not seen the documentary that he proposes to criticize, Derbyshire is nonetheless quite certain that he knows what it conveys. “It is pretty plain,” he asserts, “that it is a piece of creationist porn.” Perhaps I will be forgiven for suggesting that John Derbyshire’s late-night scrutiny of the Internet may have corrupted his habitual search for le mot justeExpelled has nothing to do with creationism, and if it is pornographic, the details have not become widely known.

Expelled makes a point far plainer than pornography and points to a phenomenon just as widespread. The scientific community is intolerant of dissent and morbidly so when it comes to Darwin’s theory of evolution. Those who reject criticism because it is unwelcome have in John Derbyshire acquired an ally of the best sort. He is not disposed to ask questions of his friends; and he is eager uncritically to attack their enemies.

It is a match made in heaven.

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Darwinians Hysterical Over “Expelled”

This article, published by WorldNetDaily, mentions Discovery Institute Center for Science & Culture Senior Fellows Richard Sternberg and Guillermo Gonzalez (in the full article): Stein interviewed Dr. Richard Sternberg, a biologist who lost his position at the prestigious Smithsonian Institution after he published a peer-reviewed article that mentioned intelligent design. The rest of the article can be found here.

Evolution Academic Freedom Bills Spread to More States

Six states (MI, FL, LA, AL, MO, SC) are currently considering adoption of academic freedom legislation designed to protect teachers who teach both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of evolutionary theory. Introduction of similar legislation is being considered by legislators in several other states, indicating the national scope of this movement. “Often in this debate the issues at hand get Read More ›

Michigan Becomes Fifth State to Introduce Evolution Academic Freedom Bill

Lansing, MI –— An Evolution Academic Freedom Bill (HB 6027) was introduced today in Michigan by Rep. John Moolenar. The bill is similar to academic freedom legislation introduce in several other states earlier this year and, if enacted, will provide public school teachers with academic freedom to present both the scientific evidence for and against Darwinian evolution. “Often in this Read More ›

Will Florida decision on evolution curriculum set national precedent?

This article, published by TCPalm, mentions Discovery Institute Center for Science & Culture Senior Fellows Guillermo Gonzalez and Richard Sternberg: Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez —— author of 68 peer-reviewed papers and whose work has been used to discover planets —— is denied tenure at Iowa State for writing a book on his own time that suggests the universe may be intelligently Read More ›