Tom Waits – You Can Never Hold Back Spring
The peanut gallery over at Uncommon Descent seems to be uncommonly interested in beating the Darwinism/Racism meme to death (see here, for example, for my comment on one such post and here and here for Barry Arrington‘s latest ejaculations on the matter; the latter features this historically inaccurate gem: “Darwin was a firmly committed Racist.”).
Dave Springer saw fit to post a piece on “Racism Sans Darwin” which quickly disappeared down the memory hole and got him banned by Arrington for not toeing the party line regarding Darwin being the Uber Racist. Hilariously, Arrington writes:
The moderation policy does not apply to [UD contributers]; you are held to a higher standard. I expect your posts to have at least some tangential relationship to Darwinism, ID, or the metaphysical or moral implications of each. The purpose of this site is not to provide a place for you to jump up and rant on one of your pet peeves. DaveScot will no longer be posting at UD.
So what did DaveScot write?
Since we now seem to be focused on racism instead of design detection and my motto is “When in Rome do as the Romans do” in order to balance the picture of the theory of evolution’s role in racist movements let’s look at some of the other modern history where evolution isn’t the banner around which racists rally.
[SNIP: Extracts on the Christian Identity Movement]
There’s a lot more at the link along with references linked to the numbers. I’d like to ask the audience to consider where we can find more people in positions of socio-political leadership: Christian church members or people who hold a PhD in evolutionary biology? Darwin, I contend, was a piker when it comes to fomenting racism.
Yup, he went there. He dared suggest that Christians could be or have been racists in the past. And for that he got kicked to the curb. Arrington’s reply? They’re not really Christians … and the Darwinists are worse.
Update: Afarensis beat me to the punch on this one by a few hours.
Texas House Bill 4224 (introduced yesterday) attempts to introduce “strengths and weaknesses” language, despite opposition from scientists and educators. More over at NCSE.
Mike Dunford has linked to a CAP poll for measuring political ideology. What can I say, I’m procrastinating, so I answered the questions and scored 344 out of 400. That makes me
a god-damned baby-eating liberal pinko scumbag “extremely progressive.” Below is the mean score by group:
I have yet to read the CAP report on American political opinion but here’s a link none-the-less.
Over at PT, Hector Avalos is reporting that the deadline has passed for the DI-inspired “Evolution Academic Freedom Act” (HF 183) to move out of committee in Iowa. This one is now officially dead. Thus the scorecard so far looks like:
- Mississippi – dead in committee
- Oklahoma – dead in committee
- Iowa – dead in committee
- New Mexico – in committee
- Alabama – in committee
- Missouri – in committee
- Florida – in committee
- Texas – at state board
This brings the tally for 2009 to three dead out of eight. Frankly I can’t imagine the DI is terribly happy about this.