This seems more than a bit unusual. They wanted to “pillory him in public” for *supporting* the ToE? Isn’t the “pillorying” usually done for the opposite reason? Was it an ID conference? If so, why would he attend if he is offended by ID? Just wondering.
Maybe he wanted to talk about the "primacy of experiment" just like he said?
"you hold a mirror up to show how ugly the queen is and she sees only how beautiful she is!" - Dr. Laughlin.