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  • Intelligent Design and Evolution

    10/31/2009 6:48:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 68 replies · 1,328+ views
    tna ^ | Selwyn Duke
    Believers in Intelligent Design have often been scorned as being opposed to science, but science itself is showing that it is the evolutionists who are opposed to rational inquiry.Though The New American has no official position on evolution, we have published a number of articles over the years pointing to flaws in the theory and arguing for academic freedom on the subject. We did this most recently in "Allow Intelligence" (May 12, 2008 issue), our very favorable review of Ben Stein's documentary Expelled. In the following article, Selwyn Duke suggests that it's possible to believe in both an evolution of...
  • Snail Changes Outpace Evolution's Slow Crawl (speedy diversification supports recent creation!)

    04/14/2009 11:22:12 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 25 replies · 687+ views
    ICR ^ | April 14, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Snail Changes Outpace Evolution's Slow Crawl by Brian Thomas, M.S.* Scientists observe many changes to animal physiology that occur too quickly to fit the “slow and gradual” concepts favored by classical Darwinian evolution. An illustration of this type of rapid variation is the ever-growing list of dog breeds, which proliferated to over 150 from only a few dozen strains in just a couple of centuries. Now, the size of certain Atlantic Ocean snail shells is providing further evidence for speedy diversification within species, having “actually increased by an average of 22.6% over the past century.”[1]...
  • Dinosaur herd buried in Noah’s Flood in Inner Mongolia, China

    04/14/2009 8:36:29 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 409 replies · 6,986+ views
    CMI ^ | April 14, 2009 | Tas Walker
    Dinosaur herd buried in Noah’s Flood in Inner Mongolia, China by Tas Walker Published: 14 April 2009 An international team of scientists have uncovered graphic evidence of the deadly terror unleashed on a herd of dinosaurs as they were buried under sediment by the rising waters of Noah’s Flood in western Inner Mongolia (figure 1).[1] Dinosaur bones were first discovered at the site, located at the base of a small hill in the Gobi Desert, in 1978 by a Chinese geologist. After about 20 years, a team of Chinese and Japanese scientists recovered the first skeletons, which they named Sinornithomimus,...
  • Zebra or horse? A ‘zorse’, of course!

    04/13/2009 3:27:05 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 22 replies · 1,587+ views
    Creation Magazine ^ | David Catchpoole
    Examples of zebra-horse hybrids abound, but few are as stunningly eye-catching as ‘Eclyse’ pictured here.[1,2] While most other zorses have stripes across their entire body, Eclyse looks like she’s had her face and rear flank painted by a very clever artist. But the markings are real, and she’s become a major attraction at a safari park in the German town of Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock. Her mother, Eclipse, had spent a short time at a ranch in Italy, where she shared a paddock with other horses, as well as a zebra called Ulysses. On her return to Germany, Eclipse surprised her keepers...
  • A Changed View, A Changed Heart

    04/13/2009 12:11:54 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 5 replies · 728+ views
    AiG ^ | Tom Vail
    “Let’s go boatin’!” is the call that echoes off the walls of the Grand Canyon during my guided tours. It gets people moving and ready to head down river. In my years as a guide, I’ve had the privilege of taking thousands of people through the Grand Canyon, through what I now believe to be one of God’s true, created wonders. My love for the Grand Canyon started in 1980 when I went on my first river trip. The following year, I started working as a part-time guide, and in 1983, I left my corporate life to work in the...
  • Viral Batteries: A Case for Evolution?

    04/13/2009 9:14:12 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 47 replies · 1,419+ views
    ICR ^ | April 13, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Viral Batteries: A Case for Evolution? by Brian Thomas, M.S.* Researchers at MIT have invented a “greener” battery with the help of viruses. Three years ago, they engineered a virus that coats itself with material that serves as an anode, a structure within a battery that attracts positive ions. They have now engineered a virus (bacteriophage) that serves as a cathode, which indirectly links to the anode to help make the battery functional. The result is a battery with little impact on the environment. National Public Radio (NPR) ran a report on its Morning Edition that compared the development of...
  • Calling Ronald Wetherington’s Bluffs About Human Evolution (Texas Board of Ed. Testimony)

    04/11/2009 10:22:27 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 75 replies · 1,789+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | April 9, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    Texas Hold ’Em Part III: Calling Ronald Wetherington’s Bluffs About Human Evolution in His January Texas State Board of Education Testimony As a final installment in my “Texas Hold ‘Em” series calling the bluffs of Texas evolutionists, I’d like to highlight one section from Discovery Institute’s rebuttal to Ronald Wetherington’s Testimony before the Texas State Board of Education (TSBOE). Wetherington, who is a professor of anthropology at SMU, testified extensively to the TSBOE about human evolution, his area of expertise. Wetherington stated regarding human origins that we have “arguably the most complete sequence of fossil succession of any mammal in...
  • In the Beginning was Information: The Three Forms in which Information Appears (Ch 7)

    04/10/2009 8:59:39 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 19 replies · 503+ views
    AiG ^ | April 9, 2009 | Dr. Werner Gitt
    Information accosts us from all sides and presents itself over a wide range of manifestations: —From messages pounded out by drums in the jungle to telephone conversations by means of communications satellites. —From the computer-controlled processes for producing synthetic materials to the adaptive control of rolling mills. —In printed form from telephone directories to the Bible. —From the technical drawings which specify the construction of a gas-driven engine to the circuit diagram of a large scale integrated computer chip. —From the hormonal system of an organism to the navigational instincts of migrating birds. —From the genome of a bacterium to...
  • Stone Blades Cut Back Evolutionary Dates

    04/10/2009 8:17:18 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 56 replies · 1,148+ views
    ICR ^ | April 10, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Stone Blades Cut Back Evolutionary Dates by Brian Thomas, M.S.* Evolutionary anthropologists once thought that stone knives were developed in the late Stone Age, around 40,000 years ago. That figure was later revised to 200,000, around the Middle Stone Age, when stone blades were discovered in lower strata. Now stone blades have been found in Kenyan rock layers dated at about 500,000 years old according to evolutionary estimates.1 Thus, the original claim that “40,000 years ago, man made his first stone implements” was off by over 92 percent, suggesting that evolutionary depictions of human history are unreliable....
  • As Texas Goes, So Goes the Nation on Textbooks (Evos "furious"!)

    04/09/2009 5:44:20 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 65 replies · 1,981+ views
    The Washington Examiner via DI ^ | April 8, 2009 | Dr. Charles Garner and David Klinghoffer
    As Texas Goes, So Goes the Nation on Textbooks By: Dr. Charles Garner and David Klinghoffer The Washington Examiner April 8, 2009 Texas last week was the scene of a stirring illustration of democracy at work as the State Board of Education (SBOE) set itself the task of revising standards for science education, debating fundamental controversies in biology, paleontology and chemistry. The radioactive topic of evolution was the center of attention. When the dust settled, the resulting vote left Texas with the most advanced science standards on evolution of any state in the country. As you can imagine, many “experts”...
  • Did Early Man Have a Soul?

    04/09/2009 8:33:10 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 64 replies · 1,772+ views
    CEH ^ | April 8, 2009
    Did Early Man Have a Soul?April 8, 2009 — Some recent discoveries are surprising paleoanthropologists by how much some early ancestors seem – well, human.  We’re talking about ancestors half a million years old in the evolutionary scheme.  They were supposed to be prior to Homo sapiens and the Neanderthals, but they seem to exhibit intelligence and compassion. A report on New Scientist inferred that these early humans cared for the disabled.  The skull of a child found in Spain suggests it was mentally retarded.  To be able to live to age 12 indicates its parents or the social group...
  • Made in His Image: Balancing Body Temperature (all these complexities must work together!)

    04/09/2009 7:08:00 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 49 replies · 800+ views
    ICR ^ | April 2009 | Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.*
    Made in His Image: Balancing Body Temperature by Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.* A major achievement for design engineers is building precise control mechanisms for active processes. Lives depend on the precision in which certain processes are maintained, such as the manufacture of drugs. Even more vital to survival is the human body's complex, integrated system that maintains precise control over the body's temperature even when it generates tremendous quantities of internal heat through strenuous activity or is exposed to wide-ranging external temperatures...
  • Anti-God Ads Hit Dallas

    04/08/2009 9:09:57 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 73 replies · 1,906+ views
    ICR ^ | April 8, 2009 | Christine Dao
    Anti-God Ads Hit Dallas by Christine Dao* In the heart of the Bible belt, billboards stating “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone” have been posted in parts of Dallas, home of the Institute for Creation Research. The boards are sponsored by the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason (DFWCoR), an atheist nonprofit group which joins together smaller local anti-theistic organizations to “increase the growth, visibility and acceptance of nontheists throughout the Metroplex.”[1] Two ads have been posted in the D/FW area, one just a few miles from ICR headquarters, and will remain up through April. According to Fred Edwords...
  • Evolutionary Explanations: Substance, Seasoning, or Storytelling?

    04/08/2009 7:27:21 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 78 replies · 985+ views
    CEH ^ | April 7, 2009
    Evolutionary Explanations: Substance, Seasoning, or Storytelling?April 7, 2009 — A scientific theory should explain why certain phenomena in nature are the way they are.  This layman’s view, though simplistic, expects that a theory should also predict new phenomena before they are observed.  In many science reports on evolution, however, one finds evolutionary theory tacked on as an explanation after the fact, when the theory had virtually nothing to do with the research or the conclusions (for examples a year ago, see 04/04/2008).  The evolutionary interpretation also begs the question that it is the only explanation adequate to explain the phenomena...
  • Judaism in the Year of Darwin (a MUST read!)

    04/07/2009 12:17:49 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 265 replies · 3,536+ views
    BN via Discovery Institute ^ | April 5, 2009 | David Klinghoffer
    Judaism in the Year of Darwin David Klinghoffer BeliefNet April 5, 2009 Link to Original Article Welcome to the year of Charles Darwin. In coming months, the secular world will be celebrating two anniversaries relating to the originator of evolutionary theory. February 12 marks what would have been his 200th birthday and November 24, the 150th year since the publication of his book On the Origin of Species. The cultural and political battle over evolution in the United States will intensify. Yet I believe many Orthodox Jews feel that it somehow isn't "our fight." Darwin argued that a purposeless, unguided...
  • Your Eye Works a Precision Jigsaw Puzzle

    04/07/2009 7:40:15 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 558+ views
    CEH ^ | April 7, 2009
    Your Eye Works a Precision Jigsaw PuzzleApril 7, 2009 — You have twin 125 megapixel video cameras in your eyeballs. Each pixel, a rod or cone connected to a neuron, sees only a small bit of the total image. How do these bits, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, fit together? Scientists at the Salk Institute have found that they are finely tuned to fit together for optimum clarity. Writing in PLoS Biology, they said...
  • Metal 'Snakes' Fall Far Short of Life

    04/06/2009 3:54:04 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 31 replies · 758+ views
    ICR ^ | April 6, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Metal 'Snakes' Fall Far Short of Life by Brian Thomas, M.S.* Researchers at Argonne National Laboratories have observed nickel filings ordering into rows atop a special fluid. With precisely structured electromagnetic fields surrounding them, the snake-like rows undulated in their beakers. The magnetically-motivated metal’s meanderings appeared so lifelike that Wired Science writer Alexis Madrigal suggested the tiny nickel trains can provide “clues about how life originally organized itself.”...
  • The Vital Doctrine of a Global Flood

    04/06/2009 6:10:09 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 89 replies · 1,018+ views
    ICR ^ | April 2009 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    The Vital Doctrine of a Global Flood by John D. Morris, Ph.D.* Few biblical teachings are as controversial among evangelicals as that of the global nature of Noah's Flood. If Scripture is our guide, however, it could not have been just a local flood covering the Mesopotamian River Valley, as taught by most leading evangelicals today, but must have been worldwide in extent and effect. For instance, Scripture lists the primary mechanisms for the Flood...
  • Early Large Galaxies Stun Cosmologists

    04/03/2009 8:32:37 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 1,170+ views
    CEH ^ | April 2, 2009
    Early Large Galaxies Stun CosmologistsApril 02, 2009 — Cosmology has a kind of Cambrian Explosion of its own to grapple with.  Contrary to expectations, some of the earliest galaxies appear as large as current ones, if not larger.  Astronomers, using the Subaru telescope in Hawaii, examined five galaxy clusters with ages estimated at 5 billion years after the Big Bang.  Statements in a report on this study in Nature News make it sound revolutionary: The findings could overturn existing models for the formation and evolution of galaxies that predict their slow and steady growth through mergers. They calculated the mass...
  • Neo-Darwinian Theory Fails the Mutation Test

    03/27/2009 3:36:14 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 87 replies · 1,105+ views
    ICR ^ | March 27, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Neo-Darwinian Theory Fails the Mutation Test by Brian Thomas, M.S.* Darwin’s original conception of simple-to-complex evolution maintained that nature selected certain individuals with superior features, and in this way gradually, one tiny feature at a time, an entirely different creature could eventually form. The source of new features or feature fragments for nature to select, however, eluded evolutionists for decades. To answer this, the Geological Society of America in 1941 formulated a new version of Darwinian evolution. They decided that genetic mutations should be considered the source of new information for nature to select, and thus the Neo-Darwinian Theory was...
  • Evolution foes facing setback

    03/27/2009 6:23:20 AM PDT · by laotzu · 113 replies · 2,242+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 3/27/09 | Gary Scharrer
    AUSTIN — The State Board of Education gave a nearly-final nod to new science curriculum standards Thursday that would change a long-standing Texas tradition over how schoolchildren learn about evolution. The tentative vote — a final one is expected today — will mean teachers and students no longer will be expected to discuss the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution and the theory about the origin of life developed by Charles Darwin 150 years ago. The move is a setback for critics of evolution, who argued that teachers and students should have to analyze the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution —...
  • Academia's Assault on Intelligent Design

    05/28/2007 5:44:20 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 496 replies · 4,923+ views
    Townhall ^ | May 27,2007 | Ken Connor
    There is evidence for intelligent design in the universe." This does not seem like an especially radical statement; many people believe that God has revealed himself through creation. Such beliefs, however, do not conform to politically correct notions in academia, as Professor Guillermo Gonzalez is learning the hard way. An astronomer at Iowa State University, Professor Gonzalez was recently denied tenure—despite his stellar academic record—and it is increasingly clear he was rejected for one reason: He wrote a book entitled The Privileged Planet which showed that there is evidence for design in the universe.& nbsp; Dr. Gonzalez's case has truly...
  • Misleading Edge -- Intelligent Thought: Science Versus the Intelligent Design Movement

    05/24/2007 4:45:28 PM PDT · by Zender500 · 33 replies · 741+ views
    Touchstone ^ | April 2007 | Anika Smith & Casey Luskin
    When sixteen leading Darwinists write essays on a crash schedule to get a book out by the end of the school year, you might suspect a sense of urgency, and indeed, editor John Brockman opens Intelligent Thought with a plea for his colleagues to defend Darwin-based civilization from “the Visigoths at the gates,” the proponents of Intelligent Design, “whose only interest in science appears to be to replace it with beliefs consistent with those of the Middle Ages” and who pose “the gravest of threats to the American economy.” Brockman, a literary agent who went from pop publicist to managing...
  • Intelligent Design Scientist Denied Tenure (he needs our help!)

    05/17/2007 12:23:30 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 17 replies · 513+ views ^ | May 17, 2007 | Staff
    Intelligent Design Scientist Denied Tenure Despite Exceeding Standard Requirements By: Staff Discovery Institute May 14, 2007 Ames, IA – Astronomer and professor Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, co-author of The Privileged Planet and an advocate of the scientific theory of intelligent design, has been denied tenure by Iowa State University even though he has met or exceeded every required standard for tenure approval. “The denial of tenure to Dr. Gonzalez is blatant discrimination and violates both academic freedom and free speech,” said Dr. John G. West, associate director of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. Dr. Gonzalez is a senior fellow...
  • Intelligent Design Advocate Denied Tenure at ISU (and what you can do to help him)

    05/17/2007 8:26:04 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 16 replies · 694+ views
    AP (via ^ | May 15, 2007 | Nafeesa Syeed
    By: Nafeesa Syeed Associated Press May 15, 2007 DES MOINES (AP) --- Iowa State University has denied tenure to an assistant professor who has been outspoken in his views on intelligent design, prompting one group to claim he's being punished because of his views...
  • Intelligent Design Scientist Denied Tenure at Iowa State (what you can do to help!)

    05/16/2007 11:02:33 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 74 replies · 1,188+ views
    Me | May 16, 2005 | Me
    I found the following form letter on a website, copied and pasted it, and sent it to the president of Iowa State University. The emailed me back (probably with a form letter). But the point is, they are responding (and therefore keeping track)!!! Below is the letter I sent and their response. See reply #2 for a link for background info. on Dr. Gonzalez--GGG ---------------------------- To: Subject: Guillermo Gonzalez Tenure Ruling President Gregory L. Geoffroy, I am disappointed at the University's denial of Guillermo Gonzalez tenure application. Despite the fact that Dr. Gonzalez has 68 peer-reviewed publications, he seems...
  • Why evolution is a political question

    05/08/2007 9:24:03 PM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 330 replies · 3,504+ views
    Morse Code ^ | May 8,2007 | Chuck Morse
    During the May 3 Republican presidential debate, moderator Chris Matthews asked the candidates “How many of you don’t believe in evolution?” Sen. Sam Brownback, Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Rep. Tom Tancredo all raised their hands indicating that they did not believe in it. Rep. Barney Frank raised the same question in 2004 when he accused me, his opponent that year, of questioning the theory of evolution. Liberals are confident that those who question the theory of evolution will be held up for public ridicule and scorn. Many liberals pride themselves on questioning everything in life except when it comes to...
  • Romney in 2005: Opposed Teaching Intelligent Design in Public Schools

    05/07/2007 11:10:42 PM PDT · by TitansAFC · 44 replies · 947+ views
    The Brody File ^ | May 7, 2007 | David Brody
    The Brody File is at it again. Another little scoop. According to an interview Mitt Romney did with The Boston Globe in December of 2005, the former Governor of Massachusetts said he was against the teaching of intelligence design in public schools. There are quite a few Evangelicals who believe the exact opposite; that intelligent design should indeed be taught in public schools alongside Evolution. The quote comes from an article by Frank Phillips who was writing about how Romney felt the Boston media was distorting his views. During the article, Romney defends himself, saying he is not moving to...
  • No big bang over teaching evolution (New rules in South Carolina acceptable to all sides)

    05/07/2007 6:52:03 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 39 replies · 732+ views
    The State ^ | May. 07, 2007 | BILL ROBINSON
    Students, teachers flexible over new rules to explore life-origin theories. Camden High biology teacher Mitzi Snipes confronted this year’s controversial new rules about teaching evolution head-on. Snipes, a fourth-year teacher, told her students “to be open to new ideas.” “I also let them know that each of them would have a personal opinion based on their own upbringing and moral and ethical values,” she said. Her students did research and built Web pages outlining “Darwin’s theory as well as creationism. We talked about scientific inquiry and the necessity for science to be based on fact rather than personal values and...
  • Does Medicine without Evolution Make Sense? (Evolution is irrelevant to medicine in particular)

    05/03/2007 5:29:50 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 41 replies · 995+ views
    PLoS Biology ^ | April 17, 2007 | Catriona J. MacCallum
    Catriona J. MacCallum Citation: MacCallum CJ (2007) Does Medicine without Evolution Make Sense? PLoS Biol 5(4): e112 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050112 Published: April 17, 2007 Copyright: © 2007 Catriona J. MacCallum. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Catriona J. MacCallum is Senior Editor at PLoS Biology. E-mail: It is curious that Charles Darwin, perhaps medicine's most famous dropout, provided the impetus for a subject that figures so rarely in medical education. Indeed, even the iconic...
  • MU professor takes heat for views on ‘intelligent design’

    04/26/2007 9:28:48 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 59 replies · 1,182+ views
    Columbia Tribune News ^ | 04/25/2007 | JACOB LUECKE
    ‘As a theory, I believe that intelligent design fits the evidence of biology better than Darwinian evolution.’ —-- MU Professor John Marshall A Columbia medical professor made his case for scientific acceptance of "intelligent design" last night and found himself taking fire from his peers for his view. John Marshall, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia, argued in front of about 100 people in a University Hospital auditorium that mainstream scientists were trying to kick intelligent design "off the playing field of science." At the heart of the argument for design, say proponents, is that elements...
  • Research questions evolution theories

    04/25/2007 6:47:07 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 206 replies · 2,998+ views
    ABC News Online ^ | April 26, 2007 | Staff
    Scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies believe discoveries about the genetic complexity of coral could rewrite theories about evolution. After identifying about 10,000 genes, they believe coral could contain more genes than humans who posses about 20,000. Coral is considered to be a simple animal. However, Professor David Miller says its genetic complexity challenges the notion that life started out simple then evolved to become more sophisticated. "There's this intrinsic tendency to think about a slow accumulation of complexity and a slow accumulation of genes which have allowed an increased morphological complexity in higher animals...
  • Darwin loses again

    04/17/2007 8:13:01 PM PDT · by conmanning1 · 84 replies · 1,577+ views ^ | 4/13/07 | Michael Egnor
    Dr. Steven Novella doesn’t think much of people who disagree with him about Darwinism. Dr. Novella, a Yale neurologist, assistant professor and specialist in neuromuscular disorders, is also a ‘skeptic’ and co-founder and president of the New England Skeptical Society. He’s quite unskeptical about Darwinism: …evolutionary theory is complex. Evolution is a beautiful and subtle theory – one of my favorite scientific theories to study. I have spent years reading about it, learning from the best like Dawkins, Leakey, and Gould… He took issue recently with those of us who doubt the adequacy of Darwin’s theory to account for all...
  • The Coulter Hoax: How Ann Coulter Exposed the Intelligent Design Movement

    03/31/2007 1:48:09 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 449 replies · 9,284+ views
    Talk Reason (from Skeptical Inquirer) ^ | March 14, 2007 | Peter Olofsson
    In the summer of 2006, I heard that a new book called Godless presented an insightful and devastating criticism of the theory of evolution. Although I learned that its author, Ann Coulter, is not a scientist but a lawyer turned author and TV pundit, she nevertheless appeared to be an intelligent and well-educated person, so I started reading. At first I was puzzled. There did not seem to be anything new; only tired and outdated antievolution arguments involving moths, finches, and fruit flies. But it wasn't until Coulter dusted off the old Piltdown man story that I suddenly realized: it...
  • SMU profs protest intelligent design conference

    03/24/2007 10:28:12 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 193 replies · 1,944+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 03/24/2007 | JEFFREY WEISS
    Professors opposed to the Bush library aren't the only angry faculty members at Southern Methodist University this week. Science professors upset about a presentation on "Intelligent Design" fired blistering letters to the administration, asking that the event be shut down. The “Darwin vs. Design” conference, co-sponsored by the SMU law school’s Christian Legal Society, will say that a designer with the power to shape the cosmos is the best explanation for aspects of life and the universe. The event is produced by the Discovery Institute, the Seattle-based organization that says it has scientific evidence for its claims. The anthropology department...
  • Sisters High School biology teacher fired [Nazi/Planned Parenthood Powerpoint Made Public]

    03/24/2007 10:44:48 PM PDT · by Diago · 130 replies · 4,987+ views ^ | Mar 23,2007 | Alisha Wilson
    Sisters High School biology teacher fired amid controversial curriculum Mar 23,2007 00:00 by Alisha Wilson Board member releases teacher’s powerpoint presentation; says it was a “calculated decision on his part to bend young minds” Kris Helphinstine, a part-time biology teacher at Sisters High School was fired by the school board Monday night for deviating from the curriculum on the theory of evolution after only eight days on the job, four of which were spent teaching his own theories of evolution through a PowerPoint presentation that referenced Nazi Germany and Planned Parenthood. When asked why Helphinstine was dismissed, school board...
  • Oregon Biology Teacher Fired Over Bible References

    03/20/2007 2:02:43 PM PDT · by Diago · 187 replies · 4,033+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, March 20, 2007
    During his eight days as a part-time high school biology teacher, Kris Helphinstine included Biblical references in material he provided to students and gave a PowerPoint presentation that made links between evolution, Nazi Germany and Planned Parenthood. That was enough for the Sisters School Board, which fired the teacher Monday night for deviating from the curriculum on the theory of evolution.
  • Museum Officials Oust Research Associate Open to Intelligent Design Theory (Smithsonian)

    03/18/2007 11:10:07 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 122 replies · 1,712+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 3/13/07 | Cara Cook
    The vaunted Smithsonian Institution, highly regarded for promoting knowledge and science, is embroiled in a scandal for censoring scientific inquiry. It would be amusing when the mouthpieces of political correctness abandoned their mantra of freedom and tolerance to squash a threat to their power, if so much were not at stake. Consider the case of the squashing of Dr. Richard Sternberg, a former research associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and a distinguished evolutionary biologist with two doctorates in biology. Dr. Sternberg’s sin was to allow a scientific article critical of neo-Darwinism to be published in...
  • Intelligent Design Scientists Will Showcase Evidence Challenging Evolution

    Intelligent Design Scientists Will Showcase Evidence Challenging Evolution at Knoxville Conference KNOXVILLE – What is intelligent design and what scientific evidence supports it? Why is it so controversial? How does it differ from Darwin’s theory of evolution? Is there a purpose to the universe? What new scientific facts are turning evolutionary theories upside down? This one-day conference will answer these and other intriguing questions. The emerging scientific theory of intelligent design is a hot topic at universities and research institutions around the world, and is now the focus of a day-long conference called Darwin vs. Design, coming to the Knoxville...
  • Creationist Kurt Wise critiques secular science on program

    03/10/2007 11:07:03 AM PST · by balch3 · 112 replies · 2,168+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | march 7, 2008 | David Roach
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Secular scientists who fear allowing the conclusions of creationism into secular universities have good reason to be afraid because they are accountable to the creator, Kurt Wise, professor of theology and science at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said on the Albert Mohler Radio Program in February. “If it’s true that there was a creation, then you realize that means there’s someone in control,” Wise said on the broadcast hosted daily by Southern Seminary’s president. “And if there was a flood -- in other words, a creator who actually judged this creation -- that means we’re in big trouble....
  • Alchemy, Marxism, and the future of Darwinism

    03/02/2007 7:18:55 PM PST · by balch3 · 67 replies · 1,357+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | Feb 27, 2007 | Jonothan Wells
    recently found myself in a conversation with two college undergraduates, both of them seniors in the natural sciences (physics and biochemistry, respectively). At one point we were discussing alchemy, which they knew as a pre-modern attempt to transmute lead into gold. I asked them whether they could name any famous alchemists. They could not, though one of them dimly recalled hearing of “someone whose name began with A.” I then predicted that Darwinian evolution would eventually fade into the same obscurity that now shrouds alchemy. Although I knew from previous conversations that my young friends were skeptical of Darwinian theory,...
  • What is wrong with intelligent design?

    02/22/2007 6:22:34 PM PST · by Boxen · 648 replies · 7,720+ views
    EurekAlert! ^ | 22-Feb-2007 | Suzanne Wu
    In a thought-provoking paper from the March issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology , Elliott Sober (University of Wisconsin) clearly discusses the problems with two standard criticisms of intelligent design: that it is unfalsifiable and that the many imperfect adaptations found in nature refute the hypothesis of intelligent design. Biologists from Charles Darwin to Stephen Jay Gould have advanced this second type of argument. Stephen Jay Gould's well-known example of a trait of this type is the panda's thumb. If a truly intelligent designer were responsible for the panda, Gould argues, it would have provided a more useful tool...
  • McCain Speech Spurs Culture War (Libs mad at McCain for appearing with intelligent design group)

    02/22/2007 8:30:16 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 25 replies · 589+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 22, 2007 | Sarah Wheaton
    Senator John McCain will be in Seattle this Friday, where he’ll give an address, presented by the World Affairs Council and the CityClub of Seattle. [Updated for clarification:] The council’s release said Mr. McCain would talk about his “vision for the United States in the world.” It said he would answer questions such as: What is the role of the U.S. in the global community? How should the U.S. position itself over the next decade? What are the challenges, and how should they be addressed? What are the future global impacts on Washington State? [Update: 8 p.m. Danny Diaz, a...
  • Kansas Repeals Evolution Ruling

    02/13/2007 6:47:47 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 55 replies · 1,393+ views
    CBS ^ | February 13, 2007 | Staff
    The Kansas state Board of Education on Tuesday repealed science guidelines questioning evolution that had made the state an object of ridicule. The new guidelines reflect mainstream scientific views of evolution and represent a political defeat for advocates of "intelligent design," who had helped write the standards that are being jettisoned. The intelligent design concept holds that life is so complex that it must have been created by a higher authority. The board removed language suggesting that key evolutionary concepts are controversial and being challenged by new research, and approved a new definition of science that limits it to the...
  • French schools swamped by books challenging evolution

    02/05/2007 7:17:19 AM PST · by Boxen · 8 replies · 480+ views
    AFP/Yahoo!News ^ | Fri Feb 2 | Agence France-Presse
    Tens of thousands of French schools and universities have received copies of a Turkish book refuting Darwin's theory of evolution and describing it as "the true source of terrorism." The education ministry said Friday that it had warned school and university directors that the textbook is not in line with the recognized curriculum and that they should disregard it. Entitled "The Atlas of Creation," the 770-page book by Turkish author Harun Yahya quotes several passages from the Koran and asserts that "human beings did not evolve (from another species) but were indeed created." "We believe that there are lots of...
  • Evolution is just as religious as Intelligent Design

    02/01/2007 7:37:58 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 439 replies · 4,725+ views
    The Arbiter Online ^ | February 1, 2007 | Aaron Vandenbos
    Whenever there arises a discussion on the origins issue (as in intelligent design versus evolution), Darwinian materialists invariably go to great lengths to frame the discussion as science versus religion, despite the scientific validity of opposing arguments and scientific credentials of those who propone them. Any doubts raised about Darwinian evolution are automatically attributed to religious motivations that cannot possibly be rooted in fact. What is worse is that these doubts are dismissed without consideration and the scientist/teacher who raised them is blacklisted. You won’t see this on the nightly news, and the ACLU surely will turn a blind eye,...
  • Antievolution bill in Mississippi

    01/25/2007 10:25:54 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 1,177 replies · 12,952+ views
    NCSE ^ | January 24, 2007 | Staff
    Mississippi's House Bill 625, introduced by Representative Mike Lott (R-District 104) on January 9, 2007, and referred to the House Committee on Education, would provide, if enacted, "The school board of a school district may allow the teaching of creationism or intelligent design in the schools within the district. However, if the theory of evolution is required to be taught as part of the school district's science curriculum, in order to provide students with a comprehensive education in science, the school board also must include the teaching of creationism or intelligent design in the science curriculum." A similar provision was...
  • Anticreationist legislation in Montana

    01/30/2007 9:09:17 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 17 replies · 807+ views
    NCSE ^ | January 30, 2007 | Staff
    House Joint Resolution 21, introduced by Representative Robin Hamilton (D-District 92) on January 26, 2007, in the Montana House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Education, would, if enacted, express the Montana legislature's recognition of the importance of separation of church and state and support of the right of local school board trustees to adopt a science curriculum based on sound scientific principles. The resolution refers to "a number of national fundamentalist organizations seeking to force local schools to adopt a science curriculum that conforms to their particular religious beliefs and that includes theories commonly referred to as...
  • New state board tackles evolution immediately (Kansas)

    01/10/2007 7:06:45 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 320 replies · 4,496+ views
    ABC49 ^ | January 9, 2007 | Scott Rothschild
    Just minutes after a new moderate majority took control of the State Board of Education today, the issue of evolution came back up. The board voted to hear about proposed science standards that support evolution later in the day with a possible decision on them next month. The issue produced a long line of speakers both for and against evolution during a public comment period. Doug Kaufman, a physician’s assistant and pastor from Leavenworth, told the board that evolution “doesn’t stand up to real science.” But supporters of evolution urged the board to change the current standards that include criticism...
  • Judge copied ACLU in anti-design ruling

    12/12/2006 8:52:13 AM PST · by editor-surveyor · 238 replies · 5,106+ views ^ | December 12, 2006 | Art Moore
    © 2006 A historic judicial ruling against intelligent design theory hailed as a "broad, stinging rebuke" and a "masterpiece of wit, scholarship and clear thinking" actually was "cut and pasted" from a brief by ACLU lawyers and includes many of their provable errors, contends the Seattle-based Discovery Institute. One year ago, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones' 139-page ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover declared unconstitutional a school board policy that required students of a ninth-grade biology class in the Dover Area School District to hear a one-minute statement that said evolution is a theory and intelligent design "is an...