Monday, March 31, 2008
Ready ... Aim ...
Okay, I can't wait to give you this from the Calvary Chapel decision.
It seems that the Discovery Institute's Own Foot Firing Squad was out in force for the case. In particular, Michael Behe managed to discharge a round into the plaintiff's oxfords.
Plaintiffs' evidence also supports Defendants' conclusion that these biology texts are inappropriate for use as the primary or sole text. Plaintiffs' own biology expert, Professor Michael Behe testified that "it is personally abusive and pedagogically damaging to de facto require students to subscribe to an idea . . . . Requiring a student to, effectively, consent to an idea violates [her] personal integrity. Such a wrenching violation [may cause] a terrible educational outcome." [Emphasis added]
Yet, the two Christian biology texts at issue commit this "wrenching violation." For example, Biology for Christian Schools declares on the very first page that:
(1) "'Whatever the Bible says is so; whatever man says may or may not be so,' is the only [position] a Christian can take . . . ."
(2) "If [scientific] conclusions contradict the Word of God, the conclusions are wrong, no matter how many scientific facts may appear to back them."
(3) "Christians must disregard [scientific hypotheses or theories] that contradict the Bible."
Didn't these people know what happend the last time Mikey got near a courtroom?
I have to wonder what is mounted on his wall, the heads of his various allies through the years?
Of course I have to admit that it's very hard to support his sectarian allies through pluralistic principles. He manages to make the hard look, well, impossible.
I don't suppose you might consider adding an rss feed? I keep forgetting to hand check this blog, even though I really enjoy it.
Oh, and thanks!
That is funny, especially since he seems sincere when he makes those statements.
He is apparently genuinely clueless about science, which makes me think that he's more the "cookbook" type of scientist (learn a few methods, follow the recipes) than one who could ever discover anything truly novel.