Monday, November 27, 2006

Dover Trial Heads for Silver Screen

The York Daily Record reported this morning that Paramount Pictures has hired Ron Nyswaner to author a screenplay for a movie production on the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial that took place in Pennsylvania last year. The movie will be produced by Lynda Obst of Obst Productions in Hollywood. The two had followed the Dover trial independently before eventually meeting.

The question that will probably be raised is whether this film will become a modern-day version of "Inherit the Wind"--the highly glamorized and historically inaccurate film about the Scopes Monkey Trial. (It is interesting to note that Judge Jones told a reporter during the Dover trial that he was going to watch "Inherit the Wind" for historical context, completely disregarding that the film is regarded as propaganda by most historians--even evolutionists). If Nyswaner is true to his word, then this film should not be Inherit the Wind II. Nyswaner told reporters that he will use transcripts, interviews, and news coverage as background for the script.

It will be interesting to see how accurate Nyswaner and Obst get their film to be.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Biochemistry Professor: Flunk all ID-Friendly Students

I posted about a week ago concerning a lecture being given by Robert Pennock of Michigan State University at the University of California at San Diego where all UCSD freshmen were required to attend. (See that post here). This was, no doubt, big news and appeared on blogs everywhere--over at Evolution News and Views, Uncommon Descent, and Overwhelming Evidence, among others. Well, the evolutionists have finally responded. Dr. Laurence A. Moran, a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto, posted the following on his blog:

Casey Luskin over at the Discovery Institute reported that University of California, San Diego Forces All Freshmen To Attend Anti-ID Lecture. Apparently, the university has become alarmed at the stupidity of its freshman class and has offered remedial instruction for those who believe in Intelligent Design Creationism.

Salvador Cordova has picked up on this at Dembski's blog, Uncommon Descent in an article titled "Darwinian indoctrination required at UCSD? Or will the other side be heard someday?". He notes that 40% of the freshman class reject Darwinism.

I agree with the Dembski sycophants that UCSD should not have required their uneducated students to attend remedial classes. Instead, they should never have admitted them in the first place. Having made that mistake, it's hopeless to expect that a single lecture—even one by a distinguished scholar like Robert Pennock—will have any effect. The University should just flunk the lot of them and make room for smart students who have a chance of benefiting from a high quality education.

Concerning the requirement that all freshmen attend Pennock's lecture, I had written "And such is academic freedom in the eyes of evolutionist." I guess I was wrong.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Darwin Strikes Back...and Out

My good friend Thomas Woodward has just published his sequel to his best-selling book, Doubts About Darwin. In Darwin Strikes Back, Woodward details the struggle that has emereged as the two sides of the evolution and intelligent design debate. He discusses the key players on each side and what contributions each have made to the debate. Here is what others have said about his book:

"Darwin Strikes Back tells the thrilling story of how the Darwinian establishment has summoned all its power to crush the frightening challenge of the Intelligent Design Movement, and how the rebels are not only surviving but gaining new strength as we respond to the onslaught. Highly recommended."
-Phillip E. Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley

"Taking the reader behind the headlines, Thomas Woodward--the premier historian of the Intelligent Design Movement--analyzes crucial developments of the past decade.
-Michael J. Behe, Professor of Biological Sciences, Lehigh University

In this world where the media misrepresents so much in the intelligent design and evolution debate, it is important to clarify and give people a better understanding of the issue. Both Doubts About Darwin and Darwin Strikes Back are well-written, excellent accounts of the dialogue between intelligent design and evolution. Both books are highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand where the debate started and where it is today.

The Story Behind Neanderthal

MSNBC reported this week that scientists had decoded Neanderthal genes, claiming that this close ancestor to humans began divering from humans in the evolutionary process about 700,000 years ago and made a complete split 300,000 years ago. This new research "could help shed light on the evolution of our own species...."

If scientists truly want the Neanderthals to "shed light on the evolution of our species," they should probably ready Buried Alive, the excellent book written by forensic orthodontist Jack Cuozzo. Cuozzo was hired to perform forensic orthodontistry on the Neanderthals and writes his stunning results in his book.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Evolution: Ban Critiques, Force Acceptance

The quest for academic freedom has reached a new pinnacle:

Take the "Evolution: Truth or Myth?" lecture which featured Michael Behe in 2004 at my alma mater. (Read an account of the story here). Here was a lecture held at a public school (a high school), after school hours, not funded by taxpayer money, and completely optional concerning attendance. This--according to pro-evolution facutly members in the school--was simply unacceptable. (The National Center for Selling Evolution Science Education also supported the school as demonstrated by a sequence of emails that passed between the school science department and Glenn Branch of the NCSE).

Fast forward two and a half years to November 2006 and a lecture is being held at the University of California at San Diego. The topic is "The Ground Rules of Science: Why the Judge Ruled Intelligent Design Creationism Out of Court" and the lecture features Michigan State University Philosopher of Science Robert Pennock. This lecture is being held at a public school (a state university), but unlike the aforementioned lecture given by Behe, this one is funded by taxpayer money, and manadatory for all freshmen.

And such is academic freedom in the eyes of evolutionists.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Voice for Students, Academic Freedom, Ousted from U.S. Senate

Never in my years working in the intelligent design movement have I met anyone more committed to providing students an honest education and more dedicated to restoring academic freedom to schools across America than United States Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA). Not only has Senator Santorum been a help to me personally, but he has spent the last twelve years in the U.S. Senate pushing for education reform.

In 2001, he added the Santorum Amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act. This amendment calls for critical analysis of all data surrounding evolution--both data supporting and opposing the theory. It allows students to discuss the controvery and full range of scientific theories concerning the origin and development of life. It was an amendment that gave students in public school science classes their rights of speech, thought, and academia.

Unfortunately, the citizens of my home state of Pennsylvania decided students should not be allowed to think freely and expand their horizons. On November 7, 2006, State Treasurer Bob Casey, Jr. ousted Senator Santorum from office by a 59 to 41 precent margin. To be fair, Mr. Casey is a good man and comes from a family dedicated to raising education standards. (Pennsylvania had one of America's top public educatin programs under Casey's father, Governor Bob Casey, Sr.). Mr. Casey has done many great things for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania serving as the former auidtor general and currect state treasurer.

That being said, however, there is no knowing whether Mr. Casey will support academic freedom as Senator Santorum did. He viciously attacked Santorum during the campaign for having "extreme" views--such as those in the Santorum Amendment. As a student, I find it quite offensive that allowing students to think and analyze material freely constitutes as an "extreme" view.

Indeed, Pennsylvanians and Americans lost a great senator Tuesday night. But more than that, students and all those who support academic freedom lost a great voice in Washington, D.C. I thank Senator Santorum for all that he has done and will continue to do for the students and teachers of this nation and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

However, even without Senator Santorum, the fight will go on.