Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Laughingstocks of the century

John Calvert knows a lot about laughingstocks. He's an author of the creationist revisions to the science standards, and the "lawyer" who "questioned" the "witnesses" back in the spring hearings.

So when he calls someone the laughingstocks of the century and the Journal-World announces that a KU class angers him, it's worth paying attention:
Creationism and intelligent design are slated to be the subjects of a Kansas University class next semester — but as mythology, not science.

“The KU faculty has had enough,” said Paul Mirecki, chairman of KU’s religious studies department. He said he planned to teach “Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and other Religious Mythologies” next semester.

Mirecki’s plans angered some of the state’s religious conservatives, who earlier this month successfully pushed changes in state science standards that critique evolution. And one intelligent design proponent questioned Mirecki’s science credentials.

“I would predict that (Mirecki’s) effort will go down in history as one of the laughingstocks of the century,” said John Calvert, an attorney and managing director of the Intelligent Design Network in Johnson County.
Of course, this is exactly where these discussions belong.

The goal of IDolators isn't to advocate something about the hand of God in the world, their goal is to mess with science. It's appropriate and necessary to point out that if he just wanted his ideas presented, he wouldn't care what department is handling it. But he wants to change how we understand science, and that dog won't hunt.

The century is pretty young, but Calvert is a leading contender for laughingstock of the century, and Mirecki isn't even in the running.

But the race is far from over. John Altevogt is making a serious play for the crown:

John Altevogt, a conservative columnist and activist in Kansas City, said the situation was the equivalent of David Duke teaching about race relations or Fred Phelps teaching about homosexuality.

“These guys should not be teaching classes in religion, because they’re both bigots,” Altevogt said of Mirecki and a fellow faculty member who could not be reached for comment Monday.
And we're off.