William Dembski shows his lack of intelligence

Richard Dawkins had his 66th Birthday earlier this week (March 26, a belated Happy Bday). The people running his site invited readers to wish him a happy birthday and thousands did.

William Dembski, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture sent a mean spirited message to Dawkins and then posted this rant on Uncommon Descent:

“For whatever reason, the people at richarddawkins.net put me on their mailing list and sent me an invitation some time back to write a birthday greeting for Richard Dawkins, who celebrates his 66th birthday today. Go to richarddawkins.net/happybirthdayRD, and you’ll find birthday greetings from Dan Dennett, Sam Harris, P.Z. Myers, Michael Shermer, etc. But my birthday greeting is nowhere to be found.”

Dembski is asserting that his birthday message wasn’t posted but of course it was posted, see if you can find it in the full list of messages. I’d heard that they never allow critical posts over at the Uncommon Descent blog but since I didn’t have first hand evidence of it I decided to post a comment to the blog. I submitted the following comment on the 27th:

Wow, you can’t find your name in the list sorted by name! That says a lot about you.

Well now I have first hand evidence, they wouldn’t post my comment. This is exactly the opposite of all the other blogs I regularly read, they all tend to let visitors get way past criticism and to the obvious troll stage before they ban a comment. I had hoped he might at least post an apology for accusing others of censorship without checking his facts but alas it seems he has no honor. Frankly how can anyone believe a word out of the mouth of someone so lacking in intelligence they can’t find their own name on an alphabetic list and so lacking in honor they won’t admit a mistake.

The more I read the writings of the other ID proponents it is becoming clear that all of them are being intellectually dishonest. They are simply looking for a way to force either religious teaching or intellectual laziness into the science curriculum of U.S. public schools. Fortunately for The U.S.A., science teachers and scientists aren’t standing for this and the courts have so far seen through their scam.

The latest high profile ID proponent is Dr. Michael Egnor who like the others simply ignores or criticizes a century of building evidence and, offers no evidence to support his claims that some supernatural force is the real cause for evolution.

Dr. Steven Novella wrote a good post on Michael Egnor at the NeuroLogica Blog a couple weeks ago, check it out. Last week, Coturnix at A Blog Around The Clock put together a good list of links to blog posts that cover Egnor and provide more answers to the questions Egnor raises. I’ve reproduced the list here for your convenience.

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Thought provocing article

I read an interesting article in the Telegraph newspaper online this evening. The first comment after the article showed an all to common lack of understanding of scientific proof.

Andy Cunningham wrote “When I realised there was no Father Christmas, I realised that there can’t be a god, either.”

I should like to know how you ‘realised’ this. The two are completely different, in that it can easily be proved that Father Christmas is not real, yet nobody has offered any strong evidence that God does not exist.

Following scientific methods and principles, you can not prove that either Father Christmas or God don’t exist any more than you can prove that reindeer don’t fly. To prove that reindeer don’t fly or Father Christmas doesn’t exist he will have to use thinking that would also lead to proving God doesn’t exist. This is why the religion I was raised with had no problem with science, science could never disprove the existence of anything supernatural including God.
It is not satisfying to many people but it’s an unavoidable reality that science can’t disprove the existence of the supernatural. The existence of the supernatural is provable using scientific methods but so far it hasn’t happened. This isn’t for lack of trying mind you, much effort and money has been expended over the past hundred plus years trying. There just hasn’t been any success in the research.

Karen Hunter, Debbie Schlussel are hate mongering bigots

I’m shocked at CNN giving air time to the hate speech from these bigoted intolerant women (they are certainly not ladies, transcript here). What ever happened to the belief in religious freedom that is in the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Check out the video and read this article for yourself and also the excellent commentary by PZ Myers. Please voice your opinion on this to CNN via the CNN feedback link.
Here’s what I sent to CNN:

Re: Paula Zahn Now: Karen Hunter, Debbie Schlussel, Stephen A. Smith on Atheism.

This was the most disgustingly one sided bashing of a minority I have ever seen on CNN. I’m shocked that you did not make any effort to have an atheist on the panel. What’s next a whole panel full of White Hooded Clansmen discussing non-white people and saying we’re a white nation.

If the subject of discussion had been any other minority group you would never get away with espousing such hatred and mis-information.

You should be ashamed of yourselves. I’m sure Roger Williams (1603-1684) is rolling over in his grave at the state of religious intolerance in this country.

I’m slowly beginning to feel that religion IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL in this world. These two woman should be made to live in one of the many repressive Islamic countries for a while and then see if they still think that religion should be forced on people by the state. Perhaps being forced to wear a burka and be a slave to men will wake them up to where their religious intolerance leads.