How many times have we heard of the huge conspiracy that Creationism/Intelligent Design are being held back by 'Big Science'. I remember comments along those line in Ben Stein's abortion "No Intelligence Allowed", I've seen comment after comments online in posts in too many places to list. Just yesterday I posted about an article on Uncommon Descent that was quite explicit in it's accusation. . . well, here, you read it:
"Darwin’s followers have spent so much time stamping out dissent, they haven’t noticed the looming pile of contrary evidence, let alone done much to address it."(Creationists know more about Evolution?)Now, when asked for examples of this 'stamping out of dissent', I have yet to get a credible answer from anyone. Most often you get the stories of Guillermo Gonzales, John Freshwater, or Richard Sternberg . . . of course anyone familiar with any of those cases know they weren't silenced in any form. Just as a reminder, Gonzalez was denied tenure for failing in his responsibilities, Freshwater was fired for abusing students AND teaching religion instead of science, and the infamous Sternberg Peer Review Controversy. I hear about the Discovery Institute whining about not being able to be published in credible science journals, but are they actually submitting to those journals? If they were, why would they have to put forth their own journal?
In any event, I have yet to see any credible evidence that Scientists are trying to silence anything about Creationism/Intelligent Design. Oh yes, they are trying to keep it from being taught as a scientific theory in science class, just like they would argue against tarot cards and astrology. But any credible examples or trying to stamp out dissent? Not a one!
However, is the opposite true? Here is what happened just this evening:
I have mentioned before that I get news alerts from Google about a number of subjects that I am interested in. This evening I received this alert:
My first instinct was to think the link from Google was bad. But then I looked at the site. "Godlike Productions" and decided to dig a touch deeper. So, I did what anyone would do and did a search on the site for Kenneth Miller. I figured that should get me to the right place. The search returned no results. Hmmmm!