The "Science" Teacher That Just Won't Go Away

Former public school “science” teacher John Freshwater is back in the news once again, this time after an Ohio court ruled that his case for overturning the dismissal from his teaching position should be heard in state court.

For those unfamiliar, Freshwater is the 8th grade teacher who first made headlines for refusing to remove a bible from his desk in early 2008. He was initially suspended in October of that year and was finally fired earlier this year for teaching creationism, encouraging prayer and allegedly branding a student with a cross…using a telsa coil!

And they’re still debating whether he should have been fired?

With all the budget cutting going on resulting in untold numbers of wonderful teachers losing their jobs across the country all with just a stroke of a Governor’s pen, should firing teachers like Freshwater be this hard? I mean isn’t our goal to find and employ science teachers that actually teach science and won’t maim our kids while doing so? Amazing…

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And The Winner Is…

I have been following the nomination process for the 2009 Crockoduck Award, which is given each year to the most ignorant of those who cherry pick science to fit their worldview, from the beginning.

Each year the competition is usually stiff with Kent Hovind winning last year but this year it was no contest.

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Happy Birthday!?

Those of us that understand that the 60’s television show The Flintstones was fiction might have missed a Fundie milestone that occurred yesterday though PZ Myers didn’t.

According to 17th-century Archbishop James Ussher and still believed by many to this day, everything everywhere turned 6013 years old yesterday. Ussher used various biblical sources to calculate the exact date of god’s creation of all things as happening on Sunday October 23, 4004 BC.

And I didn’t even bake a cake…

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The Origin Of Stupid

On November 19th, everyone’s favorite nut case Ray Comfort will be distributing 100,000 copies of Darwin’s “Origin of Species” to 100 universities to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of it’s publication. Of course Comfort couldn’t leave it at that so his version will include a 50 page introduction attempting to explain everything from how there is a direct connection between Darwin and Hitler to how evolution supposedly has no support. The pdf version of Comfort’s introduction is linked below.

This latest campaign by Comfort has again brought out another infamous wingnut from Comfort’s past. Kirk Cameron, who cut his crazy teeth as part of the famous banana video has made another video for Comfort, this time in support of Comfort’s 50 pages of inconsistencies, lack of facts, and other assorted falsehoods all which were quickly picked apart all throughout the blogosphere. So instead of me adding to the parade, I figured I would just post this video from Cristina that does a pretty good job for me.

(h/t – Pharyngula)

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2009 Golden Crockoduck Nominees Part Deux

More ignorant people trying their best to ignore or cherry pick science to fit their creationist worldview. Part 2 of the 2009 Golden Crockoduck awards is below for your Labor Day laugh.

If you missed the first video showing some of the 2009 Golden Crockoduck nominees, it is here.

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Golden Crockoduck

Ignorant people trying their best to ignore or cherry pick science to fit their creationist worldview now have an award. The winner last year was Kent Hovind and some of this year’s worthy nominees are profiled below. Enjoy.

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Oxymoron

PZ Myers came across an interesting event that surely has the Websters Dictionary folks scrambling to update their definition of oxymoron.

It seems that the Creation Museum is taking applications for the “Creation Museum Science Fair” which is open to kids in grades 7-12. The only requirement for applying is that you agree to sign a form saying that you are willing to pretty much ignore all science because of course using real science kind of defeats the creationism worldview doesn’t it?

Some highlights:

  • All projects should be clearly aligned with a biblical principle from a passage or verse.

    • The student should be able to explain why the verse or passage selected relates to their project. (Students should read the article “God and Natural Law” by Dr. Jason Lisle for an explanation of this concept.)

      • Students should consider the context of the verse(s) they are using.
      • The verse chosen does not have to directly apply to the project topic (e.g., Scripture does not directly address radio waves), but may simply relate the project to the Creator of the universe.
      • Students should read the article “God and Natural Law.”

  • Students should be able, with a clear conscience, to sign the AiG Statement of Faith, which upholds the belief in the creation of the universe in six, twenty-four-hour days about 6,000 years ago by the Creator God as revealed in the Bible.

2 things are are painfully clear from this.

First they should rename the event to the “Anti-Science” Fair as no science will be evident and second, after reading their “Statement of Faith”, shouldn’t it really be called the “AIG Grand Canyon Sized Leap of Faith“?

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