[Logo link]Two recent Florida Op-Eds relating to evolution have hit the newsstands.
The ridiculous first--Casey Luskin, who else? Casey attempts to come across in his public persona as reasonable. His Discovery institute attack whines are usually muted when in public.
His Op-Ed piece can accomplish only the usual "teach the controversy" whine. Unlike a fine Cabernet, this whine does not improve with age. He trots out the same hoary talking points without a shred of truth or reliable evidence to support his points. He claims to teach the controversy but never specifies what is in controversy. Not only that, those darn Darwinists are so dogmatic when they're right. It's just not fair. In short, he thinks those Florida rubes won't notice the missing facts in all his verbiage. From the comments following the Op-Ed, I'd say they noticed. Casey Luskin, unMindful Hack.
The sublime--Carl Hiaasen, no hack at all, also weighs in. Carl has two thing going for him. First, he lives in Florida and has had a stellar career as a newspaper columnist.
Unlike cdesign proponentsists, Truth means something to him. Second, he has a series of really great novels revolving around the the recurring theme that many Floridians are nuts and deserve what they get. He writes fondly of Floridian foibles so his readers can draw universal lessons. He surely does not consider Floridians a bunch of rubes. His sense of irony is obvious.
I can only hope he writes a book on intelligent design. Inhis novels, Hiaasen delights in puncturing pomposity and deflating pretend experts. The comic possibilities are endless. Hiassen's column is in this same vein. He exhibits his classic fond but bemused ridicule of Floridians by pointing out the lack of scientific opportunities that can and will occur when Casey Luskin creationists have any impact on state education choice standards. Deftly done.
Was I harsh on Casey in accusing him of thinking Floridians were simple rubes? You be the judge. Check out his reaction to the Florida State Board of Education. Tricked, they were, tricked! Those rubes!
Thanks to Mister DNA, CBEB