Sometimes it is instructive to venture into the den of the enemy, per se. One place for this is the discussion venue attached to Panda’s Thumb, named “After the Bar closes.” There, you can find a whole entire thread over 650 pages long devoted to malicious personal attacks at anyone and everyone involved with, associated with, or even standing within 10 feet of a computer that is displaying Dr. Dembski’s blog. Their favorites, it seems, are to call one an “IDiot” – which isn’t clever at all – or even worse, a “Tard”. Yes, they are not content to attack ID advocates, but must also go after the developmentally challenged – insert your own observation here about “survival of the fittest” and social Darwinism.
That’s just one thread, however. On another, you can find a poll asking “Where Does ID Belong?” The answers available?
In Science Classes
In Philosophy of Science Classes
In Religion Classes
As a separate study (via groups like the IDEA clubs)
Ooutside [sic] of the school setting in churches, synagogues, etc.
It should be wiped off the face of the earth [sic]
Other (Please Specify)
Yes, they thought to include a choice to “Wipe [ID] off the face of the earth [sic].” Even more frightening is the number of people who have voted for this option. A more cynical minded person might think this a call to violence. Is it any wonder that ID science can not get a fair hearing with people like this in charge? Is it any wonder why I must hide my identity in fear of having my reputation trashed and my career ruined and being pushed out of the chance of being able to make a difference? How anyone can defend these antics as rational is clearly beyond me.
P.S. I’ve decided not to link to this cesspool of materialism, but if anyone wants to see for themself, it’s not that difficult to find this page through Panda’s Thumb.