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My biggest motivation for creating my own blogs was to avoid the arbitrary censorship practiced by other blogs and various other Internet forums. Censorship will be avoided in my blogs -- there will be no deletion of comments, no closing of comment threads, no holding up of comments for moderation, and no commenter registration hassles. Comments containing nothing but insults and/or ad hominem attacks are discouraged. My non-response to a particular comment should not be interpreted as agreement, approval, or inability to answer.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Anti-Defamation League out of its league on Darwinism

The ADL's "Recommendations to RNC and DNC platforms" say,

(3) Creationism & “Intelligent Design”

Summary of Policy and Recommendations


Creationism, creation science and “intelligent design” theory are all religious theories of creation offered to explain the origins of the universe and are based on varying interpretations of the Bible.

ADL has consistently opposed these troubling initiatives – including so-called “Academic Freedom Acts,” which support the teaching and consideration of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution.

Advocating the right of students to learn science independently of religious doctrine honors the purpose and the promise of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The ADL's opposition to criticisms of evolution goes well beyond merely opposing the "teaching" of those criticisms in the public schools -- the ADL has opposed evolution disclaimer statements in the public schools (going so far as to file an amicus brief in the Selman v. Cobb County evolution disclaimer textbook-sticker case) and denounced the Darwin-to-Hitler themes of the "Expelled" movie and the Coral Ridge Ministries' "Darwin's Deadly Legacy" TV program [1]. ADL national director Abraham Foxman was unable to show that Darwin did not influence Hitler, so he tried to argue that Hitler did not "need" Darwin ("O, reason not the need!" -- King Lear).
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What does criticism of Darwinism have to do with anti-semitism or any kind of group intolerance (the ADL fancies itself as the champion of all supposed victims of discrimination, including gays who can enter civil unions or domestic partnerships but are denied the right to marry)? Absolutely nothing. And attempting to convert Jews is not one of the purposes of criticizing Darwinism; after all, some Jews -- especially orthodox Jews -- are among the biggest critics of Darwinism [2], [3], [4]. And I am surprised that anti-Darwinist Jews have not more frequently called out the ADL about the ADL's extreme pro-Darwinism. A prominent orthodox rabbi did apologize for the ADL's attack on Coral Ridge Ministries, at least partly because Christian fundies have been especially friendly towards Jews and Israel. Also, I am surprised by the ADL's support of gay marriage, because some orthodox Jews are extremely hostile towards gays -- they have committed violence against gay pride parades in Jerusalem.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I was right. Larry's posting a bunch to move previous posts off the main page and into left-bar-link hell (in other words, where all the counterarguments to his silly posts will be harder to find). Maybe I shouldn't have posted the strategy on his blog, though he had certainly practiced it before subconsciously. I may have made it move from his subconscious to his conscious mind. Maybe it will help his therapy.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 8:49:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>>> Well, I was right. Larry's posting a bunch to move previous posts off the main page <<<<<<<

Cut that out, dunghill, my rate of posting new material is much slower than the rates on a lot of other blogs. And you should know by now how to navigate through this blog -- there are a number of ways to do it. For example, you could use the monthly archive pages or you could click on the last post in the list of posts at the top. Or you could click on the post labels or use the search option at the top (the search option doesn't always work). Or you could save a page on your list of "favorites."

One missing feature I wish this blog service had is a list of the most recent comments posted anywhere on the blog.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 9:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ARE you doing back at FCS...

Keep up the stupidity and you may find yourself banned from the entire internet.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

You despicable dunghill -- you think that you have a right to comment here but that I don't have a right to comment there.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shut your pie hole you fossilized decrepit turd. The right exists as long as you allow it. By all means, turn the comment moderation back on like you did last year and watch your reader base drop again. It's lonely at the bottom ain't it? I, and from what I've seen, many others, haven't been here for months since it happened. I'm sure you will be welcomed at FCS as long as you keep your arguments COHERENT and LOGICAL (and yes, some of the most unscientific theological drivel that FCS has encountered DO actually fit these two simple criteria), but for a mentally deficient troglodyte such as yourself, even this is asking too much. Cheers, and here's hoping hope you die alone and unnoticed.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 1:18:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

"I'm always kicking their butts -- that's why they don't like me."
-- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 6:42:00 PM  
Anonymous jim said...

"Cheers, and here's hoping hope you die alone and unnoticed."

Ouch. That's rather rough.

""I'm always kicking their butts -- that's why they don't like me."
-- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger"

And that's some pretty deep denial. Careful you don't drown.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 9:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens on "other blogs" is irrelevant to what is happening here. "Other blogs" censor, for example.

Oh wait. You do too!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 10:33:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Only in the most extreme circumstances, e.g., (1) gossip about my private affairs and (2) blatant lies about objective facts (like ViU's statement that Judge Jones told a newspaper that he was going to follow the law whereas he actually told the newspaper that the school board election results would not affect his decision).

Thursday, July 24, 2008 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Technically, you should censor yourself then. Blatant lies is lies regardless of whatever side you are arguing for.

Friday, July 25, 2008 4:32:00 PM  

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