Do you really want people like this writing curricula for schools? Barry Arrington at the Uncommon Descent blog writes:A couple of months ago a young university student contacted my law office seeking help in a dispute she was having with a university here in Colorado. [To protect my client’s privacy, I am using neither her name nor the name of the university. ] The previous week she had voiced opposition to Darwinism to her biology professor, who proceeded to scream at her, denigrate her religious views, and generally demean and humiliate her in front of the rest of the class. After hearing her story I sent a demand letter to the university seeking redress. Good news. We resolved the matter on very favorable terms.
I have my doubts as to whether Mr. Arrington should be airing this story at all if it really happened; doing so could constitute an ethics violation. But if that were not troubling enough, he is holding a contest for the "best reply" to this alleged professor who supposedly dressed down a student for objecting to "Darwinism" (whatever that is).
Then, as if this were not enough navel-gazing, commenter and moderator KairosFocus proclaims this unnamed professor's actions to be rape. That's right - actual rape.
So a real rape victim replies, "As someone who has actually been raped before, I find your 'metaphor' despicable!" As do I. Well, the comment goes up...
...and gets a big dose of "You're a bad, bad girl!"
Oh, who isn't reminded of the actions of Jesse Ventura after Paul Wellstone's memorial? "Violated! *Sniff*
I feel violated!"
But what truly pisses me off is that, in an earlier post, this same KairosFocus character claimed that how women dress should affect their rapist's guilt:
Oh yeah, right, KairosFocus.
Naturally, the pro-ID commenters have dug in about how this professor did in this supposedly true story committed "rape." One even found himself "laughing" at the objections to the rape metaphor. Well, do you know something? I do not find this funny at all, and neither would the most religious extremist who truly thought that someone had committed rape.
This blog is the most repulsive example of nihilism I have ever seen. After accusing PZ Myers and Richard Dawkins of "exhorting violence" and shitting repeatedly on the grave of Charles Darwin, they have the effrontery to equate an insult with rape a la Catherine McKinnon.
Intelligent Design cannot even differentiate between words and actions!
William Dembksi, it is time to shut down Uncommon Descent. You have lost the argument. You are done.