Uncommon Descent Indeed
You may view the transcript of the unedited climate testimony here.
Well, I’ve also figured out how to finally drag answers out of William Dembski (after considerable effort and rebuffs) regarding his view of the link between HIV and AIDS. (Dembski continues to champion the “research” of Moonie Jonathan Wells, who denies that HIV causes AIDS, but refused to answer my questions as to Dembski’s personal views on the subject.) Just look at who else he quotes: Tom Bethell, the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science, a book sure to be filed on the shelf with Mein Kampf and The Bell Curve:
The AIDS epidemic in Africa: how it has been trumped-up (requiring the imputation of Hollywood lifestyles to rural Africans) to support the media’s myth of heterosexual AIDS and exponential increases in funding for AIDS research [emphasis mine]
"Myth of heterosexual AIDS"? So, no children are getting raped in South Africa due to the superstition that sex with a virgin cures AIDS? There is not even one case of children contracting AIDS from an infected and untreated mother, nor even one case of children being spared the disease when the mother is appropriately treated? This is all a conspiracy by liberals, too? Are you $%&#@ kidding me?
Not a proud moment for either Tom Bethell or William Dembski.
When I see people pushing this stuff because of their religious beliefs (and it's always because of their religious beliefs) I have no clue what religion is (other than nonsense), what it means to them, and what it should mean to me. I look at this behavior; then I look at what scientists have to say. There’s just no bridging this gulf. I see "how the actors act."
They act irrationally, and in my mind, selfishly. What's the purpose? What's the point? What am I supposed to learn from their example? It's just meaningless!
This is a gulf between people, too - of all shapes. And it’s one that will be finally resolved when the young people take control of the workforce – these same 16-29-year-olds who, according to a recent study, are now so turned off by the anti-gay Christian furor that they refuse to call themselves Christian even when they are.
Majorities of young people in America describe modern-day Christianity as judgmental, hypocritical and anti-gay. What's more, many Christians don't even want to call themselves "Christian" because of the baggage that accompanies the label.
I doubt they’re going to look with admiration at the global warming deniers in the future, either.
(Recommended reading: "Distinguishing Science and Pseudoscience")
UPDATED: Oops. Ben Stein and Bill O'Reilly publicly call Intelligent Design "the idea that a deity created life," prompting the ID folks to send out a clarification (because intelligent design is supposed to just be "science," you know). What a flipping mess.
Shimmies to Pharyngula. May these shimmies keep going long after someone's lips stop moving.