Callan Bentley is an assistant professor of geology at Northern Virginia Community College. He recently got a request from the Discovery Institute (a Creationist think tank) to use some of his geologic photos in one of their publications. Hilarity ensued from the DiscoTute.
He replied to the request:
Thanks for your interest.
I hold the Discovery Institute in the lowest regard, and it sounds like the new book will be a further perversion of reason in the name of pseudoscience. As a science educator, I could never support such an effort! I will not grant reproduction rights to any of my photos or drawings to any creationist effort such as the one you describe here.
Best wishes for your good health, and the speedy demise of the sham institution that employs you.
Not to leave Bentley to have the last word…
[...] I only hope the materialist, reductionist scales fall off your eyes one day. Until then, I feel sorry for your students.
What self-righteous scumbaggery.
They continued to banter back and forth about science and peer review, which is a joke in itself. Talk about blinders!
Bentley goes on to note how McDiarmid is confused about how science works. Creationists have a tendency to think science works by democracy – if enough people BELIEVE then that makes it true. Nope. Fail. The idea that there was a creator, or that there is an intelligent designer continually fails miserably in science. When it invokes a supernatural entity, it doesn’t even qualify as science!
I found this piece interesting. No, I don’t feel one bit sorry for Bentley’s students. He’s on the ball and they need to learn reality. They are lucky! Poor kids that have to limit their worldview to ONE old boring book… not even good pictures in there.