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February 27, 2005 - Scopes was convicted, wasn't he?

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Hindrocket - John H. Hinderaker is "Hindrocket. – the blogger Time Magazine called the best of the best and blogger of the year, and  publishes at “Powerline.”  See Powerline, Time Magazine’s “Blog of the Year” for that.


Why?  There’s this - 


My own view is different. I think that Darwin’s theory of macroevolution is plainly wrong, on strictly scientific grounds. So to bar a student from progressing in his career because he refuses to sign on to what is, in my view, a rather obvious fraud, which cannot withstand the mildest scrutiny, is really an outrage. It is no different from the practice in Soviet Russia of promoting only biologists who believed (or pretended to believe) in the theories of Lamarck, who argued that acquired traits could be inherited. But Darwinism is the official religion of the biological (and more generally, the scientific) establishment, and as such is rigorously enforced.


Scopes was convicted, wasn’t he?  You cannot deny the truth!  Darwin was a fraud. 


See this for this bio -


John H. Hinderaker is a lawyer with the Minneapolis law firm Faegre & Benson. For more than ten years Hinderaker has written with his former law partner Scott Johnson on public policy issues including income inequality, income taxes, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, welfare reform, and race in the criminal justice system. Both Hinderaker and Johnson are fellows of the Claremont Institute. Their articles have appeared in National Review, The American Enterprise, American Experiment Quarterly, and newspapers from Florida to California. …  Mr. Hinderaker lives with his family in Apple Valley, Minnesota. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.


Rick in Atlanta –


Ironically, I've myself entertained a doubt now and then about Darwin's theories, mostly because they may not have gone far enough in explaining species survival that isn't gene-based, specifically concerning learned social behaviors that allow societies to cooperate to achieve shared goals.  So I was willing to give this guy the benefit of the doubt as I clicked on over to his article.


He didn't deserve it.  It turns out (big surprise) that his item doesn't talk about science at all but is just another self-gratifying rant about "liberals [who] launch their increasingly wild and intemperate assaults on conservatives" because of "their fear and hatred of the 'religious right.'"


Excuse me?  What the hell's the matter with these jerks?  Is it not obviously the other way around?  In what way is just the straight teaching of science, unvarnished by some particular culture's creation myth, a "wild and intemperate assault" on "conservatives" and the "religious right"?  Do we see in this country legions of biology teachers descending on Sunday Schools to demand that this "creationist" stuff not be taught because it doesn't jibe with the scientific method?  So who's assaulting whom?


"Hindrocket" indeed! This guy's stuff certainly does read like something that blew out of somebody's rear end.


Well, Southern California has much to answer for.  This star of the web logs may be this Minneapolis attorney via Dartmouth and Harvard Law, but all this sort of stuff is coming out of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, where this fellow is a Fellow.  That’s local.  Claremont is a gorgeous little college town on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County.  I lived there when I first moved to California twenty-five years ago.  The Claremont Colleges - Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College and Keck Graduate Institute – are fine places.


But if there is a second Scopes trial, it will be in this town of slow, shady streets.  If the ever remake the film Inherit the Wind no location scout would recommend anywhere else.  It’s another world.


And these guys at the Institute?  Note that on Friday, November 19, 2004 the Claremont Institute honored Rush Limbaugh with the Statesmanship Award at its annual Churchill Dinner in Los Angeles at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.  Tickets were $250 each, or $500 for preferred seating. Tables of ten were available for $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000.  I did not attend.  Limbaugh has just been released from drug rehab, as I recall.


For your daily dose of such things you can read Hindrocket.  Or visit Claremont and bask in the here-it’s-always-1953-and-pleasant atmosphere.   It’s a kick.


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