Yes, the Cornell conference did happen and yes you are free to read the papers
|June 6, 2013||Posted by News under academic freedom, Intelligent Design|
“Might” is half right. They have done this stuff in the past.
See, it’s all Darwin’s mob have got now. Stuff that challenges the Thumbsmen’s mantra that natural selection acting on random mutation is responsible for most or all of the history of life is exploding out of every corner so all they can do is exert pressure on publishers to silence it and speculate baselessly about the motives of people whose motives they never ask directly.
Yes, there was a Cornell conference, yes, I was there, and yes, it was most interesting, especially the young scientists who were taking a risk by being there, to learn an unapproved but evidence-supported history of life.
One of them approached me one evening to ask, how do you keep going as a journalist all these years (facing, among other things, attacks by these foul all-Thumbs ignoramuses)? The best I could respond was, when you are a hack writer, you face a choice.
You can write what people expect to hear and all the easy phrases come unbidden into your mind—and soon onto your lips or into your writing. Other people tell the story for you and if you are half decent at the job, the cheques just sail into your bank account.
That’s one way. But is that all there is to writing? To life? Really?
The other way is, you stumble onto a story. Hush! That’s a real live story, running down the alley, hoping to get away from all the people who would misrepresent it.
So you chase it, you catch up with it, stop it, and say, gotcha! I won’t hurt you, but you are my story now. And I will follow you wherever you may go.
And you can be dam sure I won’t misrepresent you because, the truth is, I could have done that long since, with any story, for money. I was looking for a real story and you are one for sure.
Many real stories go unchased because the costs are too high. I have seen Christian journalists wimp out of stories about ID vs. Darwinism on that precise account. It is so much easier to mouth fleabitten mantras like “There is no conflict between faith and science,” when in the context, they mean there is no conflict between Christianity and atheist materialism. And they hope no one’ll notice.
I did notice. But then, I had also caught the story. Hack journalism? Yes. Oh, hey, it is the air I breathe.
Read the Cornell papers, hate and denounce them if you like, but be grateful if you live in a place where you are allowed to.
Okay, I am now going to post a bunch of Thumb-free news.