Sunday, December 31, 2006

Never let the facts get in the way of damning MikeGene

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published: samedi 30 décembre 2006 22:25:45

PZ Myers lashes out at me as follows:

I was suspicious immediately. For one thing, Mike Gene pulls a bait-and-switch that Ed fell for without question: he claims that Dawkins endorsed this petition on his website. This is not true. There is a different petition from the same group that is endorsed at richarddawkins.net, which encourages the removal of government support for faith-based schools. There is no link anywhere on that site to the controversial petition. When an ID creationist pulls something that sneaky, it's a good idea to think twice.

Of course, it is PZ Myers who got it wrong. It seems that everyone but Myers knew that there was indeed a link to the petition that asks “the Prime Minister to make it illegal to indoctrinate or define children by religion before the age of 16." In fact, at the time of this writing, it is still there; Dawkins has not removed it from his web page. Myers somewhat acknowledges he was wrong by later crossing out the sentence, “There is no link anywhere on that site to the controversial petition" and adds, "(Wait—there is a single link without comment in a list of petitions)." The single link is the link that supposedly did not exist and is found at the top of the page among a list of two petitions. But if Myers is going to lash out at me with knee-jerk accusations, it’s not a good idea to do something like this from a position of complete ignorance.

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