Volume 24 Number 3
How come we did not see this one coming? How clueless can you get?
It took a headline from The New York Times:1
The action comes weeks after the Texas Education Agency’s director of science, Christine Castillo Comer, lost her job after superiors accused her of displaying bias against creationism and failing to be “neutral” over the teaching of evolution.
That was news. The last we heard the
ICR was out in
We have followed the doings of the ICR for over 20 years, and it’s been a fun ride. If you want to see creationism in its purest form, here it is. You want to embrace the golden calf ? Ankle, and thigh, and upper half? Here it is – I mean here it is. 2
Creationist Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., formed the ICR as an offshoot from the
Creation Science Research Center in 1972.
Their principal entity previously was the
The ability of the ICR school to offer college-level degrees was initially approved
by California, but subsequently there was a back and forth tussle that resulted
in a lawsuit, in which the ICR prevailed and was awarded monetary damages. Ultimately the ICR was given a religious
Founder Henry Morris died in 2006, and in 2007 the decision was made to
The move to
We were out to
At the ICR in 1995. The facility in
creationist view of science. So why am I smiling?
Photo by Barbara Neuser
At the ICR in 1995. NTS treasurer Barbara Neuser points out a diorama
depicting a Garden of Eden world.
Photo by John Blanton
Recently my work has taken me back to the West Coast, and last year I stopped by for a return visit. The ICR had already vacated the old premises, and a woman in charge explained the wrought iron fencing being installed. The people who had acquired the facility, she told us, intended on doing some highly sensitive research. OK.
Photo by John Blanton
On the day I arrived the front door was locked, and my inquiry at the door brought forth a woman who seemed to be in charge.
The facility was not open to the public, she said. Yes, a museum is planned, and also yes, the
remaining ICR team has made the move.
John Morris, Ph.D., son of founder Henry Morris, heads up the
Master debater for creationism, Duane Gish, Ph.D., is now Senior Vice-President Emeritus, which means he might be effectively retired.
You don’t have to rely solely on the NTS for information. The ICR has a great Web site and a free publication, Acts and Facts. When the museum is open we will be quick to bring you the news. 4
Anyhow, I promise in the future to stay much better on top of things. If we work at it we might even get the Flat Earth Society to relocate, as well.
1 The New York
Times, 19 December 2007, http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/19/education/
Saturday 20 March 2010
The challenges of teaching skepticism in public school
Board Meeting and Social Dinner
Saturday, 27 March 2010, at 7 p.m.
El Fenix Mexican Restaurant