The National Center for Science Education has announced their ‘creation’ of a new annual award, the “Upchucky”, to be “bestowed on the most noisome creationist of the year”. I love it! And they certainly have a nominee rich environment which they can select from.
The contenders for the first annual Upchucky were:
- Recently deposed Texas board of education chairperson Don McLeroy; “for his longstanding efforts to undermine the teaching of evolution in the Lone Star state”.
- Creationist buffoon Ray Comfort (aka Banana Man) of Living Waters Ministries; “for his distribution of copies of the Origin disfigured with his own creationist introduction”.
- The possibly over-caffeinated intelligent design creationist Casey Luskin of the Disco toot’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture; “for his logorrheic zeal in reciting the “intelligent design” talking points du jour“ (“logorrheic”, that’s good, I’ll have to remember that one).
- And finally a group nomination for Arabic news channel Al Jazeera; “for its wildly misleading coverage of Ardipithecus ramidus“.
And the Upchucky goes to…
The virulently ignorant Don “Somebody’s got to stand up to experts” McLeroy! [pre-recorded applause].
I’m sure it was a tough decision for the judges but when one considers that he was someone with actual authority over what was taught in public schools I think he was the best choice of this line up.
[Hat-tip to Thoughts in a Haystack]