RE: RE: Everything you need to know about Caleb
by Lew - written 31/05/2011 12:03:46
Ah what the heck. What's good for the goose...
"BCSE Revealed, Revealed
David Anderson is a YEC who was based in Belper, in the UK until late 2007 and who set up the blog and web site called BCSE Revealed.
His smear blog and smear web page are a font of made up "facts" and innuendo mixed in with a generous helping of logical fallacies. Part of his "material" was obtained by hacking into private discussion forums.
Whilst we could spend a long time here refuting all of his various accusations and innuendoes, instead we will just give you a few facts so that you can get a measure of the man and his postings. Here is a link to an archive of the Yahoo Mailing list "Blackshadow" which David likes to suggest is a web of deceit and intrigue. The reality is instead a convoluted tale of an eclectic bunch of people of various backgrounds and world-views who slowly and messily got their act together to fight the rising tide of creationism in UK schools.
One of our committee members, Mark Edon came across Anderson's smear blog at the same time as he first stumbled across the BCSE i.e. way before he became a committee member, and not as Anderson has since claimed, in any way as a deliberate plant by the BCSE. Mark engaged in an email correspondence with Anderson and has the following comments to make;
My exchanges with David Anderson were extremely revealing and showed just how little he knows or cares about scientific truth, the scientific method and either of these being taught to kids in Britain today.
As a father of 3 - one at University, one in High School and one in Junior School, I am committed to keeping religion out of the science classroom. I am also in favour of religious education for all, with a range of faiths and belief systems being covered. I am an atheist myself (well ok an agnostic if you push me into strict technical definitions).
David has stated that I approached him apparently innocently but in fact as part of a devious plot dreamt up by the then BCSE committee. Nothing could be further from the truth. It was almost exclusively my encounter with David and his extreme views that convinced me that I needed to try to counter some of his activities for the sake of my children. It was David Anderson that convinced me I needed to join the BCSE and to try to do my bit.
David has refused my offer to write up our exchanges jointly - he would not say why. When I told him what I had written up he reacted with the comment that he would have polished things up much more for general publication. So I offered him the chance to change anything which is covered here and he refused - he would not say why. He has also refused to publicly answer direct questions about his views on science, education, the scientific evidence for evolution and the age of the earth, and when the dinosaurs died out. Try it yourself. He simply deletes any questions he doesn't want to reveal the answer to. It was this deliberately concealing and deceitful approach which convinced me that the wider world needed to know that he was nothing more than a religious fundamentalist pretending to be an unbiased observer. (I am going strictly by the dictionary definition of the word fundamentalist here - although he also claims the dictionary is wrong)
I have refused to lower myself to his mud slinging level and have instead restricted myself to only those topics relating to the only aim of the BCSE - to keep religion out of science classes in the UK. This is, of course, the one topic that his smear web page and smear blog utterly fail to cover."
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