Monday, July 26, 2010


As Matthew Yglesias notes, The American Spectator believes that when a man is beaten to death by a mob "with the complicity of local law enforcement" he has not, in fact, been lynched. "Shirley Sherrod's story in her now famous speech about the lynching of a relative is not true," claims Jeffrey Lord.

A lot of people are appropriately disgusted.

Short story: 10 years ago, Baylor University dismantled and defunded its Michael Polanyi Center after its director, William Demski, became an embarrassment. Demski, you see, was on the vanguard of the intelligent design movement and there was justified concern that the university had "gone fundamentalist."

Anyway, despite the dissolution of the Center, Dembski remained an associate research professor for another five years, during which time he did not "teach any courses ... and instead worked from home, writing books and speaking around the country."

What, you may ask, has this to do with The American Spectator? Here's their headline from November 15, 2000:

The Lynching of Bill Dembski

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