New Mexicans for Science and Reason Anything But
Open letter to television station is an example of bad logic and misleading
The New Mexicans for Science and Reason ("NMSR") is a New Mexico organization presided over by Dave Thomas whose purpose, according to their webpage, is to "share the goals of promoting genuine science, the scientific method, and rational and critical thinking." In furtherance of that goal, NMSR claims that "We oppose the use of fabrication, flawed logic, distortion of facts, and pseudoscientific propaganda by any and all groups who twist science to suit their own ends, whether they are creationists, advocates of intelligent design, proponents of the idea that aliens crashed at Roswell, extreme academic cultural critics who deny objective reality, or promoters of unproved claims such as therapeutic touch, psychic "DNA Activation," telepathy, astrology, channeling, precognition, crystal healing, cold fusion, tapping of zero-point energy, and perpetual motion machines." (NMSR apparently forgot to include Darwinian evolution on that list--just an oversight, I'm sure.)
NMSR has jumped into the fray regarding the censorship of the film "Unlocking the Mystery of Life" by KNME-TV on the side of continuing the censorship. In response to a television report on KOB-TV about the controversy, Mr. Thomas has written an open letter to KOB-TV (which is situated on the webpage right below a statement they have apparently prepared supporting KNME).
With all due respect, NMSR has apparently forgotten its own commitment to stand against "fabrication, flawed logic, distortion of facts, and pseudoscientific propaganda" since its letter is full of such things. For example, here are some of the quotes:
Let me be perfectly clear on one thing--Mr. Thomas may ultimately be correct that Intelligent Design is not true. It may be that Darwinian evolution has within it the mechanisms that would allow for the evolution of the very complex structures and systems that we find in the simplest of cells but merely has not yet discovered those mechanisms, and the stand by those supporting intelligent design that Darwinian evolution will never by able to explain the complexity my be false. But the debate about whether it is true or not needs to be taken up, and letters like NMSR's which is so obviously fallacious and misleading is not a way to engage the debate. Whether Mr. Thomas and his crew like it or not, the debate is coming. I suggest that they stop obstucting and start making their case or they are going to be run over.