The Scientist reports today on the unfolding Congressional probe into the Sternberg case. The following paragraph caught my attention:
NCSE spokesman Nicholas Matzke said his group was not part of an effort to dismiss Sternberg. “A lot of people at the Smithsonian were mad because their journal was dragged into a political issue. We wanted them to focus on the science and not persecute or discriminate against Sternberg on religious grounds,” Matzke told The Scientist. “We advised them not to fire Sternberg,” he said, “and they eventually followed our advice.”
My understanding is that the NCSE did everything just short of asking the Smithsonian to fire Sternberg (does the “S” in “NCSE” stand for sleazy?). But hey, let’s not beat our gums. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has all the emails that the NCSE sent to Sternberg’s employers. Let’s see them.
Unfortunately, the wheels of the Freedom of Information Act turn slowly. I’ve offered a $500 reward at UD (see here) to the person that makes them all public — I’ll even pay that money to Nick Matzke if he sends them my way. What do you say? Let’s see those emails (the complete stack). Funny how the anti-ID side is always working back channels to shaft our side. Anybody on the anti-ID side ever have their employment threatened for being anti-ID?
PREDICTION: If Nick posts on this at the Panda’s Thumb, the one thing you can be sure of is that he won’t divulge the complete correspondence in this case.