An interesting case study

From: allenroy (
Date: Fri Sep 26 2003 - 12:54:54 EDT

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    Glenn Morton wrote about his experience with CRS (Creation Research Society)
    concerning the publication of material that reflected his understanding of a
    certain matter dealing with the Mediterranean flood idea. His paper, which
    apparently was published later by PSCF, was rejected by CRSQ (CRS Quarterly)
    because it was not in line with the by-laws (or Statement of Belief?) of the

    Glenn then makes a most interesting and enlightening statement: "I tried to
    publish my Mediterranean idea in PSCF and got it rejected. This was a low point
    for me because there was no one who would publish anything I wrote." One must
    ask, especially in light of the fact that the paper was indeed later published
    by PSCF, why was he first rejected? And, Why would the rejection by PSCF mean
    that "no one" would publish the paper? After all, there are hundreds of other
    scientific journals out there.

    May I suggest that the first rejection by PSCF (not to mention other possible
    scientific journals) was likely precipitated by the fact that Glenn was a well
    known YEC. His paper was likely rejected simply because his name was on it,
    with out review and regardless of the logical or scientific content of the
    paper. This is supported by how Glenn's paper finally did get published, "When
    I pointed out that Fischer's idea required water to flow up hill and they
    published it, but wouldn't publish mine which didn't have that issue, they
    finally relented." In other word, it was only after a debate where Glenn
    demonstrated his change in position from a strict YEC that PSCF decided to
    publish his paper. Glenn's paper was not anymore scientific after the debate
    than it was before the debate.

    So, it appears that what we have is CRSQ which puts it's policies up front in a
    statement of belief, and, on the other hand, PSCF (and other journals) that
    discriminate against YECs without benefit of a formal belief statement. Which
    is more ethical?


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