Joined: May 2016
A funny thing happened the other day which sheds some light on the underpinnings of Telic Thoughts and its aftermath.
For some reason I was on Reddit (I hardly ever go there; I don't have an account) and discovered that clicking on the domain link next to a post gives you a list of all posts from that domain. Out of curiosity I tried uncommondescent.com and the first entry was a post about an upcoming "webinar" by Michael Behe. Well I couldn't resist; I created an account and added a comment suggesting two of Ken Miller's books that counter Behe's arguments.
Soon after, my comment was deleted along with a bogus rationale that I "insist[ed] that you not read what Behe says" (I didn't). Being puzzled after failing to reason with the moderator, I looked at his history and there was something familiar about the rants: the contradictory position of promoting ID while conceding it's not science, the overwrought microanalyses of minor points, etc. Then I noticed that the account frequently promotes shadowtolight.wordpress.com, which turns out to be Mike Gene's religious blog. That changed my suspicion to a certainty.
So after the death of Telic Thoughts, Gene became a very active religious blogger and moderator on a religious forum at reddit. His postings reveal a pretty hardcore right-wing religious stance along with a pretty hardcore contempt for atheists. Not that there's anything wrong with that per se (some atheists are a bit weird, IMO), but it does appear to be yet another confirmation that ID had been buttressed by religious motivations all along.
Oh, and Gene is an avid Trump supporter.