Project Steve and Its Detractors
So M., I'm sorry if I've offended you but this is not a "petty squabble". The reason for Project Steve is to show that a larger and much more prestigious group of scientists can be compiled that discount rather than support creationism--even while limiting themselves to those named Steve. It's a whimsical idea but as a rhetorical tool, it also sheds light on exactly what's happening here.
Creationists compile lists of scientists to cause the illusion that there is scientific merit to their positions when in fact, the opposite is true. One of the most important features of a scientific theory is that it has to be testable, i.e. it has to lead to conclusions that can be disproven. Creationism does not meet that standard as attributing the known world to God (or some other "intelligent" designer) can NEVER be tested nor proven wrong.
People have looked at the fossil record and carbon dating evidence for evolution and simply said 'God created that these findings thus giving the "illusion" that evolution is a viable conclusion.' How can a scientist possibly respond to this? Such an idea is impervious to refutation.
For this reason, the vast majority of scientists refuse to endorse creationism as science. I have no problem with including such theories in classes on religion...just not in science class.
Even one like myself who unashamedly believes in God can recognize the difference. This is no petty squabble.