Discovery Institute — still quote-mining

WHEN ONE FOLLOWS the publications of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, certain patterns emerge. Our favorite among the Discoveroids is Casey Luskin, a lawyer who earns his living as a creationist blogger. He never disappoints us with his endless blogging.

Casey’s latest offering is this, Francisco Ayala Makes Confused Religious Arguments for Evolution, wherein he manages to mangle things to a remarkable degree. Excerpts:

The mainstream media’s “framing” of the evolution-debate would have us believe that Darwin-skeptics are the ones who make religious arguments and try to push religion into the science classroom.

Well, yes. That’s exactly what a rational observer would conclude. Were it not for religious motivations, why in the world would anyone brush aside the mountains of evidence supporting evolution? Let’s continue with Casey’s article:

But the evidence shows that the Darwinists are often the ones who push religion — and in an unashamed manner, at that.

Does anyone this side of brain-death really believe that? Especially after all the wailing of the Discoveroids that science is a godless, atheistic plot to destroy religion? Well, maybe Casey believes it. His article continues:

A recent UC Irvine news article reports on a lecture given by leading evolutionary biologist Francisco Ayala where he suggested that religion should be discussed in science classes. Ayala said, “the fact that science is compatible with religion is an important thing to state in science classes.” He continued making religious arguments for evolution, contending, “The theory of evolution is better for religion than intelligent design.”

Enough of the Discoveroid blather. Let’s go to the news story Casey links to see the situation for ourselves. It appears that Dr. Francisco Ayala gave a lecture entitled “Evolution Is a Fact and It Is the Unifying Concept of Biology.” The lecture was sponsored by the Atheists, Agnostics and Rationalists @ UCI (that’s University of California, Irvine). The lecture was all about the evidence supporting the theory of evolution. Nothing in that to interest Casey. But wait …

During the question-and-answer period that followed the lecture, Dr. Ayala said that none of this scientific evidence is mutually exclusive to religion. He also said:

“Religion is not science, but the fact that science is compatible with religion is an important thing to state in science classes.”

That’s not particularly remarkable. But Casey Luskin, that amazing Discoveroid, takes this casual statement and turns it into a blog article claiming, as we quoted above: “… Darwinists are often the ones who push religion — and in an unashamed manner, at that.”

Good job, Casey! Your creationist integrity score is still perfect.

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2 responses to “Discovery Institute — still quote-mining

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  2. megalonyx

    Although Mr. Luskin gives the reference for Dr. Ayala’s original article in PNAS, he doesn’t provide a link for reading it on line.

    So here it is:

    http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/104/suppl_1/8567

    It is a beautifully written piece, highly recommended . But small wonder Luskin omitted the link, he would not want to encourage readership of this elegant article.

    I wonder that Luskin and the D.I. haven’t offered “sanctuary” to Dr. Ayala; according to them, the jack-booted assassins of the Darwintern will be coming to get him!