WHEN WE wrote this article about WorldNetDaily‘s grotesque exploitation of a young man’s death, Suicide Blamed on Biology Class and Dawkins’ Book, we hoped we’d never have to visit the subject again.
But the shamelessness of creationists is a bottomless pit, and even if you think you’ve sampled the worst from its depths, you’re wrong, because there’s no limit to how deep it goes. Thus, we should have foreseen that the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) would soon be jumping on board the hearse for a free ride to proclaim the evils of evolution.
Foreseeable or not, it’s happened, and the Discoveroids have given the matter a peculiar twist, one which only they could have accomplished: The Story of Jesse Kilgore and the Consequences of Teaching One Side of Evolution
See there? Just from the title you can determine where this is going. Jesse was taught only taught one side, and now look what’s happened!
The entire creationist enterprise is a wretched business, but this latest maneuver is every bit as sickening — as ghoulish — as the behavior of those who used the terrorist attacks on 9/11 to proclaim that the death and descruction were divine retribution because of ____ (fill in the sin of your choice). There were people like this during the Black Death, thrilled to see another corpse-cart going by, so they could use it as a prop while they preached to the dwindling crowd.
Fortunately, most of the Discoveroid message is in the form of a podcast, to which we won’t listen. But here’s some of what they’ve written at the link we provided:
… the story of Jesse Kilgore, a college student whose loss of faith and subsequent suicide has been linked to his biology class and Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion.
Has been linked? Has been linked? Yes, the “linkage” is in the putrid imaginings of the “journalists” at WorldNetDaily, about whom we wrote before.
After his professor challenged him to read the anti-theistic book and rule out the possibility of God’s existence in light of the evidence for evolution, Jesse experienced a crisis of faith.
We understand that Dawkins’ book has sold very well. According to Wikipedia, The God Delusion:
As of November 2007, the English version of The God Delusion had sold over 1.5 million copies and had been translated to 31 other languages. It was ranked #2 on the Amazon.com bestsellers’ list in November 2006. In early December 2006, it reached #4 in the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Seller list after nine weeks on the list. It remained on the list for 51 weeks until 30 September 2007
The bodies must be dropping all over the place. Anyway, we’ve pretty much quoted all of what the Discoveroids say, except for whatever is in their podcast.
But wait! This is the conclusion of the Discoveroid article:
To paraphrase Clarence Darrow, why should this boy’s life be bound up with Richard Dawkins, that British crusader against religion? I don’t know. I only know it is.
How very touching. What a classy bunch they are.
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