Klinghoffer: Charles Manson, Evolutionist!

WE thought the title we encountered was some kind of spoof, but it’s not. Behold: Charles Manson, Evolutionist.

It’s by David Klinghoffer, Senior Fellow (i.e., “full-blown creationist”) among the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). David also operates his own blog, Kingdom of Priests, a part of Beliefnet, where his latest essay is posted. What Klinghoffer writes at Beliefnet sometimes shows up at the Discoveroids’ blog, so we regard each blog as an extension of the other.

Our last post about Klinghoffer was here: David Klinghoffer: “Darwinists Are Uncivil!” in which we described — with links — how David associates “Darwinists” with a variety of hideous criminals, including Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and even lesser killers like James von Brunn, the Holocaust Memorial Museum shooter. Oh, the Columbine shootings too. With all that, David wonders why “Darwinists” don’t like him.

We thought David had pretty much exhausted the catalog of monsters and crimes he could blame on Darwin, but in his latest rant, David does it again — this time with Charles Manson. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Manson foresaw a race war pitting blacks against whites, and some have speculated that his motive in directing the murders was to hasten the inevitable conflict.

That’s old news. What of it? David then quotes someone. Warning — Discoveroid quotes should always be checked, and we haven’t verified this. The quote is allegedly from an interview that prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi wrote about regarding Bugliosi’s “interviews with talent scout Gregg Jakobson, who spent many hours, over the course of a year and a half (1968-69), talking with Manson about his philosophy.” Okay, what does this second-hand account of an interview between a talent scout and Charles Manson reveal? Brace yourself — here it comes:

[In Bugliosi’s book the talent scout is quoted as saying] … Charlie “believed there were different levels when it came to race, and the white man occupied a higher level than the black.” This was why Charlie was so strongly opposed to black-white sex; “you would be interfering with the path of evolution, you would be mixing up nervous systems, less evolved with more evolved.”

Jeepers, that’s right out of Darwin’s writings! Well, actually it’s not, except in David’s brain. We continue, this time with David’s words:

[I]n The Descent of Man and elsewhere, Charles Darwin wrote of degrees of racial superiority and of racial conflict and genocide as inevitable features of biological evolution.

Darwin wrote nothing like that. Here’s more from David:

Manson departed from Darwinism in that he looked forward to the victory of the inferior race over the white “pigs.” The blacks would then turn over their power to the Manson Family.

Well, that’s certainly a departure from Darwin. But so is everything that David attributes to Darwin. David wraps up his charming little essay like this:

No, obviously, as if it needs saying, I am not in any way blaming gentle Charles Darwin for murderous Charles Manson.

You had us fooled, David. Here’s the rest of the last paragraph:

But the present anniversary does remind us of another stitch, a bizarre one, in the fabric of Darwinism’s moral legacy.

This is beyond sick. But then, it’s from David, and he’s a high-level Discoveroid. What else would we expect?

Hey, we’re wondering — Do the Discoveroids assign all these slimy jobs to David, or does he volunteer for them?

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8 responses to “Klinghoffer: Charles Manson, Evolutionist!

  1. Curmudgeon wrote: “Hey, we’re wondering — Do the Discoveroids assign all these slimy jobs to David, or does he volunteer for them?”

    My guess is both.

  2. Credit where credit is due, however: Klingonhoffer is at least being more ‘honest’ than usual in taking this particular tack. That is: the Discoveroids have never been able to mount a credible challenge to the science, but then, they never had either the ability or the interest to do science (which, despite their claims, is in fact all about objective evaluation of evidence). Their starting point, as explicitly laid out in their ‘Wedge Strategy’, was their distaste for the erosion of priestly authority which follows from science, and that is where they remain stuck. IOW, they believe the implications of scientific findings do not allow for the kind of theocratic social control they favour but, unable to overturn the theory of evolution (which is some of the most strongly grounded science going), all they can do is whine about the claimed doleful effects of acceptance of empirically-determined reality. And, as these are as empirically elusive as any contrary evidence for evolution, they are ultimately reduced to such absurdly tenuous arguments as Klingonhoffer advances here, which might be paraphrased as, “Never mind if Darwin got it right, look what comes from thinking that he did!”

    But it seems no Discoveroid can write more than a paragraph without the bedrock of their essential dishonesty breaking through. Finding any connection between Manson’s kool aid and Darwin’s writings is clearly in ‘Time Cube’ territory. One could more convincingly argue that Manson’s paranoid racism is conceptually closer to the created “kinds” so beloved of Biblical and Koranic literalists.

  3. Great Claw says:

    Credit where credit is due, however: Klingonhoffer is at least being more ‘honest’ than usual in taking this particular tack.

    Where’s the “honesty”? He’s got a list of criminals, and he’s researching them, one by one, to find any slender thread he can use to tie them to “Darwinism.” Who’s next on his list — the Boston Strangler?

  4. Curmy asked

    Where’s the “honesty”?

    He ‘honestly’ is admitting that he has no science and nothing more to offer than tortured-beyond-recognition “links” between ToE and whatever Psychopath of the Month he fancies.

    I’d call that an ‘honest’ representation of the whole Discoveroid project.

  5. Great Claw says:

    I’d call that an ‘honest’ representation of the whole Discoveroid project.

    Well, I can — with even greater honesty — say that Count Dracula was a creationist.

  6. The Curmudgeon notes

    Well, I can — with even greater honesty — say that Count Dracula was a creationist.

    Not quite: your claim would be with greater accuracy than Klinghoffer’s. But not greater honesty, because you don’t believe that silly claim, whereas Klinghoffer is probably stupid enough to believe some of his own hogwash.

  7. Charles Manson, Gravitationist!!!!

    I’ll never look at gravity the same way again.

  8. retiredsciguy

    LRA is on the right track. We could also add, “Charlie Manson — breather of air!”

    And I’ll bet at one time or another he also read parts of the Bible. But we’re not going to claim that’s what made him nuts.