AMONG the more obscure celebrations touted by fringe groups is one being promoted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids).
At the Discoveroid blog we read: Discovery Institute Announces 2nd Annual Academic Freedom Day on Charles Darwin’s Birthday. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Fresh on the heels of Darwin Year, Discovery Institute announces the launch of the 2nd Annual Academic Freedom Day in honor of Charles Darwin’s birthday, February 12, 2010.
Yes, it’s that time of year again, and Discovery Institute is gearing up for the celebration by supporting what Darwin supported: academic freedom.
This is a great idea! If the creationists can push their nonsense on Darwin’s birthday, all kinds of possibilities come to mind. We can’t wait for comparable events to be announced.
Maybe on Martin Luther King’s birthday some group will celebrate Jim Crow Day. Yeah! And on Columbus’ birthday we can celebrate Flat Earth Day. How about a partial-birth abortion festival on Mother’s Day?
Let’s read on:
It’s time like these when Darwin’s own words should instruct everyone on how to have an open and honest debate over evolution and intelligent design.
Brace yourself for some quote mining. Here it comes:
In On the Origin of Species, Darwin wrote, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.” This quote is the cornerstone of the Institute’s Academic Freedom Day efforts.
Glorious! We continue:
The [Discovery] Institute’s Center for Science and Culture is sponsoring Academic Freedom Day 2010, assisting student groups, clubs, and individual students to organize Academic Freedom Day Events centered on Darwin’s birthday and his fair-minded approach to freedom of inquiry.
Okay, that’s enough.
All that remains is for the toilet bathing fetishists to demand that their side of the public health controversy should be presented whenever schools teach personal hygiene. Academic freedom requires that all sides should be taught. Let the children make up their own minds!
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