Discovery Institute’s Discovery Channel Orgy

WHAT does it take to get a bunch of creationists aroused? We’ve never pretended to understand the creationist mentality, but here’s a clue for those who might be studying this strange sub-species: They like death — especially when it involves screaming, crazy, foaming-at-the-mouth people — the more spectacular the death, the more they like it. They seem to live for death.

The only thing they like better than wildly deranged death is the chance — however slim — to somehow connect such death to the life and work of Charles Darwin. Then their frenzy knows no bounds.

You already know about the world-class lunatic, James J. Lee, inspired by Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” who went on a brief but frightening rampage of hostage-taking and bomb-threatening yesterday. He left behind a somewhat incoherent manifesto, which is posted at the website of Salon.com: Discovery Channel gunman James J. Lee’s manifesto. It’s a long, rambling rant, mostly about the environment and over-population. Darwin’s name appears twice — both times in connection with Malthus and over-population. You know what that means — yes, it’s party time in Seattle!

Yesterday we posted Discovery Channel Terrorist: Darwin’s Fault!, about Bruce Chapman’s swift reaction. But that was only part of it.

From where we sit (very far from Seattle), it hasn’t been since Jindal signed the Louisiana creationism bill back in 2008 that we’ve seen such excitement exhibited by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).

Today we can report about two more ecstatic posts at the Discoveroid blog. The first is by David Klinghoffer, who has previously posted a series of essays attempting to link Charles Darwin to: Hitler, and communism, and Stalin, and the Columbine shootings, and Charles Manson, and Holocaust Museum shooter, James von Brunn, and the Ft. Hood Massacre, and Mao Tse-tung, and Dr. Josef Mengele, and the Occult, and most recently The Dark Side of Darwinism.

Klinghoffer’s joyous post, which we shall add to his catalog of similar material, is this: James J. Lee, Hostage-taker and Darwinist. You’ve seen this sort of thing from Klinghoffer before, so a small sample should be sufficient this time. The bold font was added by us:

[I]t’s worth noting the contents of the late Mr. Lee’s reported manifesto, a list of demands he published online, directed at the cable channel. Demand number 7 reads:

Develop shows that mention the Malthusian sciences about how food production leads to the overpopulation of the Human race. Talk about Evolution. Talk about Malthus and Darwin until it sinks into the stupid people’s brains until they get it!!

We gave you a link earlier in this post, so you can read Lee’s entire manifesto for yourself. Then make your own decision about whether he was motivated by Darwin’s theory of evolution. Anyway, let’s read a bit more from the Klinghoffer manifesto:

My purpose here, of course, isn’t to suggest that Darwinism drives people mad or anything like that, but merely to point out, as I’ve done in the past, the strange attraction Darwinian theory exerts on some people who are crazy, or wicked, or both. This is a truth that’s suppressed again and again, yet it remains true.

No, Klinghoffer’s purpose isn’t to suggest anything like that. Certainly not! But in support of exactly that claim, Klinghoffer cites his own earlier ravings — Hitler, Stalin, etc. — the same ones to which we always link whenever Klinghoffer’s name pops up. In our humble opinion, if that mass of material supports any hypothesis, it’s probably something about a connection between creationism and reality-detachment. But we’ll leave that for another day.

Now, dear reader, we’re giving you an additional treat. The Discovery Channel maniac has not only motivated Discovery Institute posts from Chapman and Klinghoffer, but also from John West (whom we affectionately call “Westie”). He’s a Senior Fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute (the DI), where he is Associate Director of their Center for Science and Culture — the creationist public relations and lobbying operation that consumes almost half of the Discoveroids’ $4 million budget (see Their 2007 Tax Return). That makes West one of the chief Keepers of their wedge strategy.

Our last post about Westie’s activities was Workin’ in the Quote Mine. Westie is joining in the James Lee orgy at Discoveroid headquarters, as you can see in his post: Major Media Spike Discovery Channel Gunman’s Darwinian Motivations. It’s very brief. What he says, basically, is that Lee’s madness was not only Darwin’s fault, but the press are all in on the conspiracy. See for yourself:

If someone opposed to abortion were to take hostages at an abortion clinic, you can be sure the newsmedia would tenaciously track down and publicize every anti-abortion association and comment of the criminal in question. But when a gunman inspired by Darwinism takes hostages at the offices of the Discovery Channel, reporters seem curiously uninterested in fully disclosing the criminal’s own self-described motivations.

There you are then. There’s three of them — Chapman, West, and of course Klinghoffer — all happily splashing around in the creationist slime pit, rolling in the stuff, slurping it up, and inviting you to join them. Go ahead, jump right in. The slime is all green and yellow, thick and gooey, and it’s probably body temperature by now. You ought to find it quite comfortable — if you’re a creationist. It’s a great way to celebrate the Discovery Institute’s Discovery Channel affair.

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13 responses to “Discovery Institute’s Discovery Channel Orgy

  1. It’s the jack-offs from Answers in Genesis/Creation Ministries International that I’m wondering about…

  2. I wonder how long it will take DI to consider that if no one listens to them, that this form of terrosism is a legitimate tactic to get the attention that they crave.

    It’s a small step from writing insane blog articles that encourage illegal behavior to showing up a Biology lab somewhere with a gun and bomb. We it time and time again…

  3. Lee wanted to save the apes, but not humans. Therefore, he believes humans are not apes. Now then, who else doesn’t think humans are apes?

  4. If they actually cared about science–if they really thought “intelligent design” vs evolution was a scientific question–they’d never write these things.

    They’re a propaganda outfit, and they use any tool they have to spread confusion and doubt, and they are paid well for it. David Klinghoffer lives with his wife and six kids on Mercer Island.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercer_Island,_Washington

    The median income for a household in the city was $151,904, and the median income for a family was $190,830. The average household income in 2004 was $169,841. The per capita income for the city was $123,799. About 0.9% of families and 0.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.

    As of 2009, the 98040 zip code had a median home sale price of $1,084,627.

  5. If someone opposed to abortion were to take hostages at an abortion clinic, you can be sure the newsmedia would tenaciously track down and publicize every anti-abortion association and comment of the criminal in question.

    That may be in part because we can be pretty sure Mr. Lee didn’t have any personal contact with Charles Darwin.

    And while I’m sure there are plenty of science supporters who may not like the schlock stuff the Discovery Channel often puts out, no one is suggesting that they are sinners and murderers on their way to hell and maybe should be given a headstart on their journey.

    But hey! If the DI didn’t have lies, cheap rhetoric and fearmongering, the drones that work there would be just another bit of data in the unemployment rate.

  6. Gabriel Hanna, your post is precisely on the mark. Nicely done.

  7. Oh, Curmudgeon, your flat-out assertion that Lee was inspired by Al Gore in a blog post excoriating the Discoveroid nitwits for claiming he was inspired by Darwin has my irony meter so far in the red it bent the needle.

  8. PZ Myers has a nice rebuttal to Klinghoffer’s post:
    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/09/that_didnt_take_long_2.php

  9. Gabriel Hanna

    Oh, Curmudgeon, your flat-out assertion that Lee was inspired by Al Gore in a blog post excoriating the Discoveroid nitwits for claiming he was inspired by Darwin has my irony meter so far in the red it bent the needle.

    Lee asserted this himself. SC didn’t do it for him.

  10. Carlsonjok: “Lee wanted to save the apes, but not humans. Therefore, he believes humans are not apes. Now then, who else doesn’t think humans are apes?”

    To add to the irony, PZ Myers, in Anonymous’ link, says:

    (although, really, a strict Darwinian fanatic probably wouldn’t rush to commit a violent act that could only end with him dead or incarcerated, and also wouldn’t be ranting about ending reproduction for his own species. I’d expect a truly fervent Darwinian to be avoiding risks and expending a great deal of effort in courtship, or at least frantically making lots of donations to the local sperm or ovum bank.)

  11. The best remark on Klinghoffer’s screed I’ve seen so far is from a YEC,
    Todd Wood
    , who teaches at Bryan College:

    Why is it that I can think offhand of far more wacko Christians than I can wacko “Darwinists?” Seriously, you should read some of the crazy emails I get.

    And in a previous post 7 hours earlier he wrote

    It was a terrible tragedy that ended in the hostage taker’s death, but before anyone gets too smug about how Darwinism leads to violence, let’s remember two words: James Kopp. You know, the guy who bought a sniper rifle and assassinated abortionist Barnett Slepian? The fact is that deranged people do violent things because they’re deranged. Darwin no more caused Lee’s violent acts than the Bible caused Kopp’s.

    YEC or not, that ain’t bad.

  12. RBH says: “YEC or not, that ain’t bad.”

    The real test of character is what one admits when it’s against his interests. It’s difficult to make any assessment of Klinghoffer, because he’s merely doing what he’s paid to do. That’s true of us all when we’re working — even a $2 dockside strumpet. But if Klinghoffer weren’t being paid, would he hold the same opinions? Is the strumpet attracted to her profession because it pays well, or because she enjoys the work?

  13. RBH: “YEC or not, that ain’t bad.”

    IIRC (and aware that I may be committing a “Scotsman” fallacy), Wood is not a “true” YEC in the sense of swearing that the evidence supports a young earth. ISTR him conceding (like Omphalos creationists) that mainstream science is correct about age-related data, but that he takes the ages on faith, or scripture. Nevertheless, even ICR, which I guess consists mostly of “true” YECs, has also recently complained about the DI (see recent thread at this site), as they (and AIG) have done before. While the DI pathetically begs the YEC outfits to get under the big tent, they want no part of it, and may be getting increasingly annoyed with the DI’s strategy, Which seems to be a definite trend away from “‘evidence’ against evolution” and toward “‘Darwinism’ is responsible for all evil.”

    Mark my words (though I’m surely not the first to say it): Time will show the DI to be the worst-of-the-worst among politically motivated anti-evolution activist groups. Both in terms of how pathetic their “science” is (YECs and OECs at least offer testable hypotheses) and how sleazy their strategy is.