We’re worried about the Discovery Institute. We could almost understand their fervid explosion of blogging back in 2008 when Louisiana was enacting a creationist education law. We wrote about that here: Ecstasy Over Louisiana. But what concerns us now is a new episode of seemingly uncontrollable blogging that has overtaken 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).
Our last post about the Discoveroids’ alarming condition was a few days ago: Discovery Institute’s Discovery Channel Orgy, when they had already blogged an unseemly amount about the alleged “Darwinist” motivations of the terrorist lunatic, James J. Lee, who briefly took hostages and threatened to bomb the headquarters of the Discovery Channel.
Lee left behind a deranged manifesto which has been 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 in it twice — each time in connection with Malthus and over-population.
Contrary to the delusions of both Lee and the Discoveroids — who have clearly embraced Lee as their current poster boy — restraining human population growth is something Darwin specifically opposed. We quoted some of Darwin’s writings to that effect here: Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin. In that post, among other Darwin quotations, we gave you this, from Chapter 21 of The Descent of Man:
Hence our natural rate of increase, though leading to many and obvious evils, must not be greatly diminished by any means. There should be open competition for all men; and the most able should not be prevented by laws or customs from succeeding best and rearing the largest number of offspring.
In other words, Lee knew nothing about Darwin’s ideas; he was just babbling. So what can we say about the Discoveroids, who blame Lee’s rampage on Darwin? The first thing to be said is that they’re wrong — obviously and hopelessly wrong — but that’s nothing new. The second thing is that their obsession with Lee seems to be growing worse.
After we posted about the Discoveroids’ furious burst of Lee = Darwinism activity, they’ve continued on their downward slide. In addition to what we mentioned earlier, they subsequently posted More on the Darwin (and Obama) Angles in the Discovery Channel Hostage Episode. That one was by Klinghoffer, and we won’t bother with it because we’re temporarily bored with writing about him.
But it doesn’t end there. Today they’ve posted James Lee Was Disturbed, but What Happens When an Entire Culture Embraces Social Darwinism? It’s by John West (whom we affectionately call “Westie”). He’s not only a “Senior Fellow,” he’s also Associate Director of the Discoveroids’ Center for Science and Culture, which consumes almost half of the Discoveroids’ $4 million budget (see Their 2007 Tax Return). That makes Westie one of the chief Keepers of their notorious wedge strategy.
Westie’s latest post is only a single paragraph, so we won’t bother quoting any of it. Click over there to read it if you’re curious. As his title indicates, he asks what would happen if the whole culture thought as James Lee thought. Frankly, dear reader, that’s an amazingly silly question, but to the Discoveroids it’s truly profound.
Now you understand why, as we said at the start of this post, we’re getting worried about those people.
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