Today we shall discuss the odious practice of quote-mining, a shady, dishonorable tactic which is almost universally employed by creationists. It involves plundering, distorting, and perverting the writings or statements of someone, to make it appear that the person being “quoted” said something he really didn’t say at all. See Lies, Damned Lies and Quote Mines, edited by John Pieret.
But when it comes to quote-mining, there’s really no one like 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).
We’ve posted about quote-mining by the Discoveroids’ associate director, John West (see Workin’ in the Quote Mine), and by Casey Luskin (see High Risk Quote Mining), and by Casey again (see Where No Quote-Miner Has Gone Before), and here, where another Discoveroid Quote-Mines Eugenie Scott, and here’s another where Casey is quote-mining Francisco Ayala.
Given the extensive and well-documented use of quote-mining by creationists, and by Discoveroids in particular — especially Casey — you may find Casey’s latest posting at the Discoveroid blog to be amusing: Tracking Down the Quotes John Wise Invented for Michael Behe.
Casey is desperately struggling to say something — anything! — in the Discoveroids’ favor following their fiasco at Southern Methodist University (see: More Fallout after Creationist Revival at SMU). Casey says, with bold font added by us:
In my prior post, I noted that John Wise’s online response to Discovery Institute used invented quotes from Michael Behe’s Dover testimony. In one case, this was understandable since Wise was simply copying a misquote from Judge Jones (who copied it from the ACLU). But there’s another invented misquote from Behe’s Dover testimony whose origin is more puzzling.
We’ll ignore Casey’s slur on Judge Jones’ work because we’ve already debunked that canard here: Three Years Since Dover — Merry Kitzmas! Now Casey is claiming that John Wise misquoted Behe’s testimony. We have a whole post on Behe’s performance, which you can review at your leisure (Kitzmiller v. Dover: Michael Behe’s Testimony). Let’s read on:
I tried finding the words attributed to Behe in the Dover trial transcript, but could not. The quote Wise attributed to Behe does not exist.
We can almost hear Casey sighing: Oh dear, it’s just so difficult checking out all these fake Darwinist quotes! And then all the irony detectors within a thousand-mile radius simultaneously explode.
Casey’s talking about Behe’s famous remark while testifying at the Kitzmiller trial that using his (Behe’s) definition of science, which is necessary for intelligent design to be considered science, astrology also qualifies as science. Professor Wise may have been only paraphrasing Behe’s testimony, but he was certainly accurate in describing the substance of what Behe said.
Casey continues through his long and boring post to expound about trivia — the punctuation and the precise wording of what Wise said about Behe’s testimony. But Casey is wasting his time if he thinks anyone will engage with the minutiae of his argument. What Wise said about Behe and astrology was not at all misleading. Period.
Besides, who is Casey — or any creationist — to complain about inaccurate quotes?
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