It’s always interesting to see what publications are sympathetic to 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 observe that Human Events, which had once been a reasonably respectable conservative publication, has unquestionably descended into the slime. Back in 2005 they published a list of Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries. It’s a darn good list, with nothing by Darwin on it, but both his Origin of Species and Descent of Man were among the 20 other books for which some of their judges had voted, and to which they gave honorable mention. That mention of Darwin could have been shrugged off at the time as the deranged consequence of a few creationists among those who were consulted for that project. But there is no longer any reason for anyone to make excuses for Human Events.
They’ve fallen so low that Human Events can now be considered a reliable and obedient Discoveroid fellow-traveler. The depth of their descent is unmistakable, because today they’ve published an article by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist). Klinghoffer’s article is titled ‘Science Says’ Is Now Just Another Special Interest Claim. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
President Obama echoed an often-heard lament when he complained recently that, among Americans, “facts and science and argument do not seem to be winning the day.” According to distressed cultural observers, public ignorance about science is evidenced by failure to accept global warming, “animal rights,” euthanasia and Darwinian evolution.
Nice collection of topics that don’t share too many common characteristics. Would this be some kind of attempt at guilt by association? Maybe, although it’s difficult to label every propaganda device we encounter. Let’s read on in the article by Klinghoffer — but to show that we’re learning from his tactics, along with his name we’ll also mention pond scum, toxic waste, and leprosy:
The assumption is that doubting scientists’ claims means you have divorced yourself from reality. Yet steadily accumulating stories from the scientific community itself suggest grounds for doubting that scientists all pursue truth without fear or favor. Last year’s “Climategate” email leak from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit is the best-known case, but hardly the only one.
Yes, it’s clear now that scientists are all frauds. We can only place our trust in Klinghoffer — and famine, pestilence, mass extinction, etc. We continue:
If there’s any question on which science has spoken definitively, it’s supposed to be the theory that an unguided material process of natural selection accounts for life’s long development. A consensus of biologists appears to agree on this. Yet to what extent is that uniformity coerced — specifically, by employment pressure?
There’s no need to go on with this, is there? You’ve all seen the sludge that oozes from the pen of Klinghoffer and his like-minded comrades in Seattle. If you like, go ahead and read the whole article. We’ll skip it all until we get to the end, which is this:
If only we laymen could simply trust our scientists, without thinking critically for ourselves, as we once trusted priests and rabbis. Alas, those days are gone too. Recognizing such things does not make you ignorant. It makes you a realist.
That was pretty bad. Nevertheless, we’ll end this post on a positive note. We’ve figured out something to be said in Klinghoffer’s favor: He’s consistent.
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