This is a video of a recent speech by Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Her topic is: What Would Darwin Say to Today’s Creationists?
After you’ve watched it — or even a portion of it — you can appreciate the latest post at the blog of 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).
It’s by David Klinghoffer, whose creationist oeuvre we last described here, and upon whom the Discoveroids have bestowed the exalted title of “senior fellow” — i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist. His name has some of the resonance of Red Skelton’s Clem Kadiddlehopper.
Klinghoffer’s (or Kadiddlehopper’s) post is titled The Super-Expansive Category: A Favorite Deceptive Tactic with the Darwin Lobby.
He begins by quoting Scott’s explanation to her audience that intelligent design is a form of creationism (that happens within the first six minutes of the video). That’s entirely true and it drives the Discoveroids crazy, because it’s central to their litigation strategy to maintain the fiction that theirs is not a religious teaching. Their strategy is doomed to failure, but by sticking with it they hope to slither through the barrier of the First Amendment, which thus far has prevented creationism from being taught in public schools.
Their subterfuge hasn’t fooled anyone. When their experts testified under oath in court, the creationist nature of their “science” was painfully obvious. See Kitzmiller v. Dover: Who is the Intelligent Designer? During that trial, their recommended text, Of Pandas and People, was revealed to be a warmed-over creationist book (see cdesign proponentsists). In addition to all that, the Discoveroids’ wedge strategy — declaring that their purpose is “To replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God” — was exposed for all the world to see.
Nevertheless, the Discoveroids continue their charade. Why they persist is a mystery, because everyone knows what’s going on. But they do persist, even to the point of severely insulting Genie Scott for saying what all the world knows to be true.
Okay, that’s enough introduction. Now let’s see what Klinghoffer says. To keep this brief, we’ll excerpt only the most vicious parts. After quoting Scott saying that ID is creationism, he says, with bold font added by us:
Both intelligent design and creationism take issue with the Darwinian paradigm that portrays evolution as unguided and reflecting no intelligent purpose or intention. Beyond that, the two ideas have very little in common. That doesn’t stop Eugenie Scott from forcing them, over and over again, into the same basket.
The only conceivable purposes served by this insistence are dishonorable: seeking to discredit a genuine scientific challenge to Darwinian theory, intimidating scientists and non-scientists alike, and fooling the public, while dodging serious challenges.
Right. It’s Genie Scott who’s trying to fool the public, and it’s the Discoveroids who are honorable. Let’s read on:
That’s more than a provocation. It’s a lie and an invitation to otherwise thoughtful people to lazily shrug off the obligation to think about a profound question.
Ooooooh! It’s a lie! Hey, you gotta believe Klinghoffer, because he’s a Discoveroid and we know they never lie. The truth-teller continues:
To keep peddling this untruth would require a conscious dishonesty — or, more charitably, a willed ignorance on the part of Dr. Scott and the NCSE, a self-protective determination to remain unacquainted with what intelligent-design advocates argue and the evidence they offer.
Pay attention, dear reader, because when the subject is conscious dishonesty, Klinghoffer knows what he’s talking about. Here’s the end:
Eugenie Scott, leading Darwin lobbyist, sounds like a nice lady. It’s too bad she persists in seeking to make her case by confusing people. What is she doing in a disreputable and dishonest business like that?
As always, Klinghoffer is a class act.
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