When the horrendous news broke this past weekend about the shootings in Colorado, we promptly posted Colorado Shooter James Holmes & Darwin.
We recited the long history of malignant invectives promoted 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).
Whenever anything goes wrong in the world, the Discoveroids routinely blame it on Darwin — and the attack jobs are usually perpetrated by David Klinghoffer, the Discoveroids’ journalistic slasher, upon whom they 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.
The Discoveroids even blame Darwin even for things he never advocated and that were going on long before was born (see Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin). Given their track record, we knew they were itching to get into print blaming the theater shootings on Darwin — just as they had done a few years ago regarding the Columbine shootings.
So after waiting all weekend for the expected super-volcano of vomit from Seattle, what do we find? Only this from Klinghoffer: Jerry Coyne Is Forced to Back Down in Smear Against Pastor Rick Warren. It’s weak, it’s lame, and it’s not going to survive in this world of natural selection. But it does give Klinghoffer the opportunity to put on his scriptural savant costume and — in the guise of a man of virtue — say this:
We haven’t said anything about the horrendous tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, because other than expressing the same shock, anguish and compassion for the victims that everyone else feels, there is nothing to say. Really, next to nothing is known about the killer’s motivations or state of mind.
So there you are, dear reader. They’re waiting. Waiting for a news report about just one little Tweet, one diary entry, one email — anything at all that will give them a pretext to claim a connection between the shooter and Darwin’s theory. Then the Deluge!
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