The Discoveroids — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page — have assigned to David Klinghoffer (their journalistic slasher) the task of discrediting Zack Kopplin. That’s the kind of work Klinghoffer was born to do, and he has embarked on his task with obvious relish.
You already know who Zack Kopplin is. The last time we wrote about him was Zack Kopplin on the Bill Moyers Show. His appearance on that show has had an effect on the Discoveroids. They think that uppity “Darwinist” kid is getting too big for his britches, so the Discoveroids are going to destroy him — if they can.
The opening round in Klinghoffer’s war on Zack is What Does It Mean to Be a “Friend of Darwin”? We’re going to look at it — not to see what Klinghoffer thinks of Zack, because that’s utterly predictable and nobody cares what he thinks — but to see what his nasty little essay says about the Discoveroids, and about Klinghoffer himself.
As we go through the thing, try to spot all the times Klinghoffer, while ostensibly criticizing Zack, is really expressing dissatisfaction with himself and his dead-end career. Okay, here are some excerpts from the Seattle slasher’s essay, with bold font added by us and his links omitted:
Zack Kopplin is a hero among Darwin activists for his attempt, when still a high school student in Baton Rouge, to combat teachers’ freedom to inform students in public schools that a legitimate scientific argument is going on over Darwinian evolution.
And Klinghoffer, who is well beyond his high school years, and has found employment with a shady creationist outfit, dimly senses that he is a hero to no one. From his dingy Seattle cubicle, he sees Zack achieve the sort of recognition that Klinghoffer imagines should have been his. Dream on, David. Zack is going places, and you’re toiling away as a creationist hack. The slasher essay continues:
He tried and failed to get Louisiana’s successful academic freedom law, the Louisiana Science Education Act, repealed.
Yes, so far the law hasn’t been repealed, but Zack’s campaign had the backing of at least 72 Nobel laureates — see Louisiana Creationism Repeal: Zack is Back! — while the Discoveroids’ effort to preserve the Louisiana law had the backing of an ignorant pack of swamp-dwelling creationists. Let’s read on:
For the effort he received a 2012 “Friend of Darwin” award from the National Center for Science Education. … What does it mean, in the community of Darwin lobbyists and activists, to be a “Friend of Darwin”?
Note that expression — “the community of Darwin lobbyists and activists.” If any outfit in this world deserves to be described as “lobbyists and activists” it’s the Discoveroids. The science community is merely reacting to their aggressive efforts to pervert and ultimately suppress science. We continue:
Well, Mr. Kopplin is now a college student, studying history at Rice University. He sat down for an interview with Bill Moyers … and demonstrated one thing about himself: he is absolutely dogged about driving home the Darwin Lobby message that equates all skepticism on Darwinian theory with, yes, creationism. Moyers is totally uncritical about this and joins in as well.
Klinghoffer is shocked — shocked! — that anyone would classify the Discoveroids as creationists. Actually, it’s so flamingly obvious that they are, the only shocking thing is that they continue to deny it. And while they deny it, they continue to claim that their mythical intelligent designer — blessed be he! — is up there in the sky (or somewhere) and he’s invisibly designing our DNA. Their only arguments to support this bizarre claim, besides the naked assertion that they know design when they see it, are the traditional creationist favorites — the god of the gaps argument and William Paley’s watchmaker analogy. But of course they’re not creationists — cough, cough — certainly not. Here’s more:
Yet, for goodness’ sake, the Louisiana law expressly forbids teaching religious ideas in public school classrooms. That would rule out, obviously, Biblical creationism a/k/a “creation science.” The Louisiana law itself says that it “shall not be construed to promote any religious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs, or promote discrimination for or against religion or nonreligion.”
You gotta give the Discoveroids credit — they keep clinging to their clunkers. That “shall not be construed” language has been totally debunked here: Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws. Moving along:
Kopplin also goes on about Louisiana’s school voucher law, but as Josh Youngkin [a Discoveroid lobbyist] pointed out here recently, that’s got nothing to do with the academic freedom law. Nor does either have anything to do with intelligent design. Nevertheless Kopplin is kind enough not to leave us out of his account of “creeping creationism.”
Zack was too kind. We can think of better words than “creeping.” Maybe oozing, slithering, sneaking, slinking … perhaps all of the above. Another excerpt:
Look, I’ve heard this nonsense repeated many times but the boldness of the deception, and how dopey media people are about simply accepting it, still sometimes takes my breath away.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s how the article ends:
So this should give you an idea of what it means to be a Friend of Darwin. In the case of Zack Kopplin, it means grossly misleading the public about science and education.
Zack really got to those guys. It’s amazing what a bit of honest, informed, straight talk can accomplish. Good on ya, Zack!
See also: Confessions of a Discoveroid Lobbyist.
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