Things seem to be spinning out of control. You already know about the Discoveroid Ultimatum Issued to Ball State. The ultimatum gave the trembling university until 30 September to comply with the Discoveroids’ demands, or “the Institute warns it will be forced to seek other remedies.”
But that terrifying threat wasn’t enough. In a new post by David Klinghoffer, Why Censorship at Ball State Matters, and What You Can Do About It, we’re told that the Discoveroids aren’t waiting — they’re already taking action. Klinghoffer says, with bold font added by us:
If you’re like me, the Ball State University affair brings to a head, not for the first time, a source of great frustration. Here is a large public university clamping down on discussion of the theory of intelligent design by any professors who should care to talk about the subject, whether in a science or even a humanities course. What can I do about it?
David has definitely struck a chord. Every creationist in the world is wondering the same thing: What can I do about the atrocities at Ball State? Klinghoffer has the answer:
Even if I lived in Indiana, where Ball State is located, even if I were a student or a faculty member at Ball State, what could I do? Well here’s something you can do, positively and right now: Go to the new webpage Discovery Institute has launched that makes it easy to learn how to register your opinion with the only group of people, short of the stage legislature that pays the bills at Ball State, with the power to reverse President Jo Ann Gora’s gag order against talking about ID on the campus. Those people are Ball State’s Board of Trustees.
Do that now. It’s fast, and it’s important.
Wow — the Discoveroids aren’t fooling around! They created a webpage just for this! Here it is: Take Action Now: Urge Ball State University to Support Academic Freedom on Intelligent Design. It provides the university’s email address and a sample letter you can send.
We’ve seen in the past how effective such things can be. For example, during the Coppedge trial, in order to bring pressure on NASA to save David Coppedge’s job at JPL, the Discoveroids posted this: Protest David Coppedge’s Persecution, Direct to NASA! We know how well that worked. It’s a proven technique, so they’re doing it again, this time aimed at Ball State.
The rest of Klinghoffer’s post is a lot of rambling, but a few parts are amusing. Like this:
Left in place, Gora’s code of silence — omertà, it would be called in some non-academic contexts — is a warning to scientists across the country. Its ripples extend to both coasts. The academic world is watching. Overturned, though, it would at least grant some relief to those in fear.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Relief to those in fear? Who’s in fear, except perhaps a few closet creationists? Well, they just hired Guillermo Gonzalez — a Discoveroid “senior fellow.” If he’s not careful, he could end up back at some bible college. Hey — how about this:
Darwinian censorship, arguably, has never been fiercer than at this moment, probably because we are winning the argument on the merits, and they know it.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s see … is there anything else? Oh yeah, this is priceless:
From overt censorship to character assassination to mere misinformation, it’s all part of a single effort by Darwin defenders to a) flee from a fair fight on the merits of the respective cases for design v. Darwin as an explanation of life’s evolutionary history, and b) to stop anyone else from fairly considering the case for design in a balanced, open-minded fashion.
Did Klinghoffer just accuse “Darwin defenders” of misinformation and character assignation? Klinghoffer did that? He’s the guy the Discoveroids depend upon most for promoting their mantra that Darwin = Hitler and Marx and Stalin and Mao and Mengele and Manson, etc.
This is from his final paragraph:
The Ball State affair presents the rare opportunity we all have to cast a meaningful vote, that if successful would actually make a difference, in favor of intellectual freedom and honest debate. I strongly urge you not to miss that chance.
This is really exciting. First the ultimatum, now the dreaded letter-writing campaign. It’s total war! Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora must be hiding under her desk in terror.
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