Discoveroids’ Crazed Reaction to Amarillo College

This is good. It’s very good. You surely recall our recent post about the failed effort of the Discoveroids to infiltrate a junior college in Texas — see Discoveroids Suffer a Crushing Defeat. This may become a continuing theme of theirs, so we’ll give you an indented paragraph of background information, which most of you can skip:

At Amarillo College, a state-run, two-year community college in Amarillo, Texas, someone was going to teach a non-credit course titled “Evolution vs. Intelligent Design,” using this text: Explore Evolution: The Arguments For and Against Neo-Darwinism (Amazon listing). That book was written by Discoveroid Stephen Meyer and others. Jamie Farren, a staff member at Amarillo College and the leader of Amarillo’s local atheist group, the Freethought Oasis,” learned about the proposed course and protested through academic channels. The college dropped the course.

That seems to have upset the Discoveroids far out of proportion to the apparent significance of the course and the school, but our guess is that they were covertly planning to use this as sort of a pilot program for infiltrating higher education by starting at the relatively inconspicuous junior college level to develop a loyal cadre of trained, credentialed creationists who would gradually creep into higher education posts. That’s the only way we can explain the Discoveroids’ reaction to their humiliation at Amarillo College.

Today they have posted yet again about that situation. You must read Why the Situation at Amarillo College Matters. It’s by David Klinghoffer. He’s the Discoveroids’ journalistic slasher and poo flinger, and this is exactly the kind of job at which he excels. Whenever reality prevails against the purveyors of Oogity Boogity, and the Discoveroids feel compelled to sling the slime, they naturally think: “This is a job for Klinghoffer!” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Darwinist bullies, assisted by National Center for Science Education deputy director Glenn Branch, succeeded in intimidating a teacher and administrators into canceling a course on the intelligent design v. Darwinism debate.

Why does this matter? What, you’ve never heard of Amarillo College? I never did either until a few weeks ago. But that’s the point. Intimidation applied to teaching and research about ID now extends up and down the scale of academic prestige.

How horrible! The Discoveroids can’t even infiltrate the lowest levels of academia. Let’s read on:

What happened at Amarillo College is a thug, Jamie Farren, representing the wonderfully named “Freethought Oasis” scared initially the teacher of the course — scared him so badly he went to the police — and then the administration, so much so that the college canceled the class.

We discussed that before. Even as Casey Luskin described it, no doubt as luridly as possible, the “thug” (Klinghoffer’s term)– a college staffer — met with the teacher of the proposed course and allegedly spoke in a “verbally aggressive” manner. It was some other administrator who, upon hearing about it, called the police for the purpose of “documenting” the incident, but no criminal activity was alleged. Nevertheless, the police report has now become an essential part of the Discoveroids’ narrative. Klinghoffer continues:

Here is a basic takeaway lesson. When you hear that the question of Darwinian evolution versus ID in the academic setting has been definitively settled in favor of Darwinism, keep in mind that this has been accomplished by the application of horrendous career pressure to genuinely free-thinking scientists and other scholars everywhere along the academic scale.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s more:

Look, the persecution of ID advocates is a story that goes on and on. I’m trying hard not to draw a comparison to the treatment of Jews in some ungentle eras in Western history.

Wow! Is there anything Klinghoffer won’t say in the service of his creationist masters? Apparently not. Here we must remind you of some examples from his creationist oeuvre: He has previously linked Darwin to: Hitler, and communism, and Stalin, and the Columbine shootings, and Charles Manson, and Holocaust Museum shooter, James von Brunn, and the Ft. Hood Massacre, and Mao Tse-tung, and Dr. Josef Mengele, and James Lee, the Discovery Channel Terrorist, and most recently the practice of euthanasia. Moving along:

Or forget Jews, how about homosexuals? Iran’s then president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia University back in 2007 and drew (unintended) laughter from the crowd when he avowed that his country has no homosexuals. The audience laughed because they knew that open gays in Iran would face the prospect of dire punishments for making themselves known.

Are you absorbing the full meaning of Klinghoffer’s post? The cancellation of a rinky-dink, non-credit creationist course at a relatively unknown junior college — by entirely peaceful means — is claimed to be equivalent to the persecution of Jews by Hitler or gays by Iran. And now we come to the end:

The claim that ID has been rejected by mainstream science is a joke — for the very same reason. Darwin skeptics and ID advocates are silenced by the fear of being outed and having their careers destroyed. President Ahmadinejad’s assurances notwithstanding, they are out there, quietly biding their time, nevertheless.

We don’t know what to say, or what to make of this — what should we call it? — this over-reaction. It would seem that the Discoveroids are so overcome with despair at ever accomplishing the goals of their wedge strategy, and maybe losing the support of their generous patrons, that they are literally going insane. Is that too harsh a conclusion? Maybe so. What do you think, dear reader?

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22 responses to “Discoveroids’ Crazed Reaction to Amarillo College

  1. In conciliatory spirit, here’s a compromise for the Discoveroids: How about if Amarillo College offered a course in Intelligent Poodle Grooming vs.Evolution?

    The course would feature a genuine wild Timber Wolf and a Standard Poodle and an astounding demonstration how the former never spontaneously develops a classic ‘continental clip’ styling of its coat without the application of ID…

  2. Why does Ahmanson believe the Discovery Institute has any lasting influence? How does the DI convince him it is worth the millions of dollars?

  3. This whole Amarillo story really is beneath Klingy. He should instead turn his awesome intellect and inimitable prose to issues of real gravity, e.g. Police ‘told to leave Queen’s nuts’

  4. Charles Deetz ;)

    It would be interesting to let the class go forward. All you need is one or two secular-types to join the sunday school class to make it more fun. And to see the teacher finally collapse under the weight of cognitive dissonance after trying to fill in all the gaps in the DI ‘theory’. Bonus if a YEC joins and starts questioning the timeline of things and wants to discuss post-flood sediment.

  5. Do you have a link to the other side of the story? Has Jamie Farren published anything about it?

  6. After reading all that, I’m still not convinced that the Discorrhoids are not wholly delusional — rather than, say, directedly mendacious. Whichever it is, it’s a mindset entirely bereft of humility and one that is utterly alien to me. With the possible exception of cosmogony, there is no other scientific field in which a small vocal interest group is so obsessed with subverting the scientific consensus. I understand the motivation for it up to a point, but I don’t understand the attendant extremist fervour.

  7. Shouldn’t there have been two texts? One pro Neo-Darwinism and then the other one mentioned?

  8. The claim that ID has been rejected by mainstream science is a joke …

    Wonder what he bases this assertion on? The might 700 who’ve signed their anti-Darwin pledge?

  9. Klinghitler says: “I’m trying hard not to draw a comparison to the treatment of Jews in some ungentle eras in Western history.”

    Christian history, Klinghitler. Not Western history– Christian history.

    Thought you’d sneak that one past us, huh?

  10. Discovernaught Protocol:

    1. Lie about scientific facts (“Peppered moths don’t rest on trees! The photos were faked!”)

    2. Get caught by real scientists who correct your falsifications.

    3. Describe the exposure of your fraud as “censorship” and “bullying.”

    4. Try to censor and silence all the evidence that proves you committed fraud by comparing the whistleblowers to “Nazism”, “Klansmen” and other crimes of Christendom.

  11. @Con-Tester:
    “With the possible exception of cosmogony, there is no other scientific field in which a small vocal interest group is so obsessed with subverting the scientific consensus.”
    Climate change?

  12. Jamie Farren doesn’t look like a thug to me. He’s a biotech student, with an interest in science education. Just the sort of person that would complain about his college sponsoring an ID course.

    He makes some comments on a school site here, which are interesting. He has some supporters as well. http://amarillocollege.info/ac-what-do-you-think/

    He also appears elsewhere on the site as receiving an award for students with better than 3.5 GPAs. I guess thugs can get good grades…

  13. Maybe the discoveroids are just upset that they didn’t get the textbook sales they were hoping for. This might have been the first sale of their book to an actual, accredited college.

  14. Eddie Janssen: “Why does Ahmanson believe the Discovery Institute has any lasting influence? How does the DI convince him it is worth the millions of dollars?”

    Heck, they convinced me, and I have been a staunch opponent of their scam for the 16 years that I have known about it. Two things make it very easy to believe that the DI has little or no influence. First, almost no one on the street heard of the DI, much less can name a prominent Discoveroid (though Medved’s radio show is changing that). Second, the sensationalist media (left and right factions), and far too many critics of ID/creationism who know better, obsess over the Biblical activists (Ken Ham, Ray Comfort – mostly YEC) and the rank-and-file evolution deniers who are committed Biblical literalists (mostly OEC). The stereotype of “6-day Bible believer vs. secular ‘Darwinist'” sells, but is far from reality.

    To use a Medved expression, the DI “focuses like a laser beam” on the swing vote, the ~half of adult Americans who are not committed Biblical literalists but either have vague doubts of evolution or have been fooled into thinking it’s fair to teach “both sides” in science class. DI’s misleading sound bites and overall strategy to take the focus away from the fatal flaws and contradictions in the common creationist accounts (the “what happened when,” not the “whodunit”), and keep it on promoting unreasonable doubt of evolution, has “trickled down” to that “swing vote,” which mostly lacks the time or interest to critically analyze those misleading claims. Nonliteralists, and even many non-religious people nowadays say things like “I hear evolution has gaps,” or “I hear that life is too complex to arise by chance.” Or worse, fall for lies that “Darwinists” censor “dissenters.”

    While the DI keep losing the “supply” war (to teach their misleading and unearned pseudoscience in public schools), they keep winning the “demand” war.

  15. After reading the next-to-last paragraph in his article, I’m going to have to ask that you now refer to him as: “David Klinghoffer–noted gay rights supporter”.

  16. Random question.

    What is the discovery institute stance on gay marriage? Considering there largely conservative base. I’m surprised they would even mention it.

  17. Spector567 says: “Considering there largely conservative base. I’m surprised they would even mention it.”

    There must be gay creationists. Maybe the Discoveroids are reaching out to them. Klinghoffer said: “Darwin skeptics and ID advocates are silenced by the fear of being outed and having their careers destroyed.” I can see some sympathy there. The big tent is a big closet, so to speak.

  18. “Is that too harsh a conclusion? Maybe so. What do you think, dear reader?”
    No, it’s a too charitable conclusion. Like I predicted IDiots are going down the road beyond insanity.

  19. Rikki_Tikki_Taalik

    Easy on the von Klinghoffer folks.

    He has piles and piles of gay friends. They come to his home, he marries them, they use his bathroom. He treats them just like everyone else.

  20. Bizarre that the Disco Kids accuse evolution defenders of suppressing debate, but have no comment on the colleges, and indeed an entire Univesity accreditation agency (TRACS), that demands biblical literalism, and belief in an actual eternal Hell, for recognition; see http://wp.me/p21T1L-9S

  21. Curm says: “There must be gay creationists.”

    Well, there’s Sen. Larry Craig who was arrested for solicitation in a mens’ room. He pushed creationist legislation.

    And of course, who could forget Rev. Ted Haggard and his gay sex and drugs scandal?

    George Alan Rekers, who did “research” on how to cure gays for the Family Research Council, was filmed on vacation with a rent-boy.

    In the 1950’s, Rev. Billy James Hargis was famous for devirginizing his male and female choir singer.

    I’m not saying all creationist leaders are gay. Some of them commit adultery with women.