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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