This is splendid! As you recall, we recently posted Discovery Institute Catastrophes in 2013. They had absolutely no successes this year, and they suffered an Arkload of setbacks.
But now — undoubtedly to mollify their generous patrons — they’re posting a list of what they consider their Top Ten highlights of the year. They started a few days ago with number ten, and they’re working their way up the list, one day at a time, so they can finish the year with whatever they regard as number one.
Today they’re up to number six, and it’s quite amusing. Their new post is: #6 of Our Top-Ten Evolution Stories of 2013: How “Freethought” Bullies Threatened College into Cancelling Intelligent Design Course.
It’s by Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist. Some of you may not have been around back in 2010 when your compassionate Curmudgeon honored him — see Casey Luskin Is Named a Curmudgeon Fellow. Most of his long post today is just a copy of what he posted a few weeks ago, about which we wrote Discoveroids Suffer a Crushing Defeat.
Yes, Casey is claiming that the Discoveroids’ defeat at Amarillo College, a state-run, two-year community college in Amarillo, Texas, is one of their big highlights of the year. They were apparently embarked on a stealth campaign to infiltrate two-year community colleges with their kind of creationist course, using their books, thinking that no one would notice. But their plans were thwarted when the non-credit course was cancelled.
That probably explains why your irony meter blew itself out this morning. Their humiliating setback was featured in our post about their catastrophes for the year. We didn’t attempt to rank them in accordance with their importance. Our list was chronological, and that event was our number eight — the last in our list. But — to our surprise — it’s now featured among the Discoveroids’ top ten highlights for the year.
Okay, let’s see what they have to say. After copying his original post, Casey says … nothing. Nothing at all! Egad — today’s post is merely a repeat of the earlier one. What we saw as a creationist debacle, and one of their worst disasters for the year, is on the Discoveroids’ Top Ten list of wonderful events. What’s the thinking behind this?
All we can figure out is that they delight in their status as martyrs. It explains their obsession with the events cataloged in that thrilling Ben Stein “documentary” Expelled. The less respect they get, the better they like it. Complaining is so much easier than actually accomplishing anything. And for a certain kind of personality, it seems to be more rewarding.
The Discoveroids must love your Curmudgeon. We plan to continue thrilling them in the coming year. No, we don’t expect their thanks. Just knowing that we’re making them happy is sufficient reward.
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