We’ve always referred to him as the founder and President of the Discovery Institute, whose position makes him Lord High Keeper of the Discoveroids’ Wedge strategy, and the ultimate leader of all cdesign proponentsists.
But as we just learned in reading their latest tax return, although Chappy is still Chairman, he’s no longer the Discoveroids’ President. That title now belongs to John West. Not only that, but Chappy’s had a cut in pay, from $154K on their 2011 tax return to “only” $135K on the 2012 return.
We didn’t make a big deal about it because it struck us as a normal … ah, evolutionary transition. Chappy was born in December of 1940, so he’ll turn 75 next year. He’s been successful in getting the Discoveroids’ under way and amazingly well funded, so it’s only natural that at this stage of life he would gradually relinquish his responsibilities in anticipation of retirement.
It never occurred to us that there may be something else going on — not until we read his newest post, which appears today at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog. It’s titled New York Times Escorts Darwinists on Holy Pilgrimage.
Holy pilgrimage? That’s a tad sleazy — the sort of thing we expect from the more primitive creationists who see everything, including science, as a religion, and who routinely claim that “Darwinism” is just another Satanic cult. We had thought the Discoveroids were (at least sometimes) above that sort of thing. Well, okay — no big deal. Chappy was being cute in his title. But as you’ll see, it’s not just the title. That theme is rampant throughout his entire essay.
To highlight what we mean, we’ll put certain phrases in red font. Then you can draw your own conclusions. Here it comes:
In case the editorials posing as front page news stories weren’t enough evidence of how theNew York Times regards itself — namely, as the Bible for scientism in general and Darwinism in particular — the Times is now conducting a pilgrimage to The Darwin Land. The paper’s advert says prices for the Scotland and England journey start at $5,150.
Here’s a link to what Chappy’s talking about: At Home With Darwin in Scotland and England. It’s an article describing what looks like a delightful educational tour. Then he says:
In Edinburgh, pilgrims will pass the Upper Room where 16-year-old Charles Darwin lived, then witness the more recent Blessed Relics of Dolly the Cloned Sheep in a local museum. Later, pilgrims tour the Grotto of Shrewsbury, the Shrine of The Origins’ Immaculate Conception at Down House, the Sacred Tomb of Darwin Papers at Cambridge and the Congregation for the Doctrine of Darwin Collection at the Museum of Natural History in London.
Wow! Chappy seems to be over-working the “Darwinism is religion” mantra. But he’s not done yet. Let’s read on:
When the journey is over Times pilgrims can crawl on their knees to Westminster Abbey, where Darwin came down to earth, and ask forgiveness for any of theistic beliefs that haven’t yet evolved.
Uh … Chappy, you’ve made your point. You can stop now. But it isn’t over. There’s one more sentence to his article:
During the journey there will be daily devotional readings from the latest issues of the Times itself.
So there you are. Now we ask you, dear reader: Is Chappy’s removal as President of the Discoveroids merely a normal event at the end of a long career, or is there perhaps some other reason why he’s being eased out? This is a delicate situation, so we ask that you be gentle in your comments.
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