Yesterday we wrote about James Tour: Creationist Organic Chemist. It’s probably just a coincidence, but today the guy is being defended by none other than Bruce Chapman, whom we affectionately call “Chappy.” He’s the founder and president of the Discovery Institute.
Chappy’s position makes him Lord High Keeper of the Discoveroids’ Wedge strategy, and the ultimate leader of all cdesign proponentsists. Therefore, when Chappy speaks, creationists pay attention — and so do we.
Actually, he may not be the Discoveroids’ president any longer. As we reported five months ago in What’s Happening to Bruce Chapman?, their most recently-filed tax return says he’s no longer president. But he’s still their chairman, so he’s still a big deal.
Chappy’s latest contribution to the Discoveroids’ creationist blog is Detective Columbo of Chemistry: “I Don’t Understand Evolution”. He says, with bold font added by us:
In the spirit of Peter Falk’s classic TV character Detective Columbo, whose method was to apologize for a lack of comprehension until he finally solved the mystery, a renowned chemist says he doesn’t “understand” evolution. What he means, he subsequently makes clear, is that Darwin’s theory doesn’t make sense to him.
We saw a few episodes of that show. Columbo pretended to be dense, but he always solved the crime. Clever beginning, Chappy. Now let’s get to it:
Dr. James Tour of Rice University, regarded as one of America’s fifty top scientists, is quoted by Christian News about his innocent-sounding discussions with fellow scientists in private.
You remember. Jimmy Tour says he has top secret conversations with other brilliant scientists, and they all whisper that they don’t understand the origin of life. We’re supposed to believe that it’s something they’re afraid to reveal in public. Let’s read on:
Tour signed Discovery’s Scientific Dissent from Darwinism years ago when the National Center for Science Education asserted that only a handful of scientists doubt Darwin’s theory. Our list of dissenters started at 100, then grew to 800. At that point we stopped inviting people to sign it because their names on the list were used by Darwinists to persecute them professionally. Some lost their jobs.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! They stopped at 800 because their creationists were being persecuted! We’re supposed to believe they could have had tens of thousands of names by now, but the Darwinist bullies intimidated everyone. It couldn’t be that some of them lost their jobs because … well, we don’t need to spell out the problems a creationist might encounter in the academic world. It would be the same if someone signed a statement that he didn’t accept the solar system.
However, Tour doesn’t seem to have been hurt.
True. That goes for Michael Behe too. Tenure means something. But Chappy is staying with his Darwinist bully scenario as the reason they “closed” their list at 800. His final paragraph says:
Is that possibly because chemists are more open-minded than biologists? Or is the dirty little secret about Darwinism — that it has more public advocates in science than private believers — becoming more apparent?
Well, Chappy, if the “dirty little secret” is out, then you don’t have to be afraid to open up your Scientific Dissent from Darwinism for more signatures. Of all the scientists who are out there — over 120,000 just in the American Association for the Advancement of Science — show us how many you can get. Or is 800 the best you can do?
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