We strongly advise you to unplug your irony meters, otherwise they’re sure to explode over this one. The Discovery Institute has just posted Courts Should Punish Animal “Person” Litigators.
It’s their reaction to the news we reported in Oook, Oook — Chimps Lose in Appellate Court. You remember — the The Nonhuman Rights Project had sued and lost in their attempt to have the court grant “legal personhood” for chimps in a zoo to ensure better treatment. They were seeking a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of the chimps. They lost, then appealed, and the appellate court ruled: “A chimpanzee is not a ‘person’ entitled to the rights and protections afforded by the writ of habeas corpus,”
It’s an unremarkable decision, but the Discoveroids are all excited — too excited to see the irony of their position. They criticize a reporter who described the decision as “a blow for animal lovers and simian-rights advocates,” and then they say, with bold font added by us:
That is not a “blow for animal lovers!” One can love and deeply care for animals and not think they deserve treatment akin to humans. It is a blow to ideologues who think animals and people are moral equals. It is a blow to those who seek to destroy human exceptionalism. [Italics in the Discoveroids’ post.]
The Discoveroids have been posing lately as champions of what they call “human exceptionalism.” They insist that we didn’t evolve from other animals, so their latest claim is that evolution is an insult to humanity. By opposing evolution, they’re fighting for all of us against those evil Darwinists.
They quote a bit more from a news story, and then, at the end of their brief post they declare:
These animal rights activists need to pay a stiff price for filing these radical claims. The courts have the power to sanction frivolous lawsuits through financial sanctions. The time has come to impose those penalties now. Otherwise, they will just keep suing, hoping to find that one judge who wants to make history.
Lordy, lordy. How many court cases have we blogged about in which the Discoveroids were defending a creationist? Too many to recall at the moment, but there’s been an ark-load of them, and their side always loses. But they never urge the court to impose sanctions against creationists.
There’s no litigation of that nature going on at the moment. Well there’s the Mark Armitage case, but the Discoveroids haven’t said a word about it because he’s a young-Earth Creationist. But the next time some creationist goes to court, and the Discoveroids start screaming about how he lost his job because of “viewpoint discrimination” or some other slogan, we’ll remember what they just said about the chimps.
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