In preparation for whatever it is they intend to do during the next week in anticipation of Kitzmas, the day when the rational world celebrates Judge John E. Jones’s 2005 ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, the Discovery Institute seems to have a strategy of destroying all the irony meters in the world.
We should have suspected what they were up to when we recently wrote Discoveroids Oppose Frivolous Lawsuits, but now their purpose is unmistakable. Therefore, we once again advise you to unplug your irony meters, otherwise they’re sure to explode over this one. The Discoveroids have just posted Hypocrisy of Atheists Activist Groups Draws Attention, as It Should.
Hypocrisy? When the Discoveroids accuse anyone of hypocrisy, we should keep in mind that while they pretend to be champions of academic freedom, and they scream to the heavens when a creationist is disciplined for promoting his religious views in a state school’s science class, they never object when someone is stopped from teaching evolution at a creationist school — see The Reality of Creationist “Academic Freedom”.
Let’s examine this Discoveroid accusation of hypocrisy. It’s written by David Klinghoffer, their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Strangely, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has failed to respond to the sporting offer from Discovery Institute’s Dr. John West, tendered in these pages, of a $10 Starbucks gift card OR a free DVD of Privileged Species if only FFRF corrected its own hypocrisy.
We don’t see anything strange in ignoring the Discoveroids. What was it that prompted Westie’s “sporting offer”? Klinghoffer tells us:
Along with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, the group has been calling for a professor at Georgia Southern University, Tom McMullen, to be censored for allegedly promoting theism to his students — even as FFRF issues no protest when a professor like evolutionary biologist David Barash boasts of using his own public university classroom to advocate atheism to his students.
Oh. It’s the Discoveroids’ usual one-sided demand to “teach the controversy,” which they deploy to insist that creationism (at least their version of it) should be presented in the science classes of state-run schools, while they never demand that science should be taught in bible colleges — and they never defend the academic freedom of those who do teach science in such places.
Klinghoffer then quotes extensively from an earlier Discoveroid article by John West. We’ll skip that, which brings us right to the end where he says.
In all seriousness, gift card or not, if the Freedom From Religion Foundation had any integrity, they would respond and do exactly what John West says they ought to do.
So there you are. The Discovery Institute is demanding that their opponents should exhibit some integrity. M’god — a creationist “think tank” is talking about integrity! There’s only one possible response: BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
Okay, dear reader, now you can plug your irony meter back in. You’ll need it as we approach 20 December, the glorious day of Kitzmas.
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