We’ve written before about the video produced by John West (whom we affectionately call “Westie”) — see Darwin Caused World War One, Part 3. Westie is not only a Discoveroid Senior Fellow, he’s also Associate Director of their creationist think tank, the Center for Science & Culture.
The Discoveroids have just posted some spectacular news about Westie’s video. It’s titled Congratulates to John West as Biology of the Second Reich, “Best Documentary Short,” Scores Big Recognition!, written by David Klinghoffer, their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Wow! Congratulations to our colleagues John West, Jens Jorgensen, and Richard Weikart for their work on the documentary short The Biology of the Second Reich — which has just been recognized as winner in the 2015 “Best Documentary Short” category by the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood!
Fascinating! But of course you’re wondering: Who is the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood, and what are their qualifications for judging Westie’s video? Are they historians? Biologists? Experts of some other kind? So we took a look at their website. It says:
Welcome to the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood. The LACFH is here to provide independent filmmakers with the opportunity to have their work recognized, judged and awarded. We’re a traditional festival looking to showcase entertaining domestic and international materials from talented independent filmmakers.
They give awards in these categories: Narrative Shorts, Narrative Features, Animation, Documentary Shorts, Documentary Features, Student Films, Experimental Films, Music Videos and Scripts. Although we hunted around, we couldn’t find anything about who makes the decisions about winners and on what basis they’re made. We can only assume … well, we can’t assume anything. Let’s get back to what Klinghoffer wrote:
How did an entry from the folks at Discovery Institute come to win? Because the independent filmmaking community in Hollywood has a soft spot for critiques of and alternatives to neo-Darwinian theory? No, probably not. It’s just a superbly directed, written, and documented film that tells a story that’s startling and that was virtually unknown until this very effective film came along.
Okay. This is from his final paragraph:
Suitable mainstream recognition of any part of our argument about Darwinism is, of course, enough to give hardcore Darwinists fits. Chill out, guys — or as my kids like to say, “Chillax!”
Klinghoffer says this is “mainstream recognition” of their argument about Darwinism. If that’s what happened, it’s impressive. But did that happen? We’ll let you decide, dear reader. Whatever it was, it’ll make a good impression on their generous patrons. Our guess is that funding for the Discoveroids is assured for the coming year, and in the world of creationism, that’s success!
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