We’ve seen rants by ol’ Hambo about what he refers to as “secular” museums that have exhibits based on evolution. For example, Smithsonian Exhibition — Deception and Atheism. But we can’t recall a similar rant from the Discovery Institute.
Well, the Discoveroids have done some complaining — see Science Museum Promotes Science — Scandal!, and also Casey Visits the California Science Center. So maybe they aren’t that different from ol’ Hambo after all.
Anyway, there’s a rant about the Smithsonian’s evolution exhibit posted at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog: Two Museums, Two Revealingly Different Ways of Communicating about Evolution. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us.
First, he references an article he read about visits to two museums — the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York. He accepts what he read as fact and says:
What’s interesting is that the Smithsonian makes a big, heavy-handed, tub-thumping push for Darwinian evolution, directed especially at children, while New York’s more old-fashioned AMNH does not, or at least not to nearly the same extent, opting instead for a more tentative, sober, and honest approach.
What’s so objectionable about the Smithsonian exhibit? We’ll skip a big quote from the article Klinghoffer read. Then he tells us:
Leaving aside the the museum’s cheating conflation of micro- with macroevolution [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] and the cloying references to “Iggy the Iguana” and “Great-grandma Morgie,” I wonder, don’t the curators at the Smithsonian realize how transparent and off-putting their chirpy triumphalism is? That’s the way with triumphalism on any subject. I can’t imagine it convincing anyone. It’s poor salesmanship, surely, if selling an idea like evolution is understood to be the point of the exercise.
We hope the Smithsonian can survive this criticism. Let’s read on:
And the irony — do they miss that as well? On one hand, the Smithsonian bashes you over the head with the Darwinian insistence that a human being is nothing more than an unexceptional member of the extended animal family. On the other hand, this lowly animal has got everything absolutely all figured out about biological origins — to the extent, furthermore, that any humans not on board with the approved origins story are mocked, silenced, and expelled.
Ah, now we understand. Klinghoffer feels that he, personalty, is being mocked, silenced, and expelled. Perhaps that’s an accurate perception. He continues:
That corollary is not stated in the museum exhibits, but the Smithsonian is the same national institution that drummed out evolutionary biologist Richard Sternberg for admitting that doubts about Darwinian theory could have some merit.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Discoveroids are still bitter about the Sternberg peer review controversy
Well, that’s pretty much all Klinghoffer has to say. And now you’ve been warned — if he ever invites you to visit a museum with him, you’ll know how to respond. We conclude that his attitude is strikingly similar to that of ol’ Hambo — and we’re not surprised.
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