The Discovery Institute isn’t content to merely promote their pseudo-scientific theory of intelligent design. Now they’re ranting about an imaginary assault on courageous thinkers — like themselves — who dare to challenge science.
Look what was just posted by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. It’s titled Prosecute Darwin Skeptics Under RICO Act?
What? Are the Discoveroids worried that they’ll be prosecuted for violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act? We didn’t think that even their imaginations were that far removed from reality. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
As you may have heard, some prominent scientists have called for the criminal investigation, no less, of scientists and other advocates who cast doubt on the global warming “consensus.”
No, we haven’t heard of that. We don’t follow that controversy. Klinghoffer purports to quote from some website, which allegedly says:
The science on global warming is settled, so settled that 20 climate scientists are asking President Barack Obama to prosecute people who disagree with them on the science behind man-made global warming. Scientists from several universities and research centers even asked Obama to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to prosecute groups that “have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change.”
Maybe. We don’t know. But what does that have to do with creationism? Let’s read on:
The list of a signers [of the prosecution request] includes two of our Seattle neighbors over at the University of Washington, Edward Sarachik and Michael Wallace, both in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. It would interesting to ask them candidly what they think when they cast their eyes across town at us.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Klinghoffer probably knows what the scientific world thinks of the Discoveroids. He continues:
The logic of RICO applied to science outliers is sinister and absurd. That should be obvious, but, frighteningly, it isn’t to some smart, influential people. Beyond the immediate context of the climate controversy and putting climate skeptics in the same basket as the Mafia — it’s hard to see what would prevent extending that logic to include intelligent design advocates and other skeptics of Darwinian theory.
It would be absurd — which is why it isn’t going to happen. There are lots of debates about government figures regarding unemployment, illegal aliens, and other issues. Disputing stuff that comes out of the government is a time-honored and legally protected activity. Well, there may be some who fraudulently misuse government grants and put out falsified data or something. That might be a problem, but Klinghoffer isn’t talking about that. He seems to be concerned only with dissent.
Klinghoffer then explains why he’s worried:
Why would that [prosecution] not be justified, given a couple of relevant (and grossly mistaken) premises? After all, many ID critics would agree with the statement that we “have knowingly deceived the American people about the extent of a non-existent evolution ‘controversy,’ as a means to forestall the advance of science and science education.” A clear falsehood, but that’s what some hardcore Darwin believers think, against all the evidence.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, a “clear falsehood.” But probably far more than 90% of scientists believe it. So Klinghoffer is frightened. Here’s more:
The same folks refuse to confront our documentation showing that Darwinian theory is indeed contested on key points by mainstream scientists.
Who are those “mainstream scientists” — the Discoveroids? Moving along:
Once you embrace the idea of silencing debate, where does it end? What begins as scientific disagreement shades over into social, then employment, then legal pressure, culminating in the threat of imprisonment.
There are historical examples of the consequences that were faced by secular thinkers when religious doctrine was official policy. The examples range from being poisoned, like Socrates, to being burned at the stake like Giordano Bruno, or, like Galileo, to “merely” being threatened with torture, forced to recant his teaching about the solar system, and then being kept under house arrest for the remainder of his life. Then there was John Scopes, who was prosecuted and fined for teaching evolution. But we don’t know of a single case where a creationist has ever been even threatened with any of those punishments.
The only “penalty” facing a creationist could be failure to get the job he wants, or failure to have his contract renewed, or — if he has tenure like Michael Behe — being laughed at by his colleagues. It seems to us that the Discoveroids are perfectly safe.
But Klinghoffer insists that he’s worried. He ends his post with this:
I hesitate to even articulate this, for fear of putting an idea in someone’s mind. On the other hand, Darwinists don’t need me to help them cook up schemes for striking out against dissenters.
Don’t worry, Klinghoffer. You guys provide too much entertainment for anyone to want to stop you. As long as you can find generous patrons for your “think tank,” we’d like you to continue.
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