The Discovery Institute doesn’t like Neil deGrasse Tyson. They posted a number of rants about him when the television series Cosmos: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY was being shown. This example is typical: Klinghoffer Is Still Ranting about “Cosmos”.
Now they’re doing it again. This just appeared at their creationist blog: Atheists Deserve a Better Spokesman than Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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. The graphic above this post is in his honor. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Just watch him on the Comedy Central program The Night Show [link in Klinghoffer’s post]. Yes, it’s on Comedy Central, but that doesn’t stop host Larry Wilmore from posing, in earnest, the old question of science versus religion. That’s the theme of the panel discussion with Dr. Tyson, comedian Tom Papa, and a soft-spoken Christian hipster pastor, Carl Lentz. … Tyson is the conversation’s designated atheist (though we know he prefers to be called an “agnostic”). See the segment here:
There’s a video of Tyson’s remarks in Klinghoffer’s post. The Discoveroids hate it when a real scientist gets any publicity — especially one who know how to handle the alleged controversy between science and creationism (including intelligent design). So they assigned the task of criticizing the show to Klinghoffer. He says:
Tyson’s logic is that, as he claims, “intelligent design” assumes a benevolent designer, and the track record of violence and suffering in the universe negates a benevolent deity. Tyson goes on to mock people who, according to crude atheist satire, think The Flintstones is a “documentary” and who picture Jesus as riding on a dinosaur.
Tyson is a funny guy! Let’s read on:
Tyson is asked about intelligent design, and can offer nothing more substantive than this:
[Klinghoffer quotes Tyson:] I look out to the universe and yes, it is filled with mysteries, but it’s also filled with all manner of things that would just as soon have you dead. Like asteroid strikes, and hurricanes, and tornadoes, and tsunamis, and volcanoes, and disease, and pestilence. There are things that exist in the natural world that do not have your health or longevity as a priority. And so I cannot look at the universe and say that yes, there’s a God, and this God cares about my life — at all. The evidence does not support this.
Not bad at all! But Klinghoffer is indignant, and he says:
This problem has been known as long as men and women have pondered ultimate questions, and the book of Job showed thousands of years ago that easy resolutions of it fail.
Wow — the Discoveroids’ litigation strategy forbids references to scripture. Oh, wait — Klinghoffer quickly recovers from that lapse:
But that’s all irrelevant to the theory of intelligent design, which considers — in scientific, not moral or spiritual, terms — the objective evidence of purpose at work in the origins of the cosmos and in the origins and evolution of life. ID doesn’t try to resolve the enigma of innocent suffering, and it isn’t committed to identifying the source of design in nature with the God of the Bible. Those are all issues that ID scientists leave in the hands of philosophers and theologians.
That’s perfectly clear. He continues:
Tyson might have chosen to address the science of intelligent design, its distinctive arguments and the evidence it brings to bear. … Instead, Tyson misdirects the conversation to an irrelevancy.
Ah yes, the so-called science of intelligent design. We’ve already addressed that — see The “Science” of Intelligent Design, and also Casey Summarizes Discoveroid “Science”. Here’s more from Klinghoffer:
The temptation is to dismiss Tyson as a buffoon. But first of all, he’s too influential to dismiss. And second, he’s no buffoon. Listening to him, you can’t deny that this is a smooth and cunning man. … Among TV viewers, there are a lot of people — a great majority — too distracted to investigate the evidence of ID for themselves. It’s precisely those unwary science consumers to whom Tyson addresses his snarky platitudes.
Klinghoffer rants a bit more, and then finishes with this:
Thoughtful people deserve to have their ideas, whether right or wrong, defended by someone thoughtful. Yes, atheists deserve better than Dr. Tyson.
All we can add is that intelligent design fans don’t deserve better than Klinghoffer. He’s the best they’ll ever have.
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