Once again, dear reader, you are about to travel into another reality, a reality not knowable by evidence and reason because it isn’t bound by the laws of nature, but by the wonders of Oogity Boogity! It’s a journey into the realm of miracles and mysticism, where all you need is faith. Oh look — there’s a signpost up ahead. It says: “Welcome to Seattle, Home of the Discovery Institute.” Your next stop — The Drool Zone!
The Discoveroids’ creationist blog features this new post: We Share Many Genes with Lettuce, but that Doesn’t Make Us Part Salad. It’s written by Wesley J. Smith. We don’t hear much from him, but he’s a Discoveroid “Senior Fellow” and a lawyer. His specialty is “Human Exceptionalism,” Discoveroid code for “In His Image.” The bold font was added by us:
It is fashionable these days to denigrate human beings as mere apes. But is that notion supported by science? No.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We love this guy! Then he says:
Over at First Things, I point out some of the errors, get into some of the scientific retorts to the we-are-apes argument made by evolutionary scientists, and illuminate the actual agenda of those seeking to convince us to think of ourselves as mere chimps or gorillas.
Wow — Wesley got into a food fight at some blog. Isn’t this great? Let’s read on:
For example, we are often told there is only a 2 percent genetic difference between us and chimps.
Then he quotes what he said at that blog:
“But,” would-be apes might protest, “What about the mere 2 percent difference? Doesn’t that mean that we are 98 percent ape or, at least, that apes are 98 percent human?” Absolutely not. We share many genes with lettuce, but that doesn’t make us part salad.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Genetics means nothing in The Drool Zone! Wesley then asks:
So, what’s the “We are apes” meme really about?
He answers by quoting himself again:
Those calling us “apes” are making a moral claim. For varying motives — to subvert religious faith, support “rights” for animals, convince us to tread more lightly on the earth, reject the intrinsic dignity of human life — those asserting our putative apehood want us to define ourselves as merely another animal in the forest.
To that we say: Ooook ooook! Wesley concludes his wondrous post with this:
Time will tell whether society chooses to accept this radical equation. We just shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that the idea is compelled by “the science.” It’s about ideology.
Do you agree with that, dear reader? If so, then you belong in The Drool Zone!
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