There’s genuinely shocking news at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog. The title of their latest post speaks for itself: Welcoming Ann Gauger — and Farewell to Casey Luskin. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “Senior Fellow.” He says, with our bold font:
Would you like the bad news first, or the good? The last day of the calendar year is a time of transition, and not least for the staff of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. As Casey Luskin announced earlier [we’ll get to that in a moment], he is embarking on a new adventure, one that is exciting for him — but a major loss for us. At the same time, however, we have a major gain to celebrate: Biologist Ann Gauger of Biologic Institute has joined us as Director of Science Communication.
Gasp! Casey is out, and “Annie Green Screen” is in. Casey’s earlier announcement is the Discoveroid post immediately preceding Klinghoffer’s. It appeared exactly 31 minutes earlier, and it’s this: Big Announcement, and Reflections on a Great Decade. We’ll get back to it, but let’s see what else Klinghoffer says:
Casey is an incredibly knowledgeable writer and thinker on all matters pertaining to design in nature, what he knows being matched by how devotedly he works and how generously he shares his expertise. At the same gathering, John West said that by comparison Casey makes the rest of us look like slackers. Again, true. It will indeed be a challenge to compensate for his not being here.
We all depend on him. And we all love him. You’d have to know Casey to know what I mean, but he is just a very endearing personality, and it’s been a privilege to work with him — and to call him a friend.
Ah, Casey we hardly knew ye. Then Klinghoffer switches subjects:
We take consolation, though, in being joined by Ann Gauger, a scientist with soul.
That’s quite a compliment! He gushes about Annie for a few paragraphs, and closes by telling us:
… what Casey Luskin and Ann Gauger, quite different people, nevertheless have in common. It’s something rare now in science, as in our culture: an openness to mystery, the sublime, the hidden, and a glowing passion to share that with others. Farewell, Casey! Welcome, Ann!
That’s what it takes to be a good creationist. Turning now to Casey’s earlier post, he said:
It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that I write this to announce that, as the year 2015 closes, I am leaving Discovery Institute. I am doing so in order to fulfill a lifelong goal of furthering my studies.
He then spends several paragraphs describing his exciting career as a Discoveroid — which we’ve observed from afar — and near the end he says:
In case you’re curious about the specifics of my future plans — all in good time. Suffice to say, I am leaving Discovery Institute on the best of terms, and have my colleagues’ full moral support for my next phase of life. I wish my friends at DI much success in the coming years, and I leave hugely enriched by my time working here.
So there you are, dear reader. It won’t be the same without Casey at the bat, but the Discoveroids will remain in business, and so will your Curmudgeon.
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