From time to time we mention that the National Center for Science Education has a list of Statements from Religious Organizations that support evolution. It includes Methodists.
Somehow, the Discovery Institute has just discovered that fact, and it has infuriated John West,whom we affectionately call “Westie.” He is vice President of the Discovery Institute, and he runs their creationist activities.
There are two posts on this subject at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog today, which we’ll ignore, and they’ve also issued a press release: United Methodist Church Under Fire for Banning Intelligent Design Group, says Discovery Institute . Here are some excerpts from their press release, with bold font added by us:
The slogan of the United Methodist Church (UMC) is “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.” But, according to Discovery Institute, UMC officials are now under fire for being closed-minded and intolerant after they banned the intelligent design organization, from sponsoring an information table at the denomination’s upcoming General Conference in May. Intelligent design is the idea that life and the universe show evidence of being the result of purposeful design rather than unguided processes.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Methodists wouldn’t even let the Discoveroids have an information table at their conference. Westie is shocked — shocked! The press release quotes Westie:
“Preventing United Methodist leaders from even hearing about intelligent design isn’t open-minded, it’s intolerant and exclusionary,” said Dr. John West, Vice President of Discovery Institute. “Maybe United Methodist officials should change their slogan to ‘Closed Hearts, Closed Minds, Closed Doors’? As a private organization, the UMC has the right to exclude us as an exhibitor. But UMC officials’ embrace of censorship undermines their own professed commitment to open doors and open minds.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It’s censorship! This is an outrage! But the Discoveroids ought to be used to this sort of thing. It’s happened before — see Discovery Institute: Spurned by the Vatican. Let’s read on:
“As a United Methodist, I’m disheartened and appalled,” said Michael Flannery, a university professor who is also a Discovery Institute Fellow. “Methodist officials who are trying to stop discussion before it starts certainly don’t speak for me or for many other United Methodists in the pews.”
Michael Flannery? He’s some kind of librarian at the University of Alabama, and he’s also an adjunct instructor of history and sociology. The last time we wrote about one of his contributions to the Discoveroids’ blog was Anaxagoras Joins the Discovery Institute. The press release continues:
Discovery Institute is calling on those who think the United Methodist Church should live up to its slogan of encouraging open minds and open doors to contact Judi Kenaston, the chair of the UMC’s Commission on the General Conference, the group that made the decision banning Discovery Institute. “Urge Ms. Kenaston and the Commission to live up to their church’s slogan and be truly open-minded,” said West.
The Methodists must be trembling. The full force of the Discoveroid public relations apparatus is being mobilized against them. How long can they hold out against that kind of pressure? We shall see.
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