As we discussed in What’s Happening To The Discovery Institute?, the Discoveroids’ thin facade of rationality — which was never very persuasive — has been shattered beyond repair, and now lies in fragments on the floor of their dingy Seattle headquarters.
They’ve had tantrums before — lots of them — for example: Discovery Institute — Ignored Again!, and they’ve never stopped ranting about Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, but nothing compares to this. The event that triggered their behavioral breakdown — evidenced by thirteen screaming posts in four days — was a trivial matter. A religious denomination was having a private conference, and they refused to let the Discoveroids have an exhibition table at the event. Boo hoo!
For some reason — which seems incomprehensible to the rational mind — the Discoveroids are treating this as if it were a death blow. Now they have yet another post on the same topic at their creationist blog: United Methodist General Conference Secretary Responds on Intelligent Design Ban. Wowie — they got a response! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Rev. Jay Voorhees, Executive Editor of the United Methodist Reporter, has published a short report on his church’s ban on intelligent design. As readers will know, the UMC barred Discovery Institute from having an information table at the upcoming General Conference in Portland, Oregon.
The Discoveroid post has no byline, and we haven’t checked out their link to the “short report” from the Methodists. It’s always hazardous to assume that creationists are quoting something accurately, but we’ll present the Discoveroids’ reaction — for what it’s worth. They say:
They [the Methodists] have offered a variety of rationales for the action, none that makes much sense, and in the article Rev. Voorhees quotes the secretary of the General Conference, who circles back to this:
[Alleged quote by the Discoveroids:] “The concern,” said Fitzgerald Reist, secretary of the General Conference, “is that the Discovery Institute’s stated mission is at odds with Resolution 5052 in The 2012 United Methodist Book of Resolutions.” This resolution states that “…the General Conference of The United Methodist Church go on record as opposing the introduction of any faith-based theories such as Creationism or Intelligent Design into the science curriculum of our public schools.”
“We are bound to follow the social teachings of our church,” said Reist.
Okay, the Methodists are following their rules. What’s wrong with that? The Discoveroids never object when some bible college boots out a faculty member who wants to teach evolution. They praise such schools for following their rules — see The Reality of Creationist “Academic Freedom”. Klinghoffer specifically defended a Bryan College witch hunt against science faculty who teach theistic evolution or old-Earth creationism — see No “Academic Freedom” at Bryan College. But for some reason, this Methodist action is different. Let’s read on:
Just following the rules, he says? We told UMC officials back in December, when the issue first came up, that we are on board with them about not pushing ID into public schools. We have consistently opposed such a move, and did so, very explicitly, in the context of [the] Dover case.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Discoveroids don’t try to push intelligent design in public schools? Then what’s the purpose of their campaign promoting their peculiar Academic Freedom bills? The Discoveroids’ rant continues:
When we informed UMC staff of this, it seemed to go in one ear and out the other. In addition, ID is a science — not a faith-based idea.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s more:
What’s more, if the UMC hierarchy is so concerned about following the “social teachings of our church,” then why do they embrace Home Depot and Staples?
Huh? What’s wrong with them? The Discoveroids claim:
[T]hose two businesses endorse a view marriage that, whatever its merits considered independently, runs straight up against the church’s clear doctrinal standards, a weightier thing than a mere resolution. The appearance of a double standard or opportunistic vetting is unavoidable.
A powerful point indeed — but only to a wildly theocratic denomination, not the Methodists. This is how the Discoveroids’ post ends:
Wouldn’t it be fascinating to receive a comment from Fitzgerald Reist on these points?
We get the strong impression that the Methodists aren’t going to cave in to the Discoveroids’ “pressure.” Good for them! So let the Discoveroids’ tantrum continue!
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