Klinghoffer: Evolutionists Hate Humanity

Something weird is going on at the Discovery Institute — well, more weird than usual. It’s spread out over two recent posts at their creationist blog, both written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger.

We’ll give you a few excerpts from each, with bold font added by us for emphasis. The first, written two days ago, is Listen: Evolutionary Misanthropy, which promotes another recorded lecture by Klinghoffer’s boss, John West. The opening paragraph tells us what it’s all about:

It’s true that Darwinian thinking undermines the traditional (and common sense) idea that human beings have an exceptional status in the world. But saying as much almost doesn’t go far enough. With some influential evolutionists there’s a barely hidden loathing of people.

Got that? It wasn’t very subtle. We evolutionists hate humanity. Here is a bit more:

John West describes the Darwinian roots of this kind of — what shall we call it? detestation? — of the idea that humans may be special. … It’s an evolutionary misanthropy — not the witty Florence King style of misanthropy [whoever she is], but an inhuman, often seething sort that can’t wait to pull people down from their pedestal.

Great, huh? That same bizarre concept runs through the next one, also from Klinghoffer: Coming on Monday, Richard Weikart’s The Death of Humanity: And the Case for Life.

It’s a promotion for a new book by Richard Weikart, who is not only a Discoveroid “fellow” (i.e., full-blown creationist), he’s also the author of a book titled From Darwin to Hitler, which influenced James Kennedy, the now-deceased televangelist who made the influential “documentary” Darwin’s Deadly Legacy. We consider Weikart to be the intellectual godfather of the Discoveroids’ frequently-repeated malicious mantra: “No Darwin, no Hitler.” Klinghoffer says this about Weikart’s book:

Far from the first time, I remind you that what’s at stake in the evolution debate is precisely the reigning image of a human being and the meaning of human life — whether sacred or dispensable. … Only with scientific materialism does dismissing the value of life acquire a seemingly logical, objective rationale.

It’s rather obvious that a theme is emerging. Creationists love humanity, and science-oriented people are motivated by hate. We could, of course, run through a number of biblical tales about how we’re all cursed because of Adam & Eve, and about how Yahweh casually destroyed almost everyone on Earth, including children and unborn babies. But Klinghoffer would respond that the Discoveroids aren’t creationists. No, of course not. They’re scientists — who also, by coincidence, agree with creationists and hate everything we’ve learned since the bible was written.

Is anyone likely to be influenced by stuff like that? We doubt it, but it probably pleases the Discoveroids’ generous patrons, so the whole campaign may be nothing more than an attempt to keep the money flowing. That’s the only way we can make any sense out of this.

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18 responses to “Klinghoffer: Evolutionists Hate Humanity

  1. Let’s give some credit to Klinkleclapper. Without the two pillars Dumbsky and The Gerbil he has done what nobody of us foresaw: a new IDiot angle to the Controversy. Progress. baby, progress!

  2. “we’re all cursed because of Adam & Eve, and about how Yahweh casually destroyed almost everyone on Earth, including children and unborn babies. ”

    Not to mention all the animals. Creationists not only believe that, they LOVE God for doing it! Global genocide? If it’s ok with the God of the Hebrews, it’s ok with me!

    While we’re on the subject of the Flood, why didn’t God just snap his fingers and make all the bad guys die? It would have been far more, if you will excuse the expression, humane.

  3. Dave Luckett

    There were nothing but bad guys, Ted. ALL humans were evil, wicked, full of sin and violence, all bar Noah and his sons, who by some amazing coincidence happened to be married to the only virtuous women on the planet. God, seizing this convenient happenstance, did away with everyone else.

    It is truly astonishing how lucky the Noahs, father and sons, were. Their wives came from depraved families, but were pure, the only ones in the entire world. Their sisters, mothers, aunties, siblings – all suffered a righteous drowning on account of they were evil. But these four defied their upbringing, their heredity, and the society around them. The only upright women in the world just happened to wed the only good men.

    What would have happened had they not? Obviously, it would have made restarting the human race even more difficult.

    The other way up, one is reminded of the tragedy of Agrahlith and Sreshun, who were made for each other – the absolutely perfect couple. Except that they lived on different continents four centuries apart.

  4. This tends to confirm my guess that the most important thing about evolution, to the creationists, is that people are related to monkeys. As if there is something awful about being related to the rest of God’s creatures.

  5. As any fule noes God made the Flud in order to re-arrange the geology such that anybody with any branes who studied it could work out that the Flud never happened thus proving His Book wrong so that many of those who read it would believe none of it thereby sending themselves straight to hell together with all the Muslims who believe the Flud happened.

  6. Florence King was a writer and wrote a column for National Review under the title “Misanthrope’s Corner.” She was an interesting and complex character and wrote well and amusingly. Although she just recently passed away, perhaps too many years have passed since her column was appearing that Klinghoffer could expect much of his audience to know who he was referring to.

  7. Mike Elzinga

    I suspect that what we are seeing from Klinkhoffer and his DI cronies is pure projection and tribalism.

    All of these characters at the Discovery Institute have, at one time or another, expressed similar distain for secular society and the scientific community. ID/creationist leaders are jealous and resentful of the fact that they aren’t the revered and feared movers and shakers of all of society. They have no insight into their own incompetence but instead believe they each know more than all scientists combined.

    At least, for the moment, their massive egos are stultified by their grotesque incompetence and they don’t get it. But beware of their political activities; stupid politicians can wreck within days what civilization has taken centuries to achieve.

  8. Mike Elzinga

    The above anonymous comment is by me, Mike Elzinga. Don’t know why I became anonymous.

    [*Voice from above*] Your identity has been restored.

  9. Ted asks, “why didn’t God just snap his fingers and make all the bad guys die?”
    The traditional Jewish answer is that God wanted to give humanity a chance to repent. Yes, God could’ve snapped His fingers and wrought total destruction, but instead He chose to waste a lot of time by having Noah build an ark capacious enough to shelter and feed countless animals, including the very large ones. God hoped that people would see Noah, of necessity working for years outdoors (couldn’t build such an ark in his basement workshop, after all), and say, “Hey, Noah, what the heck are you doing?” And Noah would thus have the occasion to inform people of God’s impending wrath and that the people had better start repenting of their ways.
    The moral lesson drawn by the ancient rabbis is that even in the course of all those years nobody repented of their evil. Thus, God gave ample warning and was justified in His punishment of errant humanity.
    I’m not taking sides here. Just answering Ted’s question.

  10. michaelfugate

    If God created Adam from the dust, why couldn’t God have just created Adam 2.0 – improved with less sin and depravity?

  11. Ha ha! What about Christian “original sin” concept, that people are born bad?

  12. Derek Freyberg

    Does it not occur to Klingy that secularists (which I’m sure he lumps in with the evilutionists) actually value humanity, seeing in it – as opposed to one or more sky-fairies – the opportunity for improvement?
    Rhetorical question, I know.

  13. Only with scientific materialism does dismissing the value of life acquire a seemingly logical, objective rationale.

    Actually, science does not concern itself with moral concepts such as the “value” of life. That is the realm of religion. What science does show, however, is that all humans are descended from a common ancestor, and that we are still very much alike despite cosmetic differences. Based on that, most rational people would conclude that all human lives have equal value.

    On the other hand, people who are driven by creationist beliefs, such as ID, tend to assign value to humans based on whether they believe in the same god, another god, or no god at all. Kling is one of God’s “chosen people” who are clearly of higher status than anyone else in the world. It is in the nature of religion to value members of the tribe much higher than others. Ultimately, those who are not of the tribe or closely related tribes have no value at all.

  14. Humanity is great

    right let compare shall we

    theism- your nothing but a toy a tool or a slave created by some magic space ghost who slapped his image too and who’s only purpose is to mindlessly praise it forever for creating you despite that not being all that impressive from a being who’s omniscient and the moment you question this pointless existence of needless servitude and think perhaps you would be happier doing something you want to do our “loving”deity freaks out and murders thousands of people ( of course theists will say he felt bad about it so all is forgiven despite the fact he won’t forgive) and of course any accomplishment of man is not because of man but because some cosmic magician plans or they exist to please said dictator and stroke his ego and will be render wholly pointless when jeebuss comes back to be our old/new slave master

    my thoughts – humanity including you are the glorious result of the cosmic processes that shift everything from the tiniest atom to the might of stars that granted us the power of thought and feeling and humanity and that great species despite having to overcome incredible odds now walks the planet a colossus due to a unity and adaptability and creativity we are not great because of our origins we are great because of what we have done since our origins and all our accomplishments our solely our own and even if they will not last eternally they’ll last as long as those who may appreciate them even as the final starr fades

  15. A) Is there a difference between life and an individual human being? Is there a difference in their value? For example, the mold in your refrigerator, do you value its life in the same way that you value your own life?
    B) Is a human being’s distinction from an chimp a matter of material? Are you so valuable because you have some special material organ that chimps don’t have? If a baby is born with a birth defect, not having that organ, then is that baby not anything more than just an animal?

  16. michaelfugate, you suggest God should come up with “Adam 2.0 – improved with less sin and depravity.”

    That would disappoint fundamentalists like a co-worker of mine at the stave mill back home in the Ozarks. I detected a Calvinist tinge to many of the theological opinions he expressed–predestination, the general worthlessness of human beings, that sort of thing.

    So I asked him, “Lemuel, do you believe in the doctrine of total depravity?”

    He looked down at his shoes for a while, and it seemed like the question had stumped him. Finally he looked up and said, “Yes, Arkie, I do, if it’s lived up to.”

  17. michaelfugate

    So nothing validates the Bible better than a depraved human population, eh RP?

  18. Christine Janis

    @ Samphire. Are the Andes?