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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