A few days ago we wrote Klinghoffer: Evolutionists Hate Humanity, in which we described a weird new theme being promoted by the Discovery Institute — the idea that evolutionists hate humanity, because science-oriented people are motivated by hate.
Today we found evidence that this bizarre claim is becoming a new pillar of Discoveroid propaganda. It’s a press release titled New Poll Reveals Evolution’s Corrosive Impact on Beliefs about Human Uniqueness. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
SEATTLE, April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — From the earliest days of civilization, humans have considered themselves exceptional among living creatures. But a new survey by Discovery Institute of more than 3,400 American adults indicates that the theory of evolution is beginning to erode that belief in humanity’s unique status and dignity.
According to the survey, 43% of Americans now agree that “Evolution shows that no living thing is more important than any other,” and 45% of Americans believe that “Evolution shows that human beings are not fundamentally different from other animals.”
Wowie — the Discoveroids’ new propaganda theme is supported by a public opinion poll! That’s significant! Now they have solid evidence showing the evil of evolution. The press release continues:
“Since the rise of Darwin’s theory, leading scientists and other thinkers have insisted that human beings are just another animal, and that morality evolves based on survival of the fittest,” says historian Richard Weikart, author of the new book The Death of Humanity: And the Case for Life (Regnery, 2016).
Richard Weikart? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We described him in the earlier post mentioned above, but it’s worth repeating that description here. He’s 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.”
Here’s one more excerpt from the marvelous press release:
The data for this survey was collected from March 17-20, 2016 using SurveyMonkey Audience … .
SurveyMonkey? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Discoveroids have used them before. We wrote about it a couple of months ago in Discoveroids Poll on Teaching Intelligent Design, where we quoted from the SurveyMonkey website:
“We’ve got millions of real people in our survey panel ready to tell you what they think.”
Then we said:
In other words, although most people hang up when a polling outfit calls, SurveyMonkey has a population they’ve already selected that wants to be polled, and are eager to sound off on whatever is presented to them. Also, it seems that if you want to make a survey of this audience, you can write your own questions. … The only important consumers of this “information” are the generous patrons of the Discovery Institute, and we imagine that they’re thrilled with the results.
Oh — in case you’re looking for the actual survey data, which should include a description of the poll’s methodology and the questions that were asked, so that potential consumers of the information can judge the value of the poll, the press release doesn’t link to that information. That’s a strange omission, but it’s not surprising. The only link in the press release is to the Discoveroids’ website, which is acknowledged as the source of the information. Discoveroid poll, Discoveroid press release. Very neat.
So there you are. The Discoveroids have a new gimmick for generating “evidence” to support their nonsense: public opinion polls of — shall we say — dubious quality. Impressive, huh?
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