One of countless subjects we don’t discuss here is the possibility of United Kingdom withdrawal from the European Union — often shortened to “Brexit” for British exit. There’s a referendum on it scheduled for 23 June.
We know what you’re thinking: What does this have to do with the usual subject matter of the Curmudgeon’s blog? The short answer is “nothing,” at least that was true until now. But this just popped up at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog: Stephen Meyer Asks: There Will Always Be an England…Or Will There?
It was 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, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
It was as a PhD student at Cambridge University that Center for Science & Culture director Stephen Meyer incubated his Darwin skepticism and began to develop his arguments for intelligent design.
Ah yes, Stephen Meyer. Not only is he a Director, Vice President, and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, he was a central figure in the infamous Sternberg peer review controversy. Klinghoffer says:
So it comes as little surprise that Meyer has a special affection for Britain, and for the special relationship between the U.K. and the U.S.
That’s nice, but so what? Let’s read on:
With the vote just a week away on Brexit — the proposal that Britain leave the European Union — Meyer weighs in with judicious articles at National Review Online and The Stream, outlining what’s at stake:
We’ll let you visit the Discoveroids’ blog for links to those “judicious articles.” Here’s one quote from Meyer that Klinghoffer gives us:
America’s closest ally, Great Britain, stands on the brink of a profound decision, one that could determine whether it remains the free, prosperous democracy that has worked closely with the United States since World War II, or goes on morphing into something much smaller and sadder — a bullied province of that unaccountable oligarchy called the European Union.
You’re still wondering: Why do we care about what Meyer thinks about Brexit? It’s in Klinghoffer’s final paragraph:
The evolution debate isn’t an issue here, of course. But there are certain overlapping themes — notably skepticism, freedom, and independence versus lockstep homogenization and always having to look over your shoulder in concern about what a distant, bullying authority might say. Don’t you think?
So there you are. The Darwinist conspiracy is a bullying authority, just like the European Union. And Klinghoffer wants out! Or maybe it’s just that the Discoveroids don’t have anything else to talk about. No surprise there — they never did.
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