Before we descend into the depths to discuss the latest from the Discovery Institute, we wish all of our American readers a happy Fourth of July.
Now then, try not to let it spoil your holiday, but as they traditionally do on this day, the Discoveroids have once again hijacked poor ol’ Thomas Jefferson. For an earlier example, see Thomas Jefferson Joins The Discovery Institute!, and for another Discoveroid post with the same distortions and quote-mining they’re using today, see Discoveroids Again Hijack the Fourth of July
At the Discoveroids’ creationist blog we find this year’s episode of intellectual body-snatching: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident. It was written by 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. Here are a few excerpts from Meyer’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
On Independence Day, it’s appropriate to review the sources of our rights as citizens. There is one source that is more basic than any other, yet that receives less than the attention it deserves. I refer to the idea that there is an intelligent creator who can be known by reason from nature, a key tenet underlying the Declaration of Independence — as well as, curiously, the modern theory of intelligent design.
This is ghastly stuff, but it’s our Curmudgeonly mission to show you what the Enemies of the Enlightenment are doing. Then Meyer declares:
The birth of our republic was announced in the Declaration through the pen of Thomas Jefferson. He and the other Founders based their vision on a belief in an intrinsic human dignity, bestowed by virtue of our having been made according to the design and in the image of a purposeful creator. As Jefferson wrote in the Declaration, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”
We’ve seen the Discoveroids and other creationists, quote-mine the Declaration before. We discussed it in Discoveroids Again Hijack the Fourth of July. This time, Meyer, like the rest of them, conveniently leaves out the Declaration’s first sentence. You know, the one that says the American people were assuming “the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” entitle them. But who or what is “Nature’s God” who functions according to the “Laws of Nature”? Does it sound like Yahweh? No, it doesn’t, and that’s why creationist quote-miners always skip Jefferson’s first sentence. Let’s read on:
Jefferson himself thought that there was scientific evidence for design in nature. In 1823, he insisted so in a letter to John Adams …
We discussed that same letter in the post we just mentioned. Meyer continues:
Taken to heart, Darwin’s view of man does undermine the vision of the Founders. … Fortunately, discoveries in modern biology have challenged this perspective and vindicated Jefferson’s thinking.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! How does modern biology challenge Darwin’s perspective and vindicate Jefferson’s non-existent Discoveroid opinions? Here’s how, according to Meyer:
Since 1953, when Watson and Crick elucidated the structure of the DNA molecule, biologists have increasingly come to recognize the importance of information to living cells.
Software programs come from programmers. Information — whether inscribed in hieroglyphics, written in a book, or encoded in radio signals — always comes from a designing intelligence. So the discovery of digital code in DNA points decisively back to an intelligent cause as the ultimate source of the information in living cells.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh — information! [*End Drool Mode*] See Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information. And now we come to the inspirational end of Meyer’s post:
The growing evidence of design in life has stunning and gratifying implications for our understanding of America’s political history — and for our country’s future. On the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the evidence for “Nature’s God,” and thus for the reality of our rights, is stronger than ever.
We hope that didn’t ruin your holiday, dear reader. But it’s important to remain aware of the ceaseless efforts of those who want to undermine our civilization and return us to the ignorant, theocratic days of the Dark Ages.
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