The lack of evidence for their “theory” about a mystical designer is deeply troubling to the Discovery Institute. Lately, they’ve resorted to fantastical displays of various creationist tactics to keep their creationist website alive. We recently wrote A Lesson in Discoveroid Debate Tactics, and then A Lesson in Discoveroid Quote-Mining. Now another hoary creationist technique is on display. Their latest post is Robert Richards and Evolutionary Apologetics, and like the others in this woeful series, it has no author’s byline.
Before we proceed, we ask you to savor their title — which mentions “Evolutionary Apologetics.” As you know, the word apologetics has only one generally accepted definition — it’s “the branch of theology concerned with the defense or proof of Christianity.” Using that word in the context of a scientific theory is an extreme example Newspeak. According to Wikipedia:
Newspeak is the fictional language in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state Oceania as a tool to limit freedom of thought, and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, and peace.
We’ve written before about this Discoveroid stratagem — see Discovery Institute: Their Own Version of Newspeak. Now they’re doing it again, with a rant about “Evolutionary Apologetics.” We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis. First, they define their made-up expression:
Evolutionary apologetics is the defense of Darwinian theory against all challenges — scientific and otherwise.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! There are no scientific challenges to the theory of evolution. As for non-scientific challenges, well, we shall see. After that nonsensical definition, they say:
That Darwinism has not coincidentally been put to evil ends, while not in itself evidence of invalid science, would seem indisputable.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] It is “indisputable” that “Darwinism” has been put to evil ends. Hey — Newton’s laws of motion are routinely used in artillery bombardments, so maybe we should also suppress “Newtonism.” Ah well, let’s see what evil the Discoveroids claim to be the product of “Darwinism.” They tell us:
Its role in shaping Nazi ideology would also seem clear enough to anyone who has read a little about the subject.
[*Groan*] Not that old clunker again. We’ve debunked it several times — see Hitler and Darwin, which we wrote in the earliest weeks of this humble blog. Nevertheless, the Discoveroids often deploy a vicious slogan, “No Darwin, no Hitler” — see Discovery Institute: Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, which was the first in a long series of related posts. But no amount of debunking can stop them.
Today they’re playing the Hitler card again. The Discoveroids’ entire post is a series of links to and quotes from articles by their people and by fellow-travelers, all attempting to blame Darwin’s theory for the atrocities of the Hitler regime. We’ve discussed that rot before, so we won’t bother with it again. At the end, imagining that they’ve made their point, the conclude by saying:
Quite simply, evolutionary apologetics must have its own historical alternative reality. The defense of Darwin demands it, and so the dish is served.
So there you have it, dear reader — a fine demonstration of Discoveroid Newspeak — according to which, when we deny the idiocy of the alleged Hitler-Darwin connection, we’re engaging in evolutionary apologetics.
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