The Discovery Institute, wonderful folks that they are, couldn’t let Martin Luther King Jr. Day go by without giving it proper recognition. The task was given to David Klinghoffer, who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger.
Klinghoffer’s post is On Martin Luther King Day, Consider This About Intelligent Design. It’s a repeat of something he wrote three years ago — On MLK Day, Remember that Intelligent Design Is a Civil Rights Issue — but we ignored it then. Today we’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
He introduces his old post by saying:
I’ve observed here before that intelligent design poses not only a scientific challenge to Darwinism but also a challenge to think a little more broadly about civil rights … [then the repeated material begins].
This is what Klinghoffer wrote back in January 2014:
As we were reminded in the final and likewise shameful resolution of the David Coppedge matter, evolution is a civil-rights issue as much as it is a scientific one. Coppedge’s right to dissent from Darwinian orthodoxy was crushed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the judge in the case accepted NASA’s slickly constructed defense, rubber-stamped it, denying him the justice of what should have been total vindication.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Klinghoffer’s attempt to portray the promotion of junk science as a civil rights issue reminds us of something we wrote more than six years ago: Creationism: Abuse of the Language of Rights. We won’t repeat ourselves (as Klinghoffer is doing), but we recommend that you take a look at that post. Okay, back to Klinghoffer. In his oldie-goldie, he said:
[F]or every David Coppedge, there are countless other people who share their scientific doubts about Darwin, their openness to seeing evidence of design in nature, but who keep their views to themselves in a strategy of self-defense. They are teachers, professors, students, and other thoughtful open-minded citizens, who can’t exercise their right to advocate a particular scientific view. They reasonably fear censorship and bullying.
Sickening, isn’t it? You can read it all if you like, but here’s our last excerpt:
Civil-liberties organizations like AU and the ACLU ought to be in the thick of the fight to protect free-expression rights for Darwin doubters. Instead, they stand firmly with the censors and the bullies.
Although it’s irrelevant to Klinghoffer’s strange message, here’s a discussion of King’s views on Darwin. From the quotes therein, we would judge his attitude to be similar to that of the Catholics — he didn’t deny that humans evolved, but he thought the soul is a divine gift. Our guess is that he wouldn’t agree with the Discoveroids — and they probably know it — but they’re willing to exploit him anyway.
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