Things must be glum in the Seattle headquarters of the Discovery Institute, which occupies some dingy offices above a gymnasium. To begin with, they have no influence with the Governor of their state. As reported by our friends at the National Center for Science Education, Darwin Day declared in Washington.
Now they’ve posted about their attitude on Valentine’s Day. Aside from its theological roots, Valentine’s Day has become associated with romantic love, sending greeting cards, floral bouquets, etc. But not for Darwinists! Look at the title of the new essay at their creationist blog: What Darwinists Don’t Tell You: Valentine’s Day Edition, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Darwinism is replete with salesmanship, some of it thoroughly deceptive. [Hee hee!] Pushing the false dichotomy of evolution versus Young Earth Creationism, as if there were no alternative to these two, is one way that evolutionists bully and mislead non-scientists.
[*Groan*] Yes, there are trivial variations in creationist dogma but none of it really matters. The Discoveroids’ entire campaign was built upon constructing a facade that deliberately avoided the glaring indicia of religion (reliance on scripture, etc.) in the hope that by presenting themselves as a “scientific” enterprise, they could find a way into the public schools and undermine science.
But there’s no doubt that they’re a bunch of creationists. It’s all spelled out in their founding manifesto, the Wedge Document. Here’s a scan of the original: The Wedge (pdf document), which begins with a graphic of Michelangelo’s God creating Adam. It starts with a long Introduction:
The proposition that human beings are created in the image of God is one of the bedrock principles on which Western civilization was built. … Yet a little over a century ago, this cardinal idea came under wholesale attack by intellectuals drawing on the discoveries of modern science.
Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture seeks nothing less than the overthrow of materialism and its cultural legacies. … Bringing together leading scholars from the natural sciences and those from the humanities and social sciences, the Center explores how new developments in biology, physics and cognitive science raise serious doubts about scientific materialism and have re-opened the case for a broadly theistic understanding of nature.
Klinghoffer quotes Tom Bethell as an authority about how it’s the evolutionists who are lying about their motives. We’ll skip that. Then he says:
Similarly, only the most perilously candid evolutionists are in your face about another straightforward inference from materialism: the denial of free will.
Uh huh. Evolution means we have no free will. Your Curmudgeon was compelled to write this, and you are compelled to read it. After quoting Bethell again, Klinghoffer quotes one of the Discoveroids’ principal adversaries:
This bleak vision, the human being as meat machine, is on vivid display, though mixed with a clumsy childlike enthusiasm, in the writing of emeritus University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne. On Darwin Day, for instance, he chided me for the hope that evidence of design will overcome Darwinian censorship: “I’m sorry to say that, I think, Klinghoffer will go to his Maker (disassociated molecules) before a teleological view of life permeates evolutionary biology.”
About which he remarks:
Imagine trying to sell “disassociated molecules” to the public, with their human intuitions, fears, and longings. Darwinists like Coyne or Dawkins, Bethell observes, are their own worst enemies.
Klinghoffer continues by quoting thoughts about Valentine’s Day from his Discoveroid colleague, Jonathan Witt:
When Darwinian science conquers all, we will view the human brain as just the “product of genetic evolution by natural selection.” … So what becomes of Valentine’s Day, of all of those romantic longings and pledges to love, honor and protect, maybe even till death do us part? … But Darwinian science goes further. It insists the stuff of Valentine’s Day is all glands and instincts, and beneath those, all brain chemistry — a soulless concoction of matter and energy stirred up in the alchemist’s lab we call evolution.
Grim, huh? Let’s read on, as Klinghoffer summarizes the ghastly Darwinian belief system:
Of course, it would have to be that way. A materialist understanding of evolution robs us of virtually everything that makes life rich and worth living, if we’re honest about it with ourselves. What, really, is left? Eating? Animal rutting? Pursuing status or dominance in a manner hardly different from the way chimps and chickens do?
Does that describe you, dear reader? Klinghoffer claims it does. Our last excerpt is from the end of Klinghoffer’s Valentine’s Day message:
Darwinism asks us to doubt, to deny, our own intuitions and experiences. Intelligent design cheerfully affirms them.
Meanwhile, intelligent design is not permitted to make its own scientific case. Or when it does so, ID scientists are put down by censors or drowned out by media spokesmen with endless chants of “creationist, creationist, creationist.” What a mad world!
And so, dear reader, this being Valentine’s Day, your Curmudgeon does what any good evolutionist does. He assumes a threatening, dominant stance, snarls, and utters: “Oook, oook! Rut rut!” It’s the Darwinian way. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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