As expected, the Discovery Institute is once again hijacking Thomas Jefferson, perverting his views and the meaning of the American Revolution. We rebutted much of the same nonsense last year — see Discoveroids’ Fourth of July Creationism Lesson.
This year, their perversion of history is written by Stephen Meyer. His Discoveroid titles have changed over the years, but as their bio page indicates, he’s one of their senior fellows, and he’s currently the Program Director of their Center for Science and Culture — that’s the Discoveroids’ creationism shop.
It should not be forgotten that Meyer was a central figure in the infamous Sternberg peer review controversy. And as we reported here, Meyer was one of three creationist “experts” who were on the 6-member panel selected by Don McLeroy to testify before the Texas Board of Education regarding standards for science education.
Okay, you know what we’re dealing with. Meyer’s new post is We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident. Here are some excerpts, 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.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Declaration of Independence is all about intelligent design. Great start! Then he says:
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.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Creationists love to quote-mine and pervert the Declaration. We’ve discussed that before — see this from four years ago: Discoveroids Again Hijack the Fourth of July. After that, Meyer tells us:
Jefferson himself thought that there was scientific evidence for design in nature. In 1823, he insisted so in a letter to John Adams:
[Mined quote:] I hold (without appeal to revelation) that when we take a view of the Universe, in its parts general or particular, it is impossible for the human mind not to perceive and feel a conviction of design, consummate skill, and indefinite power in every atom of its composition.
It is impossible, I say, for the human mind not to believe that there is, in all this, design, cause and effect, up to an ultimate cause, a fabricator of all things from matter and motion.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Discoveroids have used that letter before. We discussed part of it four years ago in Discoveroids Again Hijack the Fourth of July, and the other part seven years ago in Discovery Institute’s False Fourth of July. Meyer continues:
Taken to heart, Darwin’s view of man does undermine the vision of the Founders. As evolutionary biologist George Gaylord Simpson explained, Darwinism denies evidence of design and shows instead that man is the product of a “purposeless process that did not have him mind.” Fortunately, discoveries in modern biology have challenged this perspective and vindicated Jefferson’s thinking.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Darwin’s theory undermines the vision of the Founders. Let’s read on:
No theory of undirected chemical evolution has explained the origin of the digital information in DNA needed to build the first living cell on earth. Yet we know from repeated experience — the basis of all scientific reasoning — that information invariably arises from minds rather than from material processes.
Information! BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s creationist pixie-dust, lovingly inserted into our DNA by the intelligent designer — blessed be he! And now we come to the end:
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.
So there you are. We hope that doesn’t ruin the day for you, dear reader. Don’t be too upset — it’s only creationism.
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