Look at the title of the Discovery Institute’s latest post: Wikipedia Erases Paleontologist Günter Bechly. O the horror!
We’ve written about Bechly before — see Discoveroids: Evolution’s Story Keeps Changing — and in that post we quoted from Wikipedia’s article on him. But now, if you try that link, all you’re told is: “Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name.”
We’re rather fond of the guy, because he mentions us at his website, where he says:
I despise the dogmatic and sometimes even fanatical stance of some evolutionists like P.Z. Myers (Pharyngula blog), Laurence Moran (Sandwalk blog), Jeffrey Shallit (Recursivity blog), Jerry Coyne (Why Evolution is True blog), freelance writer John Farrell, the anonymous coward behind The Sensuous Curmudgeon blog, and other infamous web activists against Intelligent Design and religion. [Emphasis supplied.]
Anyway, let’s find out from the Discoveroids what happened at Wikipedia. Their new post was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Günter Bechly is a distinguished paleontologist, specializing in fossil dragonflies, exquisitely preserved in amber for tens of millions of years. After revealing his support for the theory of intelligent design, he was pushed out as a curator at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany. He subsequently joined Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture as a Senior Fellow. Now we learn that our colleague has suffered another act of censorship: he has been erased from Wikipedia, ostensibly for not being “notable” enough.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It’s a cruel world! Klinghoffer says:
This is a big deal, and a reminder of a key dynamic in the debate about ID. What the public hears about that debate is often highly misleading. That’s for a number of reasons, including media distortion, dishonest attributions of “creationism” to ID proponents, and a refusal by most professional scientists who oppose ID to respond to the theory on its scientific merits.
The “scientific merits” of intelligent design “theory.” Lordy, lordy. This is wonderful! Then he says:
The discussion of design evidence is affected as well by an absence of voices that, in a sensible world, would be in the thick of it. Those voices, a ghost chorus, belong to scholars sympathetic to ID who keep out of the controversy because they’re aware they will be punished if they speak up. We know many of them, and keep private channels of communication open. At Evolution News [the Discoveroids’ creationist blog], we have documented a range of instances of censorship and intimidation. Rarely, though, do the censors reveal themselves as clearly as in the case of Wikipedia versus Bechly.
After ranting for several paragraphs about the anonymous editors at Wikipedia, Klinghoffer tells us:
What’s there to be done? Fight the editors on their own pages? No, that’s a waste of time. We’ve tried. But do share this with friends, as widely as possible, so that perhaps readers will take the online encyclopedia with a pinch of skepticism next time.
And that’s it, except for a link to a Discoveroid “documentary.” So what do we make of this? To get the complete picture, we went to Wikipedia and searched for “Sensuous Curmudgeon.” Guess what? They don’t have a write up for your Curmudgeon! Like Bechly, we’re an unperson (see Wikipedia’s List of Newspeak words). But so what? Bechly mentions us at his blog, and we mention him at ours. It all seems to balance out.
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