The latest post by Klinghoffer at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog ties together two different items we’ve written about before. See Discoveroid Günter Bechly Has Been ‘Erased’, about Wikipedia’s removal of their write-up on the Discoveroid Senior Fellow. The other item was discussed in Discoveroids Triumph Over Adversity. That was about a conference the Discoveroids had scheduled at a Portuguese university, which was cancelled, so they tried to do it at another university in Portugal, but that got cancelled too, and they ended up having the event at a hotel in Spain.
Klinghoffer’s new post is Email Correspondence with University Dean Reveals Stonewalling Behind Latest Anti-ID Censorship. [*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Anti-ID censorship! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
A radio interviewer and I shared a laugh this morning. We were talking about the way Wikipedia censors and distorts in its coverage of intelligent design, then stonewalls when challenged. We agreed about the online encyclopedia’s incredible influence, the fact that when you Google a prominent person or idea, the Wikipedia entry is typically the first hit you receive.
It’s a cruel, Darwinian world. His account of that conversation continues:
She said, But can’t you protest to Google, bring some pressure to bear on Wikipedia? I asked, “So you’re going to protest to Google?” The question is self-answering. You can’t protest anything to Google! We both cracked up. In seeking honest discussion about the evidence for design in nature, ID hits a stone wall again and again.
Read that last sentence again. It’s a classic. After that he says:
That was illustrated once again in the story Paul Nelson told here the other day about the ID conference that had to flee Portugal for Spain, after being canceled and chased out of two Portuguese universities, the University of Algarve and the University of Porto.
Yes, we know about that. Now brace yourself, because what he says next is … well, judge for yourself:
Back in 1492, the Inquisitors famously chased a controversial minority out of Spain and into Portugal (before they were chased out of there as well). In this reversal [from Portugal to Spain], the authorities were about as open to negotiation or reconsideration.
Incredibly, in that paragraph Klinghoffer linked to Modern Jewish History: The Spanish Expulsion. In Klinghoffer’s mind, a university’s cancellation a creationist conference is the equivalent to Spain’s expulsion of the Jews.
The next portion of Klinghoffer’s post is a long series of emails exchanged by Daniel Reeves, the Discoveroids’ Educational Outreach Assistant, and Professor Fernanda Ribeiro, in which he asked why the conference was cancelled. She responded:
We’ve got the information taht [sic] the event is not a scientific one. The University decided not to host the conference.
Best regrads [sic]
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Perhaps she had looked up intelligent design on Wikipedia.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Discoveroid then replied, attempting to get her involved in a debate about intelligent design, which she clearly didn’t want. After several email exchanges, which Klinghoffer includes in his post, she was finally able to terminate the conversation.
Klinghoffer then tells of the hardship faced by the students who wanted to attend the conference:
To get from Faro, Portugal, to León, Spain, and back again — in the same night! — the students rode on a bus for a total of 2,000 kilometers.
No doubt they learned a lot from the scientists and scholars, but that bus ride, representing ID’s repeated and arbitrary expulsion and exclusion, was an education in itself. Preceded by Fernanda Ribeiro’s stonewalling exercise with Daniel Reeves, it represents in a nutshell the posture not of openness to ideas but of censorship and intimidation faced by scholars willing to consider the evidence for design.
No comment. And now we come to the end:
Whether the context is Wikipedia or the academic scene on the Iberian Peninsula, the scientific “consensus” on ID is maintained by shutting down debate and silencing scholarship. If the students absorbed no other lesson than that, they came away with an important insight.
So there you are, dear reader. The Discoveroids face one hardship after another, but they’re not giving up. Aren’t they heroic?
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