This one from the Discovery Institute is bizarre — and amusing. It’s titled Quiet Self-Censorship and the Academic “Consensus”, written by Sarah Chaffee, whom we call “Savvy Sarah.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Next week we will be opening up nominations for Censor of the Year. You can get started now thinking about your favorite candidates.
That’s exciting news! Then she says:
Here’s the only problem — I mean, the only problem with nominationg [sic] censors. When it comes to origins science, discrimination and intimidation indeed pervade academia. Yet most of the time, animosity towards proponents of intelligent design results in self-censorship. Professors and students keep quiet or comply with onerous restrictions in order to pursue their scientific careers.
Oh, the horror! Savvy Sarah tells us:
We understand why they do so. But this means that some of the worst censors are veiled, and cannot be named. Where their names are known to us, we can’t identify them because that would endanger the vulnerable scientists and scholars who are under their thumbs!
The Discoveroids are so understanding! She continues:
The phenomenon of self-censorship can get pretty extreme. We know a tenured science professor who in giving presentations in a private setting needs to begin his talks with a peculiar slide — a disclaimer that he does not speak on behalf of his university. He must include it, even though, again, he is speaking at a private event.
Could that be Michael Behe? We’ll never know. Let’s read on:
Or just take a look at our pictures on Evolution News [the Discoveroids’ creationist blog] of the Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design. You may see the very tops of students’ heads, no more. Not their faces, not an inch of their profile. Those we carefully crop out. This is to keep participants’ identities a secret. It’s so their career prospects will not be harmed by an association with intelligent design.
Can you imagine the horror? Those creationist students know The Truth™, but they must stay in the closet. Another excerpt:
It goes further than this. We ask all students to refrain from posting pictures on their personal social media accounts of themselves with other students. Imagine such precautions being necessary at a seminar discussing materialistic evolution. No, people would publicly celebrate their participation, talk about it with colleagues, on Facebook, etc.
It’s so unfair! And now we come to the end:
As we’ve said here before many times, this is how the illusion of an academic “consensus” against ID is maintained.
We remember that one. She quoted an irrelevant social science article — see Discoveroids Say Scientific Consensus Is Nonsense.
And so, dear reader, we take our leave of the Discoveroids. The burden they bear is all but unendurable, yet somehow they carry on.
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