The “intellectual” argument of the Discovery Institute to support their “theory” of intelligent design is based on two fallacies: (1) the God of the gaps; and (2) William Paley’s watchmaker analogy, which is also the basis of their “design inference,” about which they babble using undefinable terms like “specified complexity.”
But they also have a purely emotional argument — which appeals to most of their followers. It’s their revulsion for the idea that they are related to other species — especially monkeys. They’ve lately been blogging a lot about that, which is the reason for the song above this post. The latest at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog is Macaque Monkeys and Human Dignity, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Why does the evolution debate matter so intensely? In an interview with P.J. Media‘s Tyler O’Neil [link omitted], our biologist colleague Ann Gauger [a/k/a “Annie Green Screen”] hits the nail on the head. The profound importance of the controversy lies in human dignity, and our rapidly dissolving sensitivity to it. She spoke in the context of news about the cloning of macaque monkeys by Chinese researchers, a major and disquieting step toward human cloning.
[*Groan*] Again? See The Discoveroids’ Crusade Against Cloning. Then he says:
Will scientists take it that far? The present culture certainly gives reasons to think they won’t stop at monkeys. [Big quote from Annie Green Screen.]
After a lot more quotes from her he says:
What’s the source of it all? “She pointed to Darwinism as the key threat behind the loss of understanding of human dignity.” That seems hard to deny.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Why is it hard to deny? Klinghoffer explains:
The whole agenda of evolutionary thinking is to erase the exceptional status of human beings in nature, considering us as one among many animals competing for existence amid the blind churning of the cosmos and of terrestrial biology.
Wow! He finishes with this frightening thought:
From Darwin’s visions to nightmare scenarios of human cloning, it’s a straight shot from premise to conclusion.
We can’t think of anything clever to say. Perhaps you can, dear reader.
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