Your Curmudgeon is experiencing a bit of a linguistic crisis. Whenever the Discovery Institute promotes their crude propaganda alleging a linkage between Darwin and communism, Stalinism, or Lysenkoism, we always use a strong adjectives to express our revulsion. See, for example: Discovery Institute: Beyond Despicable from over five years ago where we said:
How many synonyms for duplicity are there? For misdirection? For excrement? Were you to list them all, you wouldn’t have begun to describe this thing.
Then, in Klinghoffer: Evolution = Communism, we said it was “one of the worst things we’ve ever seen at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog” and a “ghastly post.” Recently we wrote Discoveroid Post Beyond Description, which we said was a “ghastly ark-load of ordure” and wrote:
We’ve been tracking the rantings of the Discovery Institute for quite some time now, but today they posted what must be their all-time worst — in our humble opinion, of course. Imagine having a mile-high load of camel dung dumped on your home. That would be infinitely preferable to what we found today at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog.
That one was about what they called “Darwinian Lysenkoism.” We quoted the Wikipedia article on Trofim Lysenko which says:
Lysenko was a strong proponent of soft inheritance [Inheritance of acquired characteristics] and rejected Mendelian genetics in favor of pseudoscientific ideas termed Lysenkoism. … Lysenko did not believe that genes or DNA existed, and only spoke about them to say that they did not exist. …. Unable to silence Western critics, Lysenko tried to eliminate all dissent within the Soviet Union. Scientists who refused to renounce genetics found themselves at the mercy of the secret police. The lucky ones simply got dismissed from their posts and were left destitute. Hundreds if not thousands of others were rounded up and dumped into prisons or psychiatric hospitals.
Today they’re doing it again. This now appears at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog: American Lysenkoism, and the Darwinists Who Embrace It. It has no author’s byline, and fortunately, it’s brief. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
On a new episode of ID the Future, Tod Butterfield interviews Michael Egnor, pediatric neurosurgeon at Stony Brook University, about the science-destroying practice of Lysenkoism. Dr. Egnor discusses Trofim Lysenko, a Soviet agronomist who for several decades in the 20th century was allowed to use the power of the state to enforce belief in Lamarckism in the Soviet Union.
You know what’s coming. Let’s read on:
The government punished people who questioned the reigning view, and the results were catastrophic. Today the term Lysenkoism applies to any use of government power to enforce scientific orthodoxy.
Actually, we think it’s only the Discoveroids who use that term in an attempt to explain the failure of intelligent design to gain a foothold in academia. Their post continues:
It need not mean the Gulag; it could involve, for instance, the denial of federal grants to quietly enforce Darwinian orthodoxy.
Uh huh. And this is the end of their brief post:
Lysenkoism punishes dissenters from politically favored ideas, and holds science back. How? Download the podcast or listen to it here [link omitted], and find out.
So there you are — and as we said at the start, we’re all out of adjectives. What can be said about this kind of thing? A blizzard of bunk, a hailstorm of hooey, a hurricane of hogwash, a sandstorm of slander, a tornado of tripe? No, none of those is sufficient. Perhaps you can suggest something, dear reader. But beware of the profanity filters.
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