This is an old story the Discovery Institute is promoting. We’ve written about some of their earlier posts — see, for example Discoveroids Explain “Darwinist” Incivility, and also Discoveroid Language Abuse. They’re at it again with the latest post at their creationist blog: Kevin Williamson and All That: Missing the Big Story on Free Speech, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
People who care about defending freedom of expression are grateful for just about any attention the issue receives from the media. That is the case even as the big story, a most egregious and longstanding abuse of power in hindering open inquiry, goes unnoticed.
The “big story,” of course, is all the “abuse” that the Discoveroids encounter when they try to promote their version of creationism at genuine universities and in pubic schools. Then he says:
NPR’s All Things Considered reports, “Professors Are Targets In Online Culture Wars; Some Fight Back.” [Link omitted.] Who are these “targets”? One is Professor George Ciccariello-Maher of Drexel University, who saw his career spoiled after he tweeted that “all I want for Christmas is white genocide,” a sentiment he later explained as being “satirical.” He ultimately chose to resign amid “unrelenting harassment and death threats.”
We’re not going to get into that mess. After two more tales like that one, Klinghoffer tells us:
No one should be harassed, threatened, or intimidated, or treated unfairly by a new (or old) employer. Yet I’m not crying too many tears for [those people]. All suffered consequences for speech that was purely obnoxious.
So what’s Klinghoffer’s point? He explains:
And it’s in remarkable contrast with the real “thought criminals” around here. I mean, literally, around here. Every day we deal with, advocate for, and seek to protect scientists and scholars who fear for their jobs and livelihoods. They are Darwin doubters and proponents of intelligent design … . And their plight goes unnoticed by the media. You can acquaint yourself with some of their stories at the website Free Science.
You already know about that website. If not, see Discoveroids Announce a New Website. Let’s read on:
The scientists whose situations are highlighted at Free Science include people whose names we can’t safely discuss in public, because they are so vulnerable to harassment and career repercussions. What is their crime? Only the very worst: seeking to objectively explore evidence of design in biology and cosmology.
Verily, it’s an outrage! Here’s more:
Free speech is a serious issue, but so is something equally precious: the answers to ultimate questions, questions that have intrigued human beings for millennia. The censored scientists at Free Science want to pursue their careers free of fear. But it’s not only their private interests that they care about. They want to know what’s true about the origins of life and of the universe, so that they can share what they find with the rest of us.
Yes, oh yes! Their crime is that they want to know The Truth™. And now we come to the end:
Their thought crime is to seek the scientific truth [Hee hee!] about subjects that should matter intensely to every thoughtful adult. We are the voice in the wilderness that speaks for them. We’ll go on doing so, but having some company in the undertaking would be welcome.
The Discoveroids are suffering because of the cruelty and intolerance of Darwinists. They need your help, dear reader. Perhaps you can offer some suggestions.
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