The Discovery Institute is on the verge of a big breakthrough. No, it has nothing to do with evidence to support their “theory” about an intelligent designer — blessed be he! — who created the universe, life, and you. They claim to have plenty of that. The breakthrough they see is … well, let’s hear it from them.
This was just posted at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog: Kanye Imagine? “Scientists Don’t Have to Be Darwinists”, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Thanks to Kanye West and Chance the Rapper, an idea has sprung on the culture like a thunderclap: “Black people don’t have to be Democrats.”
What’s Klinghoffer talking about? He links to this news item about some people we never heard of: Chance the Rapper: ‘Black people don’t have to be Democrats’. Go ahead and read it if you like. We haven’t bothered to do so. Well, this is the lead paragraph:
Kanye West’s recent praise of President Donald Trump has left some of the rapper’s fans aghast, but fellow Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper and West’s wife Kim Kardashian have come to his defense.
Two rappers and a Kardashian? It’s difficult to imagine anything farther from our usual concerns. But for some reason, Klinghoffer considers that “news” to be of great importance. He says:
No one has to affiliate with either major political party, by virtue of race, ethnicity, sexuality, or anything else. … Yet such is the power of group identity and groupthink that it comes as a shock to hear this common sense expressed aloud. Or in a tweet.
Klinghoffer quotes a few tweets, which we’ll ignore. Then he tells us why this “news” is of such great importance:
Whether the ripple in the news over these statements is an occasion to celebrate or not I leave to you to decide. But think about this. Imagine the shock if, say, some academics and scientists were to announce what’s equally obvious: “Professors don’t have to be evolutionists.” Or “Scientists don’t have to be Darwinists.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He continues:
Much as race and ethnicity, in some people’s eyes, oblige members of certain groups to affiliate with certain political views, the magnet-like pull of evolution on academics and intellectuals is even more powerful.
Are we dreaming, or is Klinghoffer really making an analogy between the political affiliation of blacks and the scientific community’s acceptance of evolution? He goes on:
Because the truth is, African Americans, including prominent ones, who are conservative or Republican existed before Kanye West or Chance the Rapper came along. These black people took major abuse for it, not least from white liberals. And they still do. But I don’t think any have stood to be punished with total career ruin or equivalent reprisals. At least, not outside of Hollywood, which would punish and ostracize whites for this offense with just as much alacrity as it would blacks.
Now he makes the connection to creationism:
The situation for scientists vis-à-vis Darwinism is considerably more severe and constricting. On most campuses, voicing doubts about Darwinian theory or, worse, support for intelligent design is flat-out career suicide. Scholars know it.
M’god — he’s serious! Skipping some tales of creationist scientists who are known to Klinghoffer but who are so terrified that they remain in the closet, he ends his post with this:
Will the situation change? Every scientist who stands up to the bullies and censors is like a giant green light, indicating to colleagues that they can at least consider thinking their own thoughts. There is the potential of a tipping point here. Remember, it wasn’t overnight, but the Berlin Wall did fall in the end.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Berlin Wall!
So where are we? The lesson we’re left with is this: If a rapper can summon up the courage to support Trump, a scientist should follow his brave example and support the Discoveroids. What do you think, dear reader? Do you have the courage, or will you continue to cringe in the closet?
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