The Discovery Institute is still celebrating their ten year-old victory in Louisiana. We just posted Discoveroids Celebrate Ten Years of ‘Success’, and their riotous self-congratulations are continuing. This just appeared at their creationist blog: West: Louisiana Science Education Act Is Important as a “Stereotype Breaker”, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
This week we’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of the passage of the Louisiana Science Education Act. It was a turning point in the effort to secure academic freedom for science teachers. That effort was never going to be an overnight success, but the LSEA marked an important beginning.
Wowie — it was a turning point and an important beginning. Then he says:
Why is it important? In a conversation for ID the Future, John West and Sarah Chaffee discuss the act, adapted from model language by the Center for Science & Culture, and why it matters.
Fortunately, we don’t have to listen to that podcast, because Klinghoffer summarizes it for us:
A point Dr. West makes is that the LSEA was a “stereotype breaker.” [Ooooooooooooh!] Stereotypes are of course one of the top weapons that Darwinists have in their arsenal for discouraging resistance to evolutionary dogma. You don’t want to be one of those science-denying creationist fundamentalists, do you?
Heavens no! We’re afraid of being a victim of Darwinist stereotypes. By the way, if you don’t know who John West is, see Buffoon Award Winner — John West. Okay, back to Klinghoffer. He tells us:
In fact, West notes, the LSEA shattered clichés like that in several ways. For one, it enjoyed broad bipartisan support — it was not a matter of Republicans versus Democrats. That’s got to be one reason it has resisted attempts at repeal led by activist Zack Kopplin, who has since moved on to other pursuits … . For another, it enjoyed support from scientists. [Hee hee!] It was, again, not a battle of citizens versus science.
As we’ve noted before, when the LSEA was passed, both houses of the Louisiana legislature were Democrat controlled, and the thing was passed almost unanimously. It was bipartisan creationist lunacy. Klinghoffer continues:
Finally, it was not “anti-science” at all but on the contrary, pro-science: that is, if by science you mean an enterprise entailing critical, objective analysis and weighing of evidence.
That’s more creationist Doublespeak. And now we come to the end:
In fact, the LSEA took inspiration from Darwin himself, who wrote that in scientific inquiries, “a fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! A classic example of creationist quote-mining. It comes at the beginning of the Origin of Species, sixth edition: Introduction. The portion mined by Klinghoffer is shown in red font. Darwin says:
I can here give only the general conclusions at which I have arrived, with a few facts in illustration, but which, I hope, in most cases will suffice. No one can feel more sensible than I do of the necessity of hereafter publishing in detail all the facts, with references, on which my conclusions have been grounded; and I hope in a future work to do this. For I am well aware that scarcely a single point is discussed in this volume on which facts cannot be adduced, often apparently leading to conclusions directly opposite to those at which I have arrived. A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question; and this is here impossible.
Well, dear reader, we’ll let you decide if Darwin wanted creationism taught along with his work. Anyway, the Discoveroids have smashed through the Darwinist stereotype and their generous patrons are probably motivated to keep the funds flowing.
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