The Discoveroids are once again hijacking Thomas Jefferson, perverting his views and the meaning of the American Revolution. The latest in this shameful series was posted at their creationist blog on the Fourth: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident. As with some of the earlier versions, it was written by Stephen Meyer. This one even has the same title as his similar post last year.
Meyer’s Discoveroid job description has changed over the years, but as their bio page indicates, he’s one of their senior fellows and currently the Program Director of their Center for Science and Culture — that’s their creationism shop. It should not be forgotten that Meyer was a central figure in the infamous Sternberg peer review controversy. Here are some excerpts from his new post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
On Independence Day, it’s appropriate to review the sources of our rights as citizens. There is one source that is more basic than any other, yet that receives less than the attention it deserves. I refer to the idea that there is an intelligent creator who can be known by reason from nature, a key tenet underlying the Declaration of Independence — as well as, curiously, the modern theory of intelligent design.
Amazing, isn’t it? The American Revolution was based on intelligent design! Whoa — hold on a minute! This year’s post is a duplicate of what Meyer wrote last year. We’ve been duped!
Okay, two can play that game. We’ll remind you of a few of our own posts from the past. First there’s Thomas Jefferson on Young-Earth Creationism, in which we quoted extensively from his Notes on the State of Virginia, and then said:
Jefferson, when confronted with the peculiarity of fossil seashells on mountaintops, rejected all three hypotheses which were current in his day: (1) the Flood, because there was no evidence for it; (2) geological convulsions (the correct answer) because the science of geology was then unknown; and (3) Voltaire’s spontaneous generation, which seemed ridiculous. Then, to his great credit, he declared that “Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, then he who believes what is wrong.”
We also wrote The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. It was Jefferson’s work. We quoted the statute in its entirety, after which we said:
[T]hose who try to rewrite American history to assert a theocratic meaning for Jefferson’s Declaration and (largely) Madison’s Constitution and Bill of Rights are strangely silent about this statute.
This is the last paragraph of Meyer’s duplicate post:
The growing evidence of design in life [Hee hee!] has stunning and gratifying implications for our understanding of America’s political history — and for our country’s future. On the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the evidence for “Nature’s God,” and thus for the reality of our rights, is stronger than ever.
The Discoveroids are not only — shall we say — somewhat deficient regarding science, but their understanding of America’s founding is also in need of some heavy-duty work. In that regard, inspired by Meyer’s repetition, we’ll wrap this up by referring you to one of our own favorites: Is America a “Christian Nation”?
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