The Discovery Institute produces a lot of books, videos, and blog articles, but they have no science to support their “theory” of intelligent design. So they keep cranking out propaganda to attract the support of those woeful souls who are impressed by their output.
We see a good example today at their creationist blog: In Wisconsin, a Win for Academic Freedom. Ooooooooooooh! Who could be opposed to academic freedom? Don’t be confused, dear reader. The Discoveroids are adept at what’s been called Abuse of the Language of Rights.
Their new post was written by Sarah Chaffee, whom we call “Savvy Sarah.” As you will see, it’s a continuation of what she wrote about a few months ago — see Discoveroids Announce a New Website. We haven’t visited the place, but she said: “The liberty to challenge ideas, in science and other fields, is a precondition to the advance of the theory of intelligent design.”
Okay, you know what’s coming. No science, just “academic freedom” for whatever it is that the Discoveroids are promoting. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
David French at National Review [The Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes a Blow for Academic Freedom ] reports on a decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court:
[She quotes David French:] In a stinging 63-page ruling, the court held that Marquette University violated its own faculty handbook when it effectively terminated professor John McAdams for writing a blog post criticizing a graduate student instructor’s attempts to silence debate about gay rights in her ethics class.
What in the world does that have to do with creationism? Savvy Sarah will explain it to us. She says:
A few aspects of this catch my attention as pertinent to our concerns about academic freedom.
Here it comes. She tells us:
First, McAdams expressed a controversial position.
So what? She continues:
Second, this victory is of more than local importance. Not only does it set precedent in Wisconsin, but it is likely to be considered when similar situations come up elsewhere in the country.
Come on, Sarah! Where’s the creationism? Let’s read on:
Third, Marquette is a private institution. Shouldn’t public institutions be held to an even higher standard?
What are we doing here? Why are we slogging through this sludge? There’s only one brief paragraph remaining. Here it is:
I hope that these attitudes will extend to those who hold other kinds of controversial ideas, such as scientific skepticism about evolutionary theory.
We went through that whole mess for that? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
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