We’ve always assumed that the Discovery Institute had plenty of funding from their generous patrons, but posts like their latest cause us to wonder if that golden flow may be coming to an end. They just posted this at their creationist blog: #GivingTuesday Message from Stephen Meyer. It has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture and our director, Stephen Meyer, wish friends a blessed holiday season. Thank you for all your wonderful support!
Hey, you’re welcome! Then they say:
In a brief #GivingTuesday message from his office [video embedded in their post], Dr. Meyer recounts highlights of the past year and gives some hints as to what to expect in the year coming, in research, writing, teaching, and public advocacy.
We already know what’s coming — another ark-load of creationist nonsense. They tell us:
You can be part of that [Really?], advancing the theory of intelligent design and exposing the faults in its materialist Darwinian alternative, by joining us and contributing to the work of the CSC [their creationist “think tank”].
Wowie — who wouldn’t be excited about such an opportunity? The Discoveroids continue:
To share in our efforts, please take a moment now to go here.
As you suspected, that sentence links to a Discoveroid donation page. And it’s funny! Here’s some of what it says:
Evolution News & Science Today is a great tool for countering pro-Darwin propaganda. And for opening minds. [Hee hee!] The spirit of the age says mindless evolution turned microbes into men. [Gasp!] It whispers this “fact” in countless classrooms, textbooks, and academic articles. [That’s terrible!] The media then recycles the message in a steady flood of approving stories.
Isn’t this great? Let’s read on:
The writers at Evolution News [their creationist blog] are our first responders. They wade into this flood of pro-Darwin misinformation and rescue the truth with evidence and logic. [They’re so heroic!] In 2017, they published over 750 articles dealing with new scientific findings and philosophical arguments. They provided ammunition to defend the case for intelligent design.
It goes on, but you get the idea. Let’s return to their blog post:
In 2018, #GivingTuesday falls on Tuesday, November 27, but your crucial assistance counts all year round.
They link once again to their donation page, and then they end with this:
The staff and writers at Evolution News join Steve Meyer in extending to you our deep gratitude for making this work possible.
And the Curmudgeon is grateful to the Discoveroids for making our work possible — providing our readers with creationist entertainment.
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