For the past few months, most of the posts at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute keep flogging the same few creationist books over and over, telling about radio interviews, podcasts, etc. This isn’t surprising, since they have no genuine news to report, but it makes for difficult blogging. Whenever we visit their website, it’s always the same stuff we’ve discussed before.
That’s true today, but their subject is so revolting that we have to mention it. We’re talking about the latest post by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. It’s titled Galileo Myth Goes Marching On.
The title of his post is revealing. Everything the Discoveroids don’t like (e.g., evolution) is a “myth,” and the actual myths they do like (e.g., their intelligent designer — blessed be he!) are declared to be scientific facts. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
The Galileo myth [yeah, “myth”] posits that the great astronomer’s story illustrates the near-inevitable conflict between science and religion — or “faith and fact.”
Are you throwing up yet? If not, you soon will be. Then he says:
As science historian Michael Keas [a Discoveroid “senior fellow”] explains, the story is actually more complicated, nuanced, and interesting than the myth would have it: In Unbelievable [link omitted], Professor Keas [a professor at Biola, a bible college] explores seven myths about the history of science and faith. It’s a great read.
Here’s Keas’ Discoveroid bio page. They’ve been blogging about his book for months. We first wrote about it back in November — see Yet Another Discoveroid Book — Truly Amazing. Get ready now — here it comes. Klinghoffer tells us:
In the case of Galileo, the scientific evidence available at the time was not at all a slam dunk for the Copernican view. His trial and house arrest by the Catholic Church were not simply a panicked religion fighting back against scientific truth. [Then what were they?] There were scientists and theologians on Galileo’s side and others against him. Unlike Giordano Bruno, Galileo was not burned.
He wasn’t burned — Wowie! That’s favorable treatment indeed! By the way, the Discoveroids wrote something similar to this a month ago, and we posted Discoveroids Defend the Inquisition. There we went into details about the savage treatment Galileo received — including threats of torture, being forced to confess heresy, being forced to recant his belief in the solar system, and the banning of his book. It’s all there, with links, so we won’t repeat it here.
Klinghoffer continues to praise how Galileo was treated:
He lived out his life at his comfortable rural estate, Villa Il Gioiello, on the hillside outskirts of Florence. Which, by the way, looks like quite a place. Its name means “The Jewel.” The photo at the top shows a loggia, a room with open walls, overlooking a lovely parklike setting.
Wowie — they treated Galileo like a king! Let’s read on:
Of course, as Keas emphasizes, this is still a shameful episode for the Church, but not a simple one!
Shameful, but not simple — what does that mean? We would describe the treatment of Galileo as brutal, tyrannical, and absolutely indefensible. Perhaps that’s why we haven’t been invited to join the Discovery Institute. Here’s more from Klinghoffer:
Yet textbooks and the media have portrayed Galileo as a martyr for science, and they continue to do so. His myth goes marching on.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! And to make things worse, the scientific truth of the intelligent designer is suppressed. Anyway, here’s the end of Klinghoffer’s thrilling post:
As we’ve seen in recent arguments with evolutionists [the fools!], the mistaken notion remains highly influential: a reasonable adult must either give up religion or isolate it, like a poor sick thing, from science. Not so.
All we’ve ever said is what has been the basic rule in the US for over two centuries: Church and state should be kept separate, and neither should interfere with the other. If that had been the rule in Galileo’s time, there would have been no Inquisition. But if you ask the Discoveroids, they’ll tell you — as they just did — that the Inquisition wasn’t such a bad thing after all.
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