It was only yesterday that we posted Klinghoffer: Darwinists Are Racists, where we said that Klinghoffer — the Discovery Institute’s journalistic slasher and poo flinger — had earned his pay by writing a classic Discoveroid post claiming that racism is inevitable for those who promote Darwinism.
To our great surprise, Klinghoffer has somehow gone beyond what he did yesterday. This now appears at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog: Why Darwinism Can Never Separate Itself from Racism. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
It’s great to have insightful colleagues. [Especially if they’re creationists.] Denyse O’Leary, with Discovery Institute’s Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence [Link omitted], has been writing about evolution for years as well. Having read my post “The Return of John Derbyshire” [the one we blogged about yesterday], she points out something I hadn’t quite grasped. Now a lightbulb goes off.
The Discoveroids used to have a page of biographical information about Denyse, but we can’t find it now that she’s been moved to one of their many other websites. It used to say: “She received her degree in honors English language and literature.” Anyway, she managed to give Klinghoffer a new insight about how horrible “Darwinists” are. He says:
The thread of racism in Darwinian thinking isn’t a chance thing, a mere byproduct of Charles Darwin’s personal views as a “man of his time.” You think if Darwinism had emerged not in the dark age of the 19th century but in our own woke era, it would be different? No, it wouldn’t. The racism is inherent, unavoidable:
Get ready, dear reader, for an ark-load of creationist garbage. How can we be so sure it’s garbage? In this post, Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin, we refute the Discoveroids’ endlessly-repeated allegations; and in this one, Creationism and Racism, we document the racist history of creationism. Not only that, but the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims has a few entries of interest — see Evolution is racist (no, it isn’t), and then Darwin himself was racist (hint — he wasn’t), and also Darwin’s work refers to “preservation of favoured races”.
Okay, the ark-load begins. Klinghoffer quotes Denyse:
Racism is implicit in the Darwinian belief system about how things happen. [Huh?] Even if one’s creationism amounts to no more than the idea that humans have an immortal soul, it makes all humans equal for all practical purposes. Take that away and believe instead that humans are animals that slowly evolved from less-than-human creatures and a variety of things happen, none of them conducive to non-racism.
Ooooooooooooh! He quotes her again:
The problem is not merely that Darwin, a man of his age, was a racist. [He wasn’t.] The problem is that his bias resulted in his and others distorting the fossil record to suit a racist worldview. [What?]
This is really amazing! And we’re not done yet. Klinghoffer tells us:
Those issues with the fossil record are the theme of most of paleontologist Günter Bechly’s recent writing [Hee hee!] at Evolution News. [Link omitted.] She goes on:
[He quotes Denyse again:] To “get past” the fact that Darwin was a racist [Groan!], we must be willing to undo science that begins by assuming that non-European features are sub-human. [What?] … In any Darwinian scheme, someone must be the subhuman. If not the current lot (formerly, the “savages,” currently the Neanderthals and/or Homo erectus), who will it be? … Surely these are the true reasons Darwinists simply can’t confront the race issue and get past it, and so they resort to long-winded special pleading.
Having been enlightened by Denyse, Klinghoffer continues:
The idea of racial equality, perfectly natural to a design perspective [Really?], can be achieved by the Darwinist only by continually and ruthlessly suppressing a built-in tendency. It requires bad faith: fooling himself about his own way of thinking. Like an irremediable birth defect, it’s never going to go away.
This is really tough slogging, but let’s read on:
Of course it’s possible to find people who believe in creation and who are also racists. You can find bad apples in any community of thinkers. But the key point is that the two ideas are permanently at odds with each other. Whereas Darwinism and racism are a match made in… Well, they’re conjoined twins, let’s put it that way.
There’s a bit more, but we’ve had enough. And to our surprise, Klinghoffer has managed to change our opinion. We used to think of the Discoveroids as a source of entertainment. We’re much more realistic in our assessment now, but it’s probably unwise to say what we’re thinking. Be assured, however, that it’s not flattering
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