In the US, tomorrow is Memorial Day. That means this is a three-day holiday weekend, which helps to explain why we can’t find any news about The Controversy between evolution and creationism. But somehow, the Discovery Institute has managed to connect the holiday to their “scientific theory” of intelligent design.
At their creationist blog we find This Memorial Day Weekend, Consider Putting Design and Human Dignity into Action. It was written by Sarah Chaffee, whom we call “Savvy Sarah.” This is her bio page at the Discoveroids’ website. Here are some excerpts from her blog post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Human exceptionalism and intelligent design bear witness that we are indeed a “privileged species” — as biologist Michael Denton [a Discoveroid “senior fellow”] puts it. The universe was woven with us in mind. [Ooooooooooooh!]
The Discoveroids were wildly promoting Denton last year — see Denton’s Book Proves Everything, so if he says the universe was “woven” with us in mind, you know it’s The Truth™. Savvy Sarah informs us:
This is not a statement of species chauvinism. [Of course not.] It’s a call to action, since privilege brings responsibility with it.
What’s she saying? We were intelligently designed, so that gives us responsibilities? Okay, and now she’s going to instruct us in our duties:
Memorial Day weekend is a time for reflection, not only about the war dead. Allow me to share with you a cause that’s important to me. [Oh, goodie!] Some of the weakest in society suffer due to no fault of their own. Children are especially vulnerable, and kids living in homes where adults are addicted to drugs or alcohol, or are abusive or neglectful often suffer damaging trauma.
What does this have to do with creationism? And what about kids raised by creationist parents who are being home schooled with creationist text books? Somehow, she never mentions them. What she does is discuss a meeting she attended with some parents of disabled children. We’re skipping that.
Finally, she gets around to creationism:
The intrinsic dignity we believe each person possesses leads us to reject the “survival of the fittest” [Groan!] and instead to care for and strengthen our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.
No one objects to helping people. What we do object to is the Discoveroids’ claim that Darwin and his theory of evolution oppose such activities. Darwin never opposed charitable activity, and he never used the phrase “survival of the fittest.” It was coined by Herbert Spencer — see Banquet at Delmonico’s — Spencer and Social Darwinism.
There’s not much else to the Discoveroids’ post, so we’re leaving them as they wallow in compassion, because that’s the obligation imposed on them by the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — when he wove the universe with us in mind. And you — you wicked Darwinist fool! — you’re running around abusing children, because that’s what Darwinists do.
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