Discoveroids Condemn the ‘Darwinian Gestapo’

The Discovery Institute is always delighted when someone who believes in their intelligent designer — blessed be he! — isn’t treated with the highest respect. It gives them something to blog about, which they desperately need.

Despite their insistence that they’re a science outfit, the only “evidence” the Discoveroids have for their “theory” is their claim that everything in the natural world was magically created by their intelligent designer — blessed be he! So they’ve got tons of evidence, and you — you pathetic Darwinist fool! — have nothing.

But it gets tiresome for them to keep saying the same thing over and over again, so they love it when they can claim they’re being abused. A few days ago we posted Discoveroids: A Tale of Two Hermans, about an American lawyer named Herman Bouma, with a website that looked to us like a Discoveroid branch office. His scheduled presentation at a meeting of the National Science Teaching Association [NSTA] was cancelled at the last minute.

We speculated that Herman’s presentation was originally scheduled by mistake because someone at the NSTA mistook him for a Dutch scientist of the same name, who has a write-up in Wikipedia: Herman Bouma. The cancellation was apparently very traumatic for Herman, and also for Sarah Chaffee, whom we call “Savvy Sarah.” This is her bio page at the Discoveroids’ website.

Today the Discoveroids have another post at their creationist blog about the same “atrocity.” It’s dramatically titled Herman Bouma: “It Was Like the Darwinian Gestapo”, and 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]:

On a new episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!] with host Sarah Chaffee, attorney Herman Bouma tells the story of how his talk at a National Science Teaching Association conference last April was canceled at the last minute.

Wowie — in the Discoveroid podcast, the great man himself describes the incredible experience he endured at the hands of brutal Darwinists! Then the Discoveroids say:

His talk, on a cold day in St. Louis [Is that the title?], highlighted how Darwin’s Origin of Species (its sixth edition, specifically) set an example of engaging his scientific critics with civility and reason. Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted.]

As we said before, our guess is that Herman is using Darwin’s civility to argue that schools should let Discoveroid-style creationism into the classroom — in accordance with their Teach the Controversy strategy. The Discoveroids seem to confirm our speculation as they tell us:

Bouma says in response to the incident, “It’s almost as if they considered Darwin a threat to Darwinian evolution.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Discoveroids continue:

Backed up by no fewer than four security guards [Gasp!], three conference officials hustled him out, accusing him of promoting fake science.

Ooooooooooooh! The Darwinist brutes! Here’s the last of the Discoveroids’ post:

As Bouma notes, Darwin wrote that “I look with confidence to the future, to young and rising naturalists, who will be able to view both sides of the question with impartiality.” Alas, Darwin’s example — and his hope — weren’t much in evidence among the conference officials who decided to shut down Bouma’s talk. For information from Discovery Institute on teaching the evolution controversy, go here. [Link omitted.]

We strongly suspect — and boldly predict — that the Discoveroids aren’t done with this incident. They’ll be posting about it again. Why not? What else do they have to talk about?

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10 responses to “Discoveroids Condemn the ‘Darwinian Gestapo’

  1. Wow — “Darwinian Gestapo”! Getting a bit carried away, aren’t they now?

    I wonder if Herman would still say that if he were to visit the Holocaust Museum.

  2. Michael Fugate

    …. accusing him of promoting fake science.
    What else could anyone conclude when Bouma claims:
    There are two main reasons why the theory of macroevolution is not a satisfactory explanation for the origin of life:
    1. The theory is inconsistent with the second law of thermodynamics, i.e., entropy (disorder) increases.

  3. So if his talk was cancelled, he stil made an attempt to present it at the conference? If so that’s pretty lame.

  4. @RSG: the Holocaust was Intelligently Designed.

  5. I still want to hear the NSTA’s side of this story, because I’m always suspicious of DI’s journalism.

  6. Darwin wrote that “I look with confidence to the future, to young and rising naturalists, who will be able to view both sides of the question with impartiality.”
    A lot has happened in the 150 years since then!

  7. Just smiling and reading here !!!!!!!

  8. Great detective work by the distinguished curmudgeonly person who wrote the article/post. Interestingly the Bouma Sequence has figured prominently in deep water stratigraphy for decades in the field of geology . It seems there are some good scientists with the last name of Bouma. And some really bad ones apparently.

  9. @Draken: I don’t need to hear the NSTA’s side of this story, because my default position is that creationists are distorting the truth (read: lying).

    “accusing him of promoting fake science”
    Whether the Darwin Gestapo did or did not accuse Bouma, the accusation was and is justified.

  10. Karl Goldsmith

    So still not got a pdf of the talk that we can all read.