Today is Charles Darwin’s birthday, also known as Darwin Day. They’re taking it very seriously at the Discovery Institute. This was just posted at their creationist blog: Say Happy Birthday to Charles Darwin.
It was written by John West, whom we affectionately call “Westie.” Wikipedia describes him as: “a Senior Fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute (DI), and Associate Director and Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs of its Center for Science and Culture (CSC), which serves as the main hub of the Intelligent design movement.” We’ll give you some excerpts from Westie’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Today, February 12, is Charles Darwin’s birthday. [Yeah, we know!] For the past two decades, secularists and atheists have celebrated “Darwin Day” almost like a religious holiday. [Gasp!] Tonight, for example, the American Humanist Association will hold an event where they promise you can “Discover how Darwin’s apostles… launched a campaign for truth.” I’m not kidding — they really do refer to “Darwin’s apostles”!
Egad — it’s blasphemy! Following that utterly shocking information, Westie says:
Meanwhile, the official Facebook page for Darwin Day posts statements like this: “Using scientific logic, we can be as sure of God’s nonexistence as we are of the nonexistence of the aether, phlogiston or werewolves!”
How can Darwin Day have an “official” page? Anyway, we can certainly understand how that statement offends Westie. He tells us, with his bold font and italics:
While some continue to worship in the cult of Darwin, here is some good news in time for Darwin’s birthday: The number of prominent scientists around the world who are leaving Darwin behind is growing!
Westie then mentions a couple of Discoveroid heroes who have recently emerged from their creationist closets. We’ve written about them before: Marcos Eberlin, the Brazilian chemist, and Yale University computer scientist David Gelernter. He also mentions the event that caused us to write Brazil Succumbs to Creationist Madness. Then, inspired by those creationist victories and convinced that the cosmic momentum is on his side, Westie declares:
Given these developments, wouldn’t it be fun if we turned Darwin’s birthday into a day to support the overthrow of Darwin? [Yeah, go for it, Westie!] Here’s a suggestion: Give a “birthday gift” on Darwin’s birthday to support Discovery Institute’s work advancing intelligent design! [Link omitted.]
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Great idea — celebrate Darwin Day by sending money to the Discoveroids! Westie continues:
Just imagine if thousands of people start giving “birthday gifts” on Darwin’s birthday to advance the work of scientists, scholars, and writers working to topple Darwin.
What a thrilling idea! Let’s read on:
If you send us a gift for Darwin’s birthday, I will send YOU a free gift: a digital download of the 380-page book Debating Darwin’s Doubt. This is one of the books Yale scientist David Gelernter said influenced his journey away from of Darwinism.
Go for it, dear reader! And now we come to the end:
This will drive Darwinists crazy! Won’t you help us start this new movement for Darwin Day this year?
You wanna help ol’ Westie? Then go ahead, send him all your money. And be sure to tell him the Curmudgeon sent ya.
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