This one is more than an ordinary vomit opportunity presented by a creationist. It’s something we haven’t experienced before — a journey into a hideous realm of deep vomit, which appears to be the natural habitat of the Discovery Institute. They just posted Darwinism Paved the Way to Our Perilous Cultural Moment.
It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Today he’s not only flinging the stuff, he’s swimming in a vast sea of it, and he’s never seemed happier. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
The year so far has delivered a stunning lesson in the fragility of freedom and of civilization. Endless lockdowns matched with urban chaos — it’s hard to believe these two shattering phenomena overlapped entirely by accident. How exactly, though, do they relate?
Is Klinghoffer suggesting a causal connection between the virus pandemic and the urban violence plaguing American cities since May of this year, starting with the George Floyd protests? He tried to make part of that connection a couple of weeks ago — see Discoveroids: The Festering Evil of Darwinism. That post must have pleased his creationist overlords, because now he’s going further. He says:
At Mind Matters, Michael Egnor suggests Darwinism as a missing link. [Link to Egnor’s article omitted] Egnor cites Plato, as analyzed by philosopher Edward Feser. [Who?] Plato charted a devolution in forms of government, from what he regarded as the best (a sort of “philosophical aristocracy”) to oligarchy, timocracy, issuing in base democracy, followed by tyranny. Egnor understands totalitarianism — Nazism and Communism — as the special modern iteration of tyranny, which received its “scientific imprimatur” from the theory of Darwinian evolution.
That’s an old theme with the Discoveroids. Klinghoffer has previously posted a series of essays attempting to link Charles Darwin to: Hitler, and communism, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-tung, and Dr. Josef Mengele, and the Occult, and the practice of euthanasia.
Klinghoffer then gives us a big quote from the article by Egnor. We’re going to skip it because we’ve seen enough from that guy. This is his write-up at the Encyclopedia of American Loons: Michael Egnor. Moving along, Klinghoffer then declares:
In other words, Darwinism provides a framework and pretext for totalitarian thinking, which sees itself as fulfilling an evolutionary destiny. You can have totalitarian tyranny without Darwin, but the idea of evolution paves the way.
Do you have any idea what he’s talking about? We don’t. Anyway, he continues:
Does this sound overstated? Melodramatic? [Or just plain crazy?] It would be interesting to ask Cliff Mass. [Who?] The University of Washington climate scientist took a two-hour walking tour last week through largely abandoned and boarded up downtown Seattle. From lockdown to looting and riot, our once-lovely city has been on a mad plunge to suicide.
Is this climate scientist going to blame the riots on Darwin? Let’s find out. Klinghoffer informs us:
On his blog [link omitted], Mass compared what has happened to the city to Kristallnacht, the November 9, 1938 “Night of Broken Glass” in Hitler’s Germany. An online mob came for Professor Mass for that one, and he got cancelled from his gig commenting on the weather — the weather! — for NPR. Analogies are always risky, especially when they encompass anything to do with the Nazis. But he wasn’t entirely off-base. While Nazis rampaged against Jewish businesses, Antifa and other “protestors” have targeted all business and normal life in general. The government in both cases winked at it, while good people were afraid to speak out.
It’s quite true that what’s happening in Seattle and other cities is the work of mindless mobs, so there’s some similarity to the work of other mobs in other times, but where is Klinghoffer going with this? Let’s excerpt a bit from his final paragraph:
In 2020, our culture could well be poised on the edge of something still darker than what we’ve seen so far. … The “pandemonium of late democracy” walks hand in hand with atomization, terror, and paralysis. The contribution of evolutionary ideology in getting us here should not be neglected.
That’s it, dear reader. We’re going through some crazy times, and the Discoveroids say it’s Darwin’s fault. What do you think?
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