Things are stranger than ever at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute. They just posted Turning Our Dead into Fertilizer, written by Wesley J. Smith, whom they describe as a “Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.”
Does the title of Wesley’s post sound like it has anything to do with Darwin’s theory of evolution, or the Discoveroids’ “theory” that their intelligent designer — blessed be he! — created the universe, the Earth, and our own splendid species? That’s the question to keep in mind as we go through his post. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Oregon is the third state to legalize the composting of human bodies — called natural organic reduction — as a means of disposition of remains. From the KOIN story:
[Wesley quotes from a TV station in Portland, Oregon:] Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 2574 Tuesday. The bill will legalize what’s known as natural organic reduction, or what some refer to as human composting. It also clarifies rules surrounding alkaline hydrolysis, known as aqua cremation. The law goes into effect July 1, 2022.
We know what you’re thinking: What in the world does this have to do with intelligent design? Stay with us. Perhaps we’ll find out. Wesley says:
Aqua cremation is liquifying remains [link omitted] to be poured down the sewer. Supposedly, composting the dead is a way of honoring the environment:
Wesley quotes again from the TV station:
Fournier [She owns a funeral service] hopes having the option of natural organic reduction readily available in Oregon will be a desirable option for many people. “This is Oregon! People love their parks, people love their trails, people love their nature, people love their composting and that idea that somebody can become a tree… I think that’s really thrilling for people to know that their remains can absolutely help the environment,” she said.
Thrilling indeed! Wesley then gives us his view of things:
This seems very different from cremation, a practice that has been with us for thousands of years. Cremation is usually carried out with great respect. People place the urns of loved ones in cemetery niches, in home shrines, or respectfully scattered at sea or in rose gardens. (Yes, the cremated end up in closets, too.) I know that some faiths oppose cremation because it is perceived as denigrating to the importance of the body in the totality of the human person. To say the least, being turned into compost or sewage takes that issue to a wholly different level.
He then tells us his opinion of this sewage situation:
Look. I am not against legalizing these means of disposition. But it strikes me that pouring our dead down sewers or turning them into a form of fertilizer [Link omitted!] tells us something about our view of human life and its meaning. Indeed, these methods send a powerful symbolic statement that we are essentially nothing more than carbon atoms gathered temporarily in a rational and animated form. [Ooooooooooooh! That’s Darwinism!] Here today and gone tomorrow without so much as a trace to mark that we ever existed, or ultmimately [sic], that it mattered.
Now we see the connection — a bit tenuous — to the Discoveroids’ activities. Wesley continues:
At some point, why not, “Soylent Green is people!”? That would be the ultimate in enviromental body recycling.
That was a quote from a novel that was turned into a movie — about cannibalism. See Soylent Green. Does it seem that Wesley is getting carried away by this news from Oregon? It doesn’t matter; he’s a Discoveroid. Anyway, here’s the end of his post:
Hyberbole aside, to say the least, this trend is not metaphysically neutral. It tells us something about the current state of our culture.
Yes, the culture is collapsing — and it’s all Darwin’s fault!
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