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Orwellian Doublethink and Discoveroid Creationism

This is the most astonishing post we’ve ever seen at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute. It’s titled Doublethink: Censor of the Year Calls for Free Speech, and 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. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

It’s been decades since I first read 1984, but it clearly is a book for our current cultural and political moment. I bought a copy at a used book store the other day and the tattooed and purple-haired young lady at the register gave me a curious glance. She commented, “Oh, I’ve had other people asking about this book. Why are you reading it now?” I wasn’t going to get into a discussion about current events, but I couldn’t entirely stop myself. I said, “Well, it just seemed timely.” [Skipping unimportant stuff.] It was almost, but not quite, a conversation from Orwell’s dystopian novel, where truth can barely be hinted at, and then carefully covered over, never stated outright.

After that nonsensical introduction, says:

Even more Orwellian was a comment in a New York Times article that a colleague passed around last night with some amusement. The Times reports, “ M.I.T.’s Choice of Lecturer Ignited Criticism. So Did Its Decision to Cancel”. The lecturer is Dorian Abbot, “a scientist who has opposed aspects of affirmative action.” Well, that’s enough to get you canceled.

What’s so Orwellian about that article? Klinghoffer tells us:

Among those weighing in on the topic was, of all people, our Censor of the Year from 2014, atheist and evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne at the University of Chicago.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Everyone around here knows about Jerry Coyne. That’s a link to his Wikipedia write-up. We recently discussed the controversy that made him such a popular subject around here — see A Book about the Ball State Imbroglio. The Discoveroids were — and still are — furious that Coyne was able to snuff out a course that taught creationism. Klinghoffer continues:

A pioneer of cancel culture [Hee hee!], Coyne earned that distinction by using his own clout to squash a young physicist, Eric Hedin, who was then teaching at Ball State University. Hedin’s thoughtcrime (Orwell’s term) was to introduce his students to intelligent design. Acting in concert with the bullies at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Coyne got Hedin canceled.

Well, he got Hedin’s course cancelled. Let’s read on:

The idea was to put the less powerful scientist down the memory hole (Orwell again), but they didn’t entirely succeed. Hedin is still teaching [at Biola. a bible college], though no longer at Ball State, and he tells his story in a recent book, Canceled Science: What Some Atheists Don’t Want You to See. [Link omitted!]

We wrote about that book a few months ago — see Eric Hedin’s Book Explains the Whole Universe. Back to Klinghoffer:

Cut to 2021 and here is the same Jerry Coyne, now presented without irony as a free speech advocate! From the Times story:

[Klinghoffer quotes Heden:] “I thought scientists would not get on board with the denial-of-free-speech movement,” said Jerry Coyne, an emeritus professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Chicago. “I was absolutely wrong, 100 percent so.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Preventing a creationist from teaching Oogity Boogity in a state university’s science class is a denial of free speech! Then Klinghoffer goes really wild:

Coyne, who punched down, canceled Eric Hedin, and never apologized, deplores what he calls the “denial-of-free-speech movement.” Try to wrap your mind around that one. George Orwell had the perfect word. In 1984, he called it “doublethink”:

Verily, the mind boggles! Klinghoffer babbles on for a bit, but we’re skipping most of it. Here’s our last excerpt:

Doublethink is one tool by which the prestige of science is used to hypnotize the public on behalf of a materialist picture of reality. Another is intimidation and bullying.

Okay, that’s enough. We can’t think of any witty way to end this post, because Klinghoffer has temporarily scrambled our brains. If you, dear reader, can read his post and still keep your wits intact, then let us hear from you.

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Is Google Free To Refuse an Ad? Ask Hambo!

This one is strange — especially because it comes from a source that has a somewhat controversial message. We’re talking about what we just found at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham, (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.

Hambo’s new post is titled YouTube and Google to Stop Monetizing “Climate Change Deniers”. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

You’re likely very aware of the censorship increasingly taking place by “Big Tech” (companies such as Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). From [examples of anti-abortion ads], these massive corporations are doing everything they can to impose their anti-God worldview, their religion, on the culture. [Gasp!] And there’s another recent example [Link omitted!] of their militancy in blocking those they disagree with.

Another example? What could it be? Hambo says:

Google and YouTube have made the decision to “stop monetizing content with creators that deny climate change.” [Egad!] This means those who make money (sometimes make their living) off their content via ads and creator payments will no longer be able to do so if they question the narrative when it comes to the issue of catastrophic, man-made climate change.

Hambo explains:

Reportedly, “This includes content referring to climate change as a hoax or a scam, claims denying that long-term trends show the global climate is warming, and claims denying that greenhouse gas emissions or human activity contribute to climate change.” [Hambo’s source for that quote is unknown.] In other words — question the narrative and big tech will make sure you can’t make a living!

What is Hambo trying to say — that if an organization accepts ads, then no advertisement can be refused, regardless of what the advertiser claims? Let’s find out. Hambo continues:

So, if we were to say that one has to believe in the true history of world as given in the Bible and understand the effects of the global flood and the ice age it generated as being a major cause of climate change, we could also be targeted.

Shocking. Absolutely shocking. Let’s read on:

Google claims they are “making these changes in response to frustration from advertisers and content creators about their messages appearing alongside climate denialism.” But, based on their history of censoring anything they don’t like, it’s not a stretch to say de-monetizing these videos is meant to decrease the amount of content that they disagree with and to help make sure no one sees it.

This is absolutely diabolical! Another excerpt:

Censorship of a conservative worldview or of an interpretation that disagrees with the mainstream narrative is only going to increase. [How horrible!] Christians, in particular, are going to be pushed off these platforms as the world becomes more anti-God and anti-Bible.

Imagine a world where Hambo couldn’t advertise his enterprises on Google. No — that’s too horrible to contemplate. And now we come to the end:

We need to be prepared for what is coming and determine to continue preaching the truth of God’s Word and the gospel message no matter the consequences.

Hambo is so courageous!

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Good News Free Fire Zone

You’re wondering about the good news that our title promises, aren’t you? We won’t keep you in suspense. The good news is that we can’t find any creationist news out there, and the creationist websites haven’t posted anything that we can play with. Therefore, we’re on our own.

We keep asking if you think Biden is doing a good job, but no one ever responds. Why is that? Come on, you never had any difficulty criticizing Trump, so now that he’s gone there’s gotta be something you can boast about. Let’s hear it!

Alas, all we can hear is crickets. Why is that? Anyway, we’re declaring another Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Use the comments for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!

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Too Busy for a Real Post, so Free Fire Zone

Things are really hopping around here in the Curmudgeon’s secret underground headquarters, so we won’t be able to whip up a real post today.

Therefore, we’re declaring another Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You think Biden’s doing a great job? Tell us about it. You think he’s the most catastrophically incompetent boob to ever become President? Tell us about that.

Use the comments for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!

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