Monday, December 08, 2008

A NEW LOW: LA Times publishes drivel from Discovery Institute

Perhaps in a lame attempt to shake things up and appear edgy, today the Los Angeles Times' featured guest editorial was a piece of rubbish on ghosts and faith, delivered by David Klinghoffer, a fellow at the Discovery Institute.

Readers should know the Discovery Institute is well-known haven for right wing cranks intent on trying to shove the teaching of creationism into public schooling and generating "controversies" disputing Darwin's theory of evolution.

Of course, they don't see it quite that negatively.

This recent opinion piece pretty much sums up what the Disovery Institute is about:

"To the chagrin of the science thought police, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law an act to protect teachers who want to encourage critical thinking about hot-button science issues such as global warming, human cloning, and yes, evolution and the origin of life," writes some Discovery Institute ninny for the National Review Online, another haven for right wing crankery.

"Opponents allege that the Louisiana Science Education Act is 'anti-science.' In reality, the opposition’s efforts to silence anyone who disagrees with them is the true affront to scientific inquiry."

Yeah, sure.

At one time or another, the Discovery Institute has probably been condemned by every legitimate scientific organization concerned with education in the United States. And it's fair to say that the Discovery Institute has been a menace to the teaching of science and critical thinking in this country.

So what does the Times opinion piece deal with?


Here's the nut of it: If your faith is "pallid," writes Klinghoffer, you're more likely to believe in them. That's because your religious life isn't up to snuff and since humans need to believe in something, when the true faith is lacking, one is more likely to believe in ghosts and the paranormal.

"Indeed, US polling data from Gallup, reported by Baylor University researchers, shows that belief in the occult is more common among non- or infrequent church-goers or those belonging to liberal Protestant denomination than it is among frequent churchgoers and conservative evangelicals," claims Klinghoffer.

It's worth mentioning that Baylor University just happens to be one of those venues known to be chock full of frequent churchgoers and conservative evangelicals. (Who used to hate dancing, too.)

"Religious leaders representing respectable faiths, intimidated by secular prejudice, may wish to take note as they scan the empty pews," pronounces Klinghoffer.

Put another way -- insufficiently religious secular scum liberals believe in ghosts, the paranormal and the occult because their churchly life isn't rich, it's "pallid." Clear?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but according to Roky Erickson, "If you have ghosts... you have everything!"

Who ya gonna believe, some skeptic or a guy who's a certified schizophrenic?

Excuse me, gotta go: Haizman's brain is calling!

1:29 PM  

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