Anti-evolutionists are feeling pretty good about themselves, so confident they’ve got the godless on the run that their analogy generation skills are shot.
From the crypto-creationist Discovery Institute’s evolutionnews.org [clever name to propagandize the unwary evolution-curious!] comes a metaphor for the ages: “Creation scientists” are Mao Tse Tung, and Beijing is theirs!
“After 1949 when China went Communist, American anti-Communists in their anguish turned on fellow Americans, seeking to pin the blame somewhere and prompting the famous “Who Lost China?” debate. Evolutionists lately have been following this same path, bewailing the public’s continued discontent with Darwinism and support for academic-freedom legislation, and looking for someone to blame, even if that someone is on the Darwinists’ own side.”
Proof for this headscratcher comes of course from The Atlantic, where Robert Wright knows who to blame: pushy atheists!
In simpler times only Wright recalls, godless and god-smacked respected one another, we all liked Ike, and god apparently wasn’t shoved into the Pledge of Allegiance or onto our coins.
Other than dates and such, right on the money!
Dawkins’ god squad warnings appeared in 2006, seven years after the Discovery Institute’s “The Wedge”
appeared, laying out their strategy for stealth creationism, itself a cleaned up version of the god-struck’s historic strategy.
When called on facts and chronology Wright doubled down on absolving creationists and climate denialists:
First off, demand creates its own supply? Second, why is Wright pretending this is about hurt feelings rather than power and ideology? Creationism and climate denial can have roots in religious beleaf, but its whole mobilization infestructure is paid for by somebody
. Given their Libertarian pretensions I suspect the Koch
brothers may be godless Randians, but they are happy to use the armies of the lord as carbon war cannon fodder.
The Discovery Institute’s analogy does work somewhat about Wright , but on the McCarthy period’s opposite side. Wright is today’s version of a beloved political type
, the liberal or ex-socialist claiming that others on the left created McCarthyism by their insufficient anti-communism.
From Arthur Schlesinger’s eager distinction drawing:
To ex-Trotskyite Irving Kristol’s judgement that
“.. there is one thing that the American people know about Senator McCarthy: he, like them, is unequivocally anti-Communist. About the spokesmen for American liberalis they feel they know no such thing.”
Lets certify that Communisim was feared, but McCarthy was looking for means of doing in domestic enemies. The fall of Beijing was to cause the fall of Washington.
Later day former leftist Ronald Radosh still swoons for Kristol’s Lattimore stylings.
Its unclear if Radosh read the report
, which is a mishmash of testimony excerpts and theories often proving the opposite of what it claims.* Radosh even boasts about Kristol’s outing Lattimore as an opponent of Japanese imperialism in China:
…without pausing to consider the Soviet’s then ally, or the consequences of backing Japan: Chiang Kai-Shek’s demise fifteen years early.
*After detailing an instance where Lattimore did the opposite of what a communist had asked him to do in editing, the Committee said he was still a bad person, and never mind: “From the communist point of view, a given book or article may be to their interest, even designedly to their interest, though in quantity 95 percent of it is neutral or non communist” [page 95]
So no defense then!