Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Down On His Knees - But I Doubt He's Praying

Just when you thought John McCain couldn't sink any lower on the food chain, he manages to denegrate himself further.

On February 23, McCain will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon being held by the Discovery Institute, giving "his vision for the United States' role in the world." Now that's a scary thought.

But what is even scarier is that he is condescending himself to speak at this function. For those unfamiliar with the organization, the Discovery Institute is a think tank that started out promoting the idea of creationism/intelligent design. Located in Seattle, Washington, in 2004 the group set up an office in Washington, DC and hired the same public relations firm responsible for the Swift Boat ads, advertising for the RNC, the Christian Coalition and the Contract with America. Discovery has been involved in the Kansas School Board evolution controversy, the Dover, Pennsylvania School Board evolution fiasco, and was behind an amendment on evolution sponsored by the late, great man-on-dog Senator Rick Santorum.

Like most right wing, neoconservative faith based movements, Discovery uses deception and outright fraud to drive home its message. It promotes the idea that evolution is only a theory with no basis in fact. In addition, in Wikipedia, the Discovery Institute is “opposed to assisted suicide, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human genetic manipulation, human cloning, and the animal rights movement. Its economics and legal programs advocate tort reform, lower taxation, and reduced economic regulation of individuals and groups as the best economic policy. The Discovery Institute also maintains a foreign policy program currently focused on Russia and East Asia.”

Sounds like the perfect fit with the current administration. And it's nice to see that they're not boxing themselves in to just that creationism thing.

Discovery has gone so far as to hire professors and scientists (ala ExxonMobil) to prove their view of the world and to further cloud the theory of evolution. Their own website advertises for such positions:

If you have a Ph.D. in engineering, mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry, or one of the other natural sciences, and you agree with the following statement, "We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged," then please contact us at

If you are a medical doctor who is skeptical of Darwinian evolution please visit Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Integrity at and sign their list for doctors who dissent.

So much for intelligent design.

Nice going, John. I doubt anyone is going to take you seriously now.


At 2/14/2007 10:53:00 AM, Blogger eyedoc333 said...

I love their "ad", asking for scientists/Ph.D.'s who agree with their way of thinking to get in touch with them. You can bet that they want some sort of "credentialed spokesperson" to endorse their B.S. It also tells me that they don't have a heckuva alot of credible spokespeople in the organization, which is why they need the ad in the first place.

At 2/17/2007 12:46:00 AM, Blogger Fantod said...

Ha! I heard about this, too! Thanks for posting about it, IJ!

I think John McCain may be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. He's been abused, humiliated, and held up to public ridicule by the Bush administration so many times that now, in Dubya's waning days, McCain is actually turning into him. Repeating the cycle. It's a tragic irony that he should survive being a Vietnam war POW, just to return home and decades later succumb to the crushing will of evil, now a GOP POW.


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