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Friday, July 27, 2007

Discovery Institute accused of Jim Crowism

The Darwinists have long accused critics of Darwinism of being holocaust deniers and anti-Semites -- now the Darwinists are accusing them of Jim Crowism. A post titled "The Return of Jim Crow" in the Red State Rabble blog said,
On June 28, the Supreme Court, led by Bush Administration appointees, restricted the ability of public school districts to use race to determine which schools students can attend. As the court's minority pointed out in sharply worded dissents, that decision will, as the majority no doubt intended, sharply limit racial integration of public schools across the nation.

Where does the Discovery Institute -- you know, the ones who claim Darwin's theory of evolution is racist -- stand on this issue?

Well, John R. Miller, a member of Parents Involved in Community Schools, which sued the Seattle school district over its racial tiebreaker plan, is guess what, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, and he's written an Op-Ed in the Seattle Times to tell us.

Discovery's Miller wants the country's history of racial segregation forgotten. Where once the opponents of integration blocked the school house doors to proclaim "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever" they now demand an absolutely color blind system for placing children in public schools. And if that just happens to re-segregate public schools across the country, as white supremacists such as George,Wallace, Bull Connor, Lester Maddox, and Strom Thumond fought to do, well that's just too bad.

"As someone who grew up in Mississippi and Alabama during the civil rights movement," evangelical theologian Charles Marsh recently told Robin Reid at Politico, "my reading is that the conservative Christian movement never was able to distinguish itself from the segregationist movement, and that is one of the reasons I find so much of the rhetoric familiar -- and unsettling."

Those on the Christian right, such as Miller and the Discovery Institute, standing on the shoulders of the segregationists who came before them, want to whittle away at the gains made by the Civil Rights movement.

To do that they've learned to appropriate the language of the civil rights fighters they once opposed. These days they talk more about Lincoln and diversity than race mixing and miscegenation. Neighborhood schools have replaced state's rights.

They no longer erect billboards calling for the impeachment of Earl Warren, instead they try to take credit for the Warren Court's Brown vs. Board of Education ruling even as they twist its intent and labor tirelessly to lead us back to the days of Jim Crow.

The unscrupulous Darwinists will stop at nothing in their efforts to smear critics of Darwinism.

BTW, IMO the Supreme Court got it right in that ruling of last June 28. The basic principle of Brown v. Board of Education is that students may not be assigned to schools on the basis of race. The June 28 ruling is consistent with that principle.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like the "Darwinists" have a good case here. It shows many of the anti-Darwinists as the right wing whackos that they are. How can you object to a realistic description of your fellow anti-Darwinist whackos?

Saturday, July 28, 2007 4:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Emanuel Goldstein said...

Darwin was a racist elitist, who never held an academic post in his life, and thought women were intellectually inferior.

Believing that he "savage" "races" would be wiped out by the civilized "races" he praised the work of the Father of Eugenics, Francis Galton (and Darwins first cousin) in the Descent of man.

I mean, how low can a man go and still be praised as some kind of hero?

Saturday, July 28, 2007 1:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Rob Hinkley said...

"The Darwinists have long accused critics of Darwinism of being holocaust deniers and anti-Semites"

I don't know of any such accusations being made generally. It is possible people accuse you of being those things, but that's because you are a holocaust denier.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 2:21:00 PM  

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