Further to “New atheists score higher than conservative commentators on ‘certainty.’ Surprised?” we learned this morning that the Darwin Day “Censor of the Year” is University of Chicago Darwinist Jerry Coyne:
In 2013, Coyne was instrumental in pushing Ball State University in Indiana to formally ban teaching about the scientific theory of intelligent design (ID). The move represents a milestone in the drive to punish critics of Darwinian theory.
Working with the extremist Freedom From Religion Foundation, Coyne focused his attention on gagging untenured Ball State physicist Eric Hedin, who had taught an interdisciplinary course that included a bibliography with books favoring and criticizing ID.
Dr. Stephen Meyer, director of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture and author of the New York Times bestseller Darwin’s Doubt, explained the importance of the case: “The chilling effect extends everywhere in science. Scientists know that speaking openly about weaknesses in Darwinian theory or about intelligent design as an alternative can mean the end of a vulnerable scholar’s career. Hedin serves as an example to others.” More.
One of our direct contacts with him came when he held forth on the subject of the Columbine shooting—claiming it had nothing to do with Darwinism—unaware that our Barry Arrington, a lawyer working on the case, was a world class expert in the subject and knew full well that Darwinism was in fact the philosophy of the main shooter.
Did the facts matter? Nada. No facts can matter if they contradict Darwinism.
Darwinian evolution, you see, is True, which goes way beyond fact, and by definition justifies the oppression of dissenters.
Otherwise, generations will grow up not knowing Why Evolution Is True.
See also: Censor of the Year is not an honor
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