Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Steve Matheson pens an Open Letter...

to Stephen Meyer:
3. Your Discovery Institute is a horrific mistake, an epic intellectual tragedy that is degrading the minds of those who consume its products and bringing dishonor to you and to the church. It is for good reason that Casey Luskin is held in such extreme contempt by your movement's critics, and there's something truly sick about the pattern of attacks that your operatives launched in the weeks after the Biola event. It's clear that you have a cadre of attack dogs that do this work for you, and some of them seem unconstrained by standards of integrity. I can't state this strongly enough: the Discovery Institute is a dangerous cancer on the Christian intellect, both because of its unyielding commitment to dishonesty and because of its creepy mission to undermine science itself. I'd like to see you do better, but I have no such hope for your institute. It needs to be destroyed, and I will do what I can to bring that about.

My own feeling, on good days, is that Casey Luskin is actually an embedded atheist. If PZ Myers was covertly paying him to write specious moronic press releases, carefully designed to make Christian arguments look as stupid as possible, it's hard to imagine how he could do worse....


Crude said...
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Crude said...

"Attack dogs"? "Unconstrained by standards of integrity"? "Bringing dishonor to you and to the church"?

Pot, kettle, black.

And really, John - do you think, even from some grimly tactical point of view, that it's a good idea to accuse someone you disagree with of closet atheism? Because frankly, Matheson himself is open to the same exact charge.

Except in Matheson's case, we have someone who almost exclusively, and vitriolically, attacks fellow Christians and keeps strangely about atheists.

Either way, this whole reaction seems to be borne more out of ego than anything else. Matheson should lighten up - so he did poorly in a debate and came off looking bad. It happens. Freaking out to this degree and grandstanding about "destroying" his "enemies" doesn't help.