I’ve always found the Discovery Institute to be an odd bunch. And I have found it odder that some people don’t always see them as an odd bunch. A burning question, when one is dealing with an anti-science organization like the DI, is whether these are honest, albeit delusional, people with whom positive engagement is worthwhile, or whether they are liars bent on ripping our culture apart and destroying the foundations of our society, who need to be met and answered with harsh and intense condemnation.
Well, I just happened to bump into this little obscenity yesterday. A DI fellow, writing in the interval between the election and the January 6 coup attempts, wrote to endorse the coup.
Now, I have the sense that sometimes some people roll their eyes a bit when it is suggested that the DI is filled with authoritarian theocrats and the like. But with this sort of thing going on, who really can be fooled by the DI’s pretensions at civilization? Who really can say that he believes the DI keeps pushing its bizarre views purely out of some honest belief that IDC is scientifically credible? How many badges and banners of the war to destroy our culture does the DI have to display before we can all acknowledge what the DI really is?