After Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Faye Flam took the Discovery Institute to task for their Hitler obsession and constant violations of Godwin’s law, Disco. ‘tute fellow Richard Weikart struck back, insisting, “I have spoken with intelligent Darwinists who admit point-blank that they do not have any grounds to condemn Hitler.” This is patent bullcrap, but that’s nothing new for the Seattle-based belief tank. Weikart didn’t, of course, say which scientists he’d heard say this, so there’s no way to independently verify his claim.
Flam flew to the fracas again, wondering why creationists insist on using the inaccurate and pejorative term “Darwinist,” and pointing out that Weikart is wrong about how evolutionary biologists regard human life.
In response, the Disco. ‘tute trotted out an unsigned blog post that fairly drips with misogyny. Riffing off of Flam’s blog post title, the Disco. DJ scratches his crotch and grunts:
Ms. Flam, if we had in fact spanked you, you would know it.
Let’s be grateful that he didn’t add: “Now fetch my dinner.”
How can I be so sure the unsigned post was written by a man? Because there are no active female bloggers at the DI blog (Anika Smith is still listed as a contributor, but DI’s Casey Luskin assures me that she’s moved on). Indeed, of 50 fellows and staff listed as being associated with the Disco. ‘tute’s creationist wing, only one fellow (Nancy Pearcey) and 5 staffers are women. One of the 6 women listed is Anika Smith, again, who is no longer at the ‘tute. One of the women is their education coordinator, two are involved in fundraising, another is involved in sales and marketing. Perhaps their positions don’t require them to deal with whichever misogynist penned this latest screed, or maybe they’ve just bought into the evangelical notion of wifely submission.
Since no one signed the piece, it’s fair to assume that all the ENV authors endorse this sort of casual humor about sexual assault. If not, I’d urge them to publicly distance themselves from this boorish behavior, and tell us which of their cowardly colleagues was willing to post this, but not put his name on it.