The Discovery Institute is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Darwin on Trial, the mediocre book that inspired their movement. As part of the celebration, David Berlinski pounded out one of his typical droning missives from his recliner in Paris. As happens so often with the Disco. ‘tute, there’s little novelty to the argument, but along the way he managed to stick a thumb in the eye of anyone living with a disability:
In Darwin on Trial, …[i]t was the great case of Darwin et al v. the Western Religious Tradition that occupied his attention. The issue had been joined long before Johnson wrote. But the case had not been decided. It had not been decisively decided and like some terrifying cripple, it had continued to bang its crutches through all the lower courts of Hell and Dover, Pennsylvania.
First, “cripple” is not the preferred term and hasn’t been for a long time. Second, people who use crutches are not “terrifying.” Third, I’m not sure why Berlinski is consigning anyone who uses crutches to “the lower courts of Hell.” I do know where he and whoever let him put this on the Disco. ‘tute website and in the DI Twitter stream can go.