Discovery Institute—The Modern Martin Luther King
(Image from the Discovery Institute)
The geniuses over at the Discovery Institute have just now discovered that you can’t believe everything you see in print (if only they’d apply this lesson to the Bible or their own website). In response to an article they just read in the Seattle Times, the DI has posted a blubbering article on their website: “Notice to Students: Wikipedia No Longer an Acceptable Source”:
According to a recent article in the Seattle Times, “School officials unite in banning Wikipedia,” because “[t]here have been many cases of incorrect information on the Web site, some of which has been biased.”
I reported on this way back in March of this year! It was in response to a nationally-reported story on MSNBC. I guess until something shows up in their local paper, the Discovery Institute remains clueless. If that’s the case, what can we do to get the Seattle Times to publish a story explaining evolution?
The DI continues:
The article reports that sadly, “A teacher researching Martin Luther King Jr. found white supremacist information in his entry.”
Yes, just go onto Wikipedia’s history page for any controversial subject, and you’ll find racist or similarly-retarded comments scattered among the prior versions. The hate-filled misinformation usually doesn’t last long on the popular articles, because somebody will spot it quickly and remove it. More obscure articles are likely to retain bad content for a bit longer. Unfortunately, some people are bound to read the bad versions before they get corrected. All it takes is one person peeing in the pool to ruin the swim for everybody else.
But if the DI is so all-fired concerned about people inserting misinformation into wiki articles, they should direct their wrath to the real culprit: fundie-approved Conservapedia. First of all, most of the articles there that haven’t been tampered with are packed full of misinformation. But even funnier is that Conservapedia articles are probably sabotaged way more frequently than anything on Wikipedia. Here’s an article I wrote about vandalism on the Conservapedia Kangaroo page.
Getting back to the DI’s article:
Dr. King is one of my personal heroes. His perseverance in support of a just cause, and his calls for civil, reasoned responses to false personal attacks and persecution should be seen as a model for any ID proponent on how to behave in the present political climate. [emphasis in original]
So now they’re comparing themselves to Martin Luther King, Jr.! That’s so insultingly, stupefyingly arrogant that it leaves me speechless! Have they been arrested? Have they had police dogs and firehoses turned on them? Have assassins been shooting at them? Their position (creationism) is so right and true, and they’re being oppressed by the big bad establishment scientists that they’re kindred spirits with Dr. King. They’re the inheritors of his legacy!