Freedom Fighter Kevin Wirth Fights Freedom
Inspired by the minor motion picture! You’ve gagged through the movie, now gag through the book! Yes, if you couldn’t get enough of the movie that is coming soon to a $1 bargain bin near you, now you can read about even more made-up stories of “Darwin-doubter” persecution!
Crackpot creatard Kevin Wirth hopes to cash in on the Ben Stein blandwagon. He’s publishing a book by one of the “hundreds” of alleged expellees, Jerry Bergman. As we saw yesterday, Bergman wasn’t “expelled” for being a creationist. He was fired for lying about his credentials.
Kevin has given his book the rather salacious title Slaughter of the Dissidents. Let’s see what Kevin says on the book’s web page:
By now you’ve probably heard about that infamous movie so many people are talking about called EXPELLED, starring Ben Stein.… I urge you to hurry up and go check it out while it’s still playing for a limited engagement at your local theatre.
It’s a limited engagement, because the auditoriums are empty! Despite a strong opening weekend (due to subsidized tickets), word of mouth killed this turd deader than Kevin’s chances of actually understanding evolution.
Slaughter of the Dissidents picks up where that movie “Expelled” leaves off.… On another front, perhaps you’ve heard about the Evolution Academic Freedom Bill making the rounds in various states these days?… The purpose of this bill is to protect the rights of students and educators to dissent with aspects of evolution without fear of reprisal. Yep, it’s become so bad we need to pass a law to protect these people! Actually, our existing laws should be sufficient, but the courts have seen fit not to uphold the rights of victims of this type of discrimination.
That’s because there are very few, if any, victims at all. The courts have found in almost all cases that no discrimination occurred.
As you read it you’ll discover that one of the most precious things we own is at risk, right here in America. What is that? In a word,FREEDOM
Freedom to disagree without losing your job or being denied an earned degree. Freedom to tell people you dare to question any aspect of evolution on scientific grounds – without referencing any religious text.
Really, Kevin? And just what would those scientific grounds be? You never present any. Instead, you just whine that people who pretend to have some and never show it are victims.
Now How Much Would You Pay?
And speaking of religion, it looks like we live in an era where freedom OF religion has been twisted to mean freedom FROM religion.
Actually, Kevin, freedom of religion has always included freedom from religion. But that sure is a bizarre thing to bring up right now, isn’t it Kevin? I thought your whole argument for your creationism these days was that it wasn’t religious. Now you suddenly need to bring up religious freedom? Why does that cut so close to home when you’re talking about doubting evolution?
And the reaction of those who seek to harm Darwin skeptics for their crime of doubt is palpable, almost visceral.… The modern evolutionary elitist thugs leave no stone unturned in the wake of their rabid assault againt [sic] the freedoms of Darwin skeptics.
Kevin’s putrid purple prose is pathetic. People with such overwhelming persecution complexes are usually confined to mental institutions. When’s the last time you were evaluated, Kevin?
The root of this issue is freedom (not the self-serving sanctity of science as the opponents of Darwin skeptics argue…)
No Kevin. You’re wrong on both counts. It’s not about the “self-serving sanctity of science” (whatever that means). It’s that creationists like you are pretending that there is reasonable doubt about evolution, so you can sneak your disguised religion—”intelligent design” creationism—into the public schools, in violation of the First Amendment. You are the enemy of freedom here. You are trying to infringe upon our most precious freedom. The freedom of (and from) religion.
The author of this book, Dr. Jerry Bergman, has been the victim of this type of discrimination himself.
No. As we discussed yesterday, he hasn’t.
There is no one better qualified than Jerry to bring you this book.
No. Somebody who actually was the victim of this type of discrimination is better qualified than Jerry to bring us this book. Tell you what, Kevin. You go find that person, if he exists, and then we’ll read your book.
But Wait! There’s More!
Next, Kevin gives us some highlights of this book. OK, if we must. Let’s slog through them:
Which sitting jurist actually ruled on one of these cases before he was appointed to the Supreme Cour? [sic]
I don’t know, but I hope your book is better proofread than this ad.
When is it OK to teach ID or creationism at most universities?
In comparative mythology classes.
What are the landmines you absolutely must avoid if you are an educator?
Teaching creationism! (duh!)
What is the most common (but incorrect) assumption made by most Darwin Doubting educators that often leads to their termination?
Believing that there is legitimate scientific doubt about evolution.
What are the various situations that have spelled doom for the careers of hundreds of educators and scientists?
Wasting time talking about creationism instead of doing legitimate research and getting published in peer-reviewed journals.
Is it really true that there are no peer-reviewed articles published in reputable science journals written by Darwin skeptics?
No. Anti-evolutionists have been published, but they confine their articles to matters not directly linked to evolution. There have been no creationism articles published in legitimate peer-reviewed journals.
What academic institutions have had incidents where educators were let go, or were pressured to change their curricula, or were thwarted in some way from getting a degree or were marked down on their grades?
I don’t know. There sure weren’t any in Expelled.
But You Won’t Pay $300! You Won’t Pay $200! In Fact, You Won’t Even Pay $100!
As is typical in internet marketing, there’s no price listed at the end of the ad. In fact, you can’t even buy the book. He says it’s being released on May 30th. Instead, he tries to get you onto his mailing list, where he can ply you with spam after spam, extolling the virtues of the book, until he’s managed to expel every one of your brain cells and you buy the book. In exchange for getting spammed, Kevin promises to send you a free chapter of the book.
I’m taking a bullet for you people here. I gave him my email address, so I could get the free chapter. We’ll look at that tomorrow.