The Discovery Institute Is A Con-Profit Scam

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Yesterday, David Klinghoffer, a fellow at the creationist “think tank” the Discovery Institute and the author of the absurdly titled book How Would God Vote?: Why the Bible Commands You to Be a Conservative,forcefully demonstrated the ways in which he and the Discovery Institute engage in blatant intellectual dishonesty. Shortly after Zack Kopplin routed Klinghoffer’s colleague Casey Luskin on a national radio show, Klinghoffer took to the Discovery Institute’s website and published an article titled “Zack Kopplin Thinks Louisianans Are Stupid,” an argument he based, entirely, by lifting and grossly mischaracterizing a single sentence from a story Zack told about his experience as a thirteen-year-old kid at summer camp in Connecticut.

For those familiar with the tactics of the Discovery Institute, it’s probably unsurprising that Klinghoffer “quote-mined” from Zack’s speech in order to advance a lie. After all, manipulating other people’s words is one of the Discovery Institute’s hallmarks. Still, this seemed different: Klinghoffer wasn’t simply cherry-picking a couple of sentences from an academic journal to criticize evolution; he was distorting a personal story about being a thirteen-year-old at summer camp to level a spurious and, in my opinion, defamatory personal attack, all in attempt to discredit Zack’s character, not his arguments. And of course, it is laughable and pathetic and obviously mean-spirited. The real issue, however, is not David Klinghoffer’s dishonesty; it’s that David Klinghoffer published his attack under the masthead of a tax-exempt, tax-deductible organization.

And it got me thinking: What, exactly, is the Discovery Institute? Why are they tax-exempt? Why does the United States allow them to operate as a charitable organization? And when people donate to the Discovery Institute, what, exactly, are they getting in return, aside from a tax deduction?

Written By: Lamar White Jr.
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  1. The thing Jesus went on and on about was treating the poor well. In that Jesus was well to the left of any American or Canadian political party.

    He had no concept of freedom of religion. It was his way or hellfire. That was right wing.

    He had contempt for nuclear families. He announced he wanted to destroy them. I can’t think of any political party that espouses this.

    He would not have done well as a Green party candidate after blasting the fig tree for not bearing figs out of season. He was a bit nuts. He might have made it as a radio talk show host.

    He believed in prayer and exorcism as the only legitimate forms of medicine. This would align him with the political right.

    He behaved very much as if he were gay. At least if he behaved that way today, he would definitely be pegged as gay. He was pretty open about it. He was not closeted enough for the Republicans. I wrote an essay elaborating this called “Was Jesus Gay”.

    Jesus has a much better reputation than he deserves. Today he would be dismissed as a loon, like some guy with an “The world ends on May 12″ sign.

  2. “And when people donate to the Discovery Institute, what, exactly, are they getting in return, aside from a tax deduction?” Exactly the same as what they get when they donate to the collection plate on a Sunday – nothing. Nothing apart from empty words and hollow promises that any person can make.

  3. It would be hugely amusing if Klinghoffer’s attack leads to an IRS investigation which costs them their charitable statue..

    It just confirms something I’ve always thought, which is that religious people don’t know what they are saying, they make statements without considering their full implications then have to redefine, distort or lie about what they meant later.

    I can already hear the creationists whining “this is an attack on religion”, to which the response is “I thought it was supposed to be a science organisation, that’s what they claim anyway”.

    • In reply to #6 by N_Ellis:

      It would be hugely amusing if Klinghoffer’s attack leads to an IRS investigation which costs them their charitable statue..

      It just confirms something I’ve always thought, which is that religious people don’t know what they are saying, they make statements without considering their full implication…

      To N_Ellis :

      Ooooh no no ! YOU BET they know perfectly well what they are saying ! !

      These people are merely… desperately clutching, again and again, on their miserable hoard ! !

      Frank Zappa called one of his LPs “We’re only in it for the money”…. but these illusionists didn’t wait for FZ to practice it : it’s the very foundation of their bizness ! They’ve been practicing it for 1630 years.

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