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Friend of the blog Enemy of the blog (and anti-evolutionist, and Discovery Institute waterboy, and loathsome human being) David Klinghoffer gloats that the Holocaust Museum shooter was an “evolutionist,” based on his demented writings:

As with ALL LIBERAL ideologies, miscegenation is totally inconsistent with Natural Law: the species are improved through in-breeding, natural selection and mutation. Only the strong survive. Cross-breeding Whites with species lower on the evolutionary scale diminishes the White gene-pool while increasing the number of physiologically, psychologically and behaviorally deprived mongrels.

Unfortunately for his disgusting gloating, the cited passage demonstrates misunderstandings of evolutionary theory on par with the ones that Klinghoffer and friends routinely propound. Shall we count the ways?

1. “Natural Law” has nothing whatsoever to do with “miscegenation” — it mainly promotes Chopric practices like Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying

2. Inbreeding does not typically improve a species, unless you consider having only two toes (like Cletus) an improvement.

3. Lots of the “non-strong” survive. In fact, in today’s Web 2.0 economy, the Super Crunchers and the AJAX programmers are totally outsurviving the strong, most of whom work at soon-to-be-defunct government-owned automobile manufacturers.

4. There is no such thing as “lower on the evolutionary scale.” In fact, there is no such thing as an “evolutionary scale.” There is an evolutionary tree, which I am surprised that the Discovery Institute has not tried to deface; however, its different levels refer not to different species but to different granularities of species-grouping. Species can be closer on the evolutionary tree. They can be farther. They cannot be higher or lower.

None of this stops Klinghoffer from his demented accusations:

No, he doesn’t cite Darwin by name in the part of his book that’s readable online — the first 6 of 12 chapters. But do you get the general drift?

Yes, we get the general drift. The general drift is that a white-supremacist jackass who doesn’t understand evolutionary theory in the slightest (but who haphazardly and illogically appropriated some of its concepts to buttress his terrible pre-existing racist theories) went on a shooting spree. And also that there is apparently no depth that Klinghoffer, as part of his tireless crusade to impugn any science that contradicts the superstitious beliefs bequeathed to him by his cavemen ancestors, will not stoop to in order to promote his nonsense.

That’s the “drift” you had in mind, right?

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Nothing, if you believe the RIAA-scripted talking points regurgitated by our friends at Everyday Christian:

Under current copyright legislation, downloading music for free is definitely theft under letter of the law.

Although I really shouldn’t expect someone writing on a site called “Everyday Christian” to be able to accurately describe the world, I can’t resist pointing out that his post would be truer if he’d said “Under current copyright legislation, downloading copyrighted music for free is possibly theft under letter of the law.

However, accuracy is not really on the agenda:

One credible analysis by the Institute for Policy Innovation concludes that global music piracy causes $12.5 billion of economic losses every year, 71,060 U.S. jobs lost, a loss of $2.7 billion in workers’ earnings, and a loss of $422 million in tax revenues, $291 million in personal income tax and $131 million in lost corporate income and production taxes.

I think he means this analysis, which is credible on the subject in much the same way that the Discovery Institute is credible on evolution and science.

Now where on earth would a Christian learn to be so trusting of leaders making self-serving, apocalyptic predictions? Where would he get the idea that regurgitating their press releases was an intelligent form of discourse? I have no idea.

Piracy is never going to end. Although our kids rarely listen, we must continue to teach them that digital theft is indeed theft, in our law and in God’s law.

Really? In god’s law? Because I’m pretty familiar with the Bible, and I think I’d remember if god ever mentioned copyright. I remember him mentioning genocide and widow impregnation and genital mutilation. But not copyright or downloading or digital music.

Or perhaps he justs mean that because “current copyright legislation” supports it, that the “Render unto Caesar” principle makes it god’s law. That would be kind of awesome, as it would imply that god’s law also prohibits

It is tough to understand why god would care about all these things. Then again, it’s tough to understand why he would care about whether your clothing is made of mixed fibers either.

Anyway, most likely god just wants strong copyright laws to promote the “progress of useful arts” like Carman music videos:

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