Our distinguished paleontologist colleague Günter Bechly was erased from Wikipedia after he came out as a proponent of the theory of intelligent design. That, in turn, was after he had already been pushed out of his curator role at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany, for the same reason. The editors at Wikipedia obscured their treatment of Günter, a world-class expert on dragonflies, by claiming his heresy on ID had nothing to do with the decision to excise him. Instead, they innocently proclaimed that it was due to the realization that he isn’t “notable” enough for the online encyclopedia.Aside from Klinghoffer's usual histrionic bluster about silencing people who disagree with “Darwinism,” (Ken Ham, Henry Morris, John Morris, Stephen Myer, Michael Behe and, yes, even Klinghoffer, himself, have Wikipedia pages) the timing is very suspicious. Additionally, if you thought he was well-known enough to have a Wikipedia page, why is he suddenly not so? His page needs to be restored. This just makes Wikipedia look bad and smacks of censorship.
I’ve already pointed out the problems with this contention, and noted that the editors of Bechly’s page and of the grossly distorted Intelligent Design page itself make little effort to hide the ideological axes they grind. There’s little mystery about what happened to Dr. Bechly, or to another ID advocate, Walter Bradley at Baylor University, whose Wiki entry was shredded to near nothing. This is one way the scientific consensus on evolution is maintained, by threatening dissenters. For a scientist, having your accomplishments erased is the ultimate punishment. Wiki editors meanwhile indulge atheist nobodies with extensive biography entries.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
ID Supporter Has Wikipedia Page Erased
Okay, this is just snotty. Günter Bechly is a palaeontologist who was at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany. Recently, Dr. Bechly came out in favor of Intelligent Design. For this crime, he has had his Wikipedia erased. According to David Klinghoffer, at Evolution and Science Today (used to be Evolution News and Views):