Waiter, Jonathan Wells is in my drink

8 03 2007

According to the festering cesspool of ID supporters, UncommonDescent, you may have to look twice before you drink your Starbucks in the morning. Indeed, Jonathan Wells is now spewing out his idiotic vitrol all over the side of Starbucks coffee cups (makes you want to run right out and get some, huh?). Take a gander at this;

“Darwinism’s impact on traditional social values has not been as benign as its advocates would like us to believe. Despite the efforts of its modern defenders to distance themselves from its baleful social consequences, Darwinism’s connection with eugenics, abortion and racism is a matter of historical record, and the record is not pretty.”

Dr. Jonathan Wells,
biologist and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design

If I had my way, I would rescind Wells PhD; he clearly does not deserve to have it, the only purpose it serves is as a vehicle to give him respectability in the eyes of those unfamiliar with his brand of creationism. It would be easy to just sit and stew about this, but I think that we need to get those familiar with good science on the blogosphere mobilized to petition and nag Starbucks until they stop printing these cups. Why is this such a big deal? Because people have enough trouble understanding basic science as it is without Wells’ diatribes showing up on coffee cups, to which there is no reply (you don’t get a Ken Miller, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould, or Carl Sagan cup along with the Wells one for comparison, I imagine). Adding a Wells quote to their coffee (along with their previous sympathies to an Disco Institute member) clearly says to me that Starbucks has a bit of an agenda. I’m sure ID-friendly readers (if I have any) will think me a bigot for calling for the withdrawal of the quote, but I’m not so easily duped by the “Teach the Controversy” crap. Everyone has a right to criticism, but not all criticism is equally justified (or in Wells’ case, founded in sane and rational thought). The acceptance of pseudoscience in this country is staggering, and Starbucks certainly isn’t helping. I have never been a fan of an institution that makes you pay through the nose of a morning caffeine fix that you must call a Venti (the one time I went, I was chastised for saying I wanted a medium caramel apple cider) and produce a huge amount of trash, but this certainly doesn’t help my perception of the company.


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9 03 2007
Stanton

The staff of Starbucks think Jonathan Wells is a biologist?
This makes me want to drink McDonald’s coffee even more.

10 03 2007
laelaps

Hi Stanton, thanks for the comment (and I the link to the great stuff you’ve got over at deviantart). I’ve never been a coffee man myself, but like I said this latest event only raises my level of ire with Starbucks. I received an e-mail today saying they may post my complaint on their website, but they’re in “Teach the Controversy” mode so that’s about all they’re willing to do.

11 03 2007
Stanton

“Teach the Controversy”?
That does it, if I want anymore of their Tazo Lotus tea, I’ll just buy it in Albertson’s.
I don’t think I can stomach the thought of setting foot in Starbucks anymore now.

11 03 2007
laelaps

Agreed Stanton. Like I wrote in my post, having pimply teens berate me for not saying “Venti” instead of “medium” (or whatever the equivalent is, I haven’t been to a Starbucks in years) never made me want to visit their store anyhow.

11 03 2007
Laelaps

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