Creationists: Crybabies & Nancy-Boys

YOUR Curmudgeon is feeling especially grumpy this morning. Why? Check out this column by David Klinghoffer, which is posted at his blog, Kingdom of Priests, a part of Beliefnet: On Being Hated: A Note to — and About — Readers.

As we’ve previously seen, what Klinghoffer writes at Beliefnet sometimes shows up at the blog of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids), so we regard each blog as an extension of the other. And as you probably know, the Discoveroids have bestowed upon Klinghoffer the title of Senior Fellow. We take that title to mean “full-blown creationist.”

According to his column, David is upset — it seems that everybody hates him. Boo hoo! He mentions that his blog traffic is increasing, and then:

Yet if you follow the comments box at all here you will have noticed something odd: this blog seems disproportionately popular with people who hate me and everything I stand for. I still marvel at it.

[…]

I would be grateful to hear from a greater number of people who see the world more like I do. I understand that would expose you to the same venom that greets me every time I look at the comment threads.

[…]

Whenever I have doubts about my convictions, the nastiness endemic on the secularist Left reminds me of what, ultimately, I’m fighting for. If you think of a person as nothing more than a clever animal, then to write about or treat him brutishly becomes more easily justifiable.

[…]

You’ll ask: If the sides were reversed, if I were a Lefty, would I be subjected to as much vituperation as one comes to expect if you’re on the Right? (Cf. the case of Sarah Palin.) I don’t think so.

Okay, that’s quite enough. It’s already maddening to read the nonsense at any creationist’s blog, but in this case … well, it’s disturbing to see David wallow in self-pity about all the “hate” he’s getting — most of which looks like nothing other than expressions of exasperation about creationist bone-headedness. David’s distress seems similar to a teenager’s agony about why he’s the butt of everyone’s jibes — when it’s blatantly obvious that he deserves it. Teenagers grow out of such things, so seeing that kind of self-absorbed silliness in an adult is really pathetic.

But we can easily ignore all that. What we see as one creationist’s personal failings are unimportant to us. However, it’s utterly intolerable to observe David’s attempt to claim the political Right as his high ground, and then try to smear those who disagree with him as “Lefties.” That’s more than your Curmudgeon can take. Where we come from, them’s fightin’ words. So how shall we respond?

We could — after looking at the photograph which graces David’s blog — declare that besides being a creationist, he’s also a limp-wristed, self-pitying nancy-boy. But although that’s certainly tempting, it’s not our way. Instead, we’ll offer some information and some advice, and we shall speak bluntly:

David, you and your fellow Discoveroids can run around claiming that you’re advancing science, while at the same time you’re all singing “I ain’t no kin to no monkey,” and we don’t care — as long as you keep it to yourselves. But be assured of one thing — your Curmudgeon ain’t no left-winger, and we’re getting very annoyed that you creationists keep stinking up the Curmudgeon’s side of the political spectrum.

Why don’t all of you anti-science theocrats find yourselves another political party — you’re destroying the GOP. This should be the start of a golden age for the Republicans. There’s a raving socialist in the White House, a totally crazed Congress, the economy is in free-fall, and our foreign adversaries grow increasingly emboldened. But still the GOP isn’t poised for a return. Why? Because you guys are turning the Republican Party into the Noah’s Ark Stupidity Society.

So as our Brit friends would say: Bugger off! Start your own political party. We’ve already figured out an impressive Latin name for it — the Inlitterati. It’s a good name. It suits you.

By the way, David: If we’ve upset you — that was our intention.

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36 responses to “Creationists: Crybabies & Nancy-Boys

  1. Well, I am lefty, sort of and I just have to say:

    Woohoo. Nicely played, Sir SC.

  2. Tundra Boy says: “Well, I am lefty, sort of …”

    We make allowances for Canadians. Come on down to the US and we’ll put you on a walrus-free diet. You’ll be fine after about six months.

  3. Speaking as a moderate, I have to say that the conservatives are my role models when it comes to a good old-fashioned polemic. Bravo.

    Apropos of the title, for all you indie rock fans out there, here’s Placebo with “Nancy Boy.”

  4. Another possibility is that the “X” republicans will pull the left party a little more to the right.

    Ever think of that? – That’s what I’m hoping. 🙂

  5. James F says: “… conservatives are my role models when it comes to a good old-fashioned polemic. Bravo.”

    Hey! I thought I kept myself on a tight leash. Maybe that’s why my one or two fans at Little Green Footballs didn’t bother to link to it. And you should be careful — if you keep hanging out at YouTube, your brains will fall out.

  6. Stacy asks: “Ever think of that?”

    I’ve pretty much given up on on the Republicans. As opposition goes, they’re worthless.

  7. Wow. The Curmudgeon and Dana Hunter agree. on something.

  8. I doubt that we agree on much at all.

  9. S.C. says: Hey! I thought I kept myself on a tight leash.

    Oh, I meant polemic in the best sense of the word. Sometimes it’s just not enough to refuse to suffer fools gladly…sometimes you have to bring the smackdown.

    And I fully agree that the anti-science theocrats are destroying the GOP – the trouble is, they know full well that if they form their own little theocrat party, the party’s over. They will continue to glom on to whichever major party will have them. The best we can hope for is that they will return to the days before the rise of the Christian Right, when the Southern Baptist Convention et al. stayed out of politics.

  10. I see that Little Green Footballs has linked to my humble post. Y’all are welcome to look around.

  11. yochanan ben avrohom

    the whole subject bores me esp with real problems such as iran getting and trying use a nuke, the cap and tax bill causing us to be in a life long depression. solove the above and then I might care about creationism or other foolishness such as organic food.

  12. yochanan ben avrohom says: “the whole subject bores me esp with real problems …”

    I understand, O visitor with a name that seems to come from Dune. However, it’s all part of the general dumbing down of the country, and especially the one political party that could have been a contender. So it’s a bit more relevant than might be apparent at first glance.

  13. waldteufel

    The Republican Party is no longer the party of individual responsibility and freedom. It has been hijacked by the religious right, and they will, if they continue as they have for eight years or so, sink into political oblivion. America will be the loser, of course. But the Noah’s Ark Stupidity Party really doesn’t care about America. They just wave their arms in praise of Jesus and hope for an early rapture.

  14. waldteufel: “They just wave their arms in praise of Jesus and hope for an early rapture.”

    I think we should all hope for an early rapture. That may be the only way to get them out of our hair.

  15. I’m a linker…uh, linkee… no, oh, hell, LGF sent me!

    Great post and I’ve already enjoyed much of what I’ve seen.

    Congrats! You’re now officially a bookmark in my Book of Bookmarks.

  16. Oh, and did I mention you’ve earned your very own keyword for your bookmark? You’re now “curmudgeon”. Now, print this out and hang it on your fridge.

  17. Gary says: “Congrats! You’re now officially a bookmark in my Book of Bookmarks.”

    Welcome aboard. What took you so long to find us?

  18. “Welcome aboard. What took you so long to find us?”

    Too many right turns?

  19. And as you probably know, the Discoveroids have bestowed upon Klinghoffer the title of Senior Fellow. We take that title to mean “full-blown creationist.”

    See, there you go again, bringing sexual “preversions” into the discussion…..

  20. David Gillies

    As a really red-meat, atheist libertarian, I despair of how poorly I am represented among any party in any country in the world. I reject both God and Marx. Where do I go? At least Marxism has been disproven by history. But fundie theocracy? When I read ‘Kingdom of Priests’, I think, ‘target of airstrikes’.

  21. “Too many right turns?”

    LOL!

    Can I just plead laziness, and leave it at that?

  22. Has anyone noticed the irony that Klinghoffer’s whining, and the DI’s begging for unearned “handouts” (to teach their new age “science” in publicly funded schools) are classic “leftie” traits? This is not a new phenomenon. Paul Gross wrote about it years ago.

  23. Politics-wise, my dear Curmudgeon, agreement is indeed rare between us. But there are some points of commonality. And if you manage to kick the fools, freaks and creationists out of your end of the political spectrum, we shall both be very happy indeed.

  24. wolfwalker

    Frank J wrote: “Has anyone noticed the irony that Klinghoffer’s whining, and the DI’s begging for unearned “handouts” (to teach their new age “science” in publicly funded schools) are classic “leftie” traits?”

    Noticed long since. In fact, one of the most delightful ironies of the creationist movement is that it’s always EVOLVING in response to its defeats, abandoning methods that don’t work and trying out new methods that it thinks will work. Whining and begging work well for liberals, so why not for creationists?

  25. Dana Hunter says: “But there are some points of commonality.”

    Well, that’s a start. Good of you to drop in.

  26. Frank J says:

    Has anyone noticed the irony that Klinghoffer’s whining, and the DI’s begging for unearned “handouts” (to teach their new age “science” in publicly funded schools) are classic “leftie” traits?

    Deep down, they really are lefties — even if many of them would be shocked to hear it. That’s why they’re so comfortable with all manner of left-wing political tactics. If they weren’t lefties, they’d have a bit of confidence in free markets — biological as well as economic — and they wouldn’t be looking for a czar — economic or biological — to make things run properly.

    They dimly understand (some of them) that socialism is a problem, but they fail to grasp that any kind of forced, central planning is tyranny — whether it’s economic, religious, or the work of some weird intelligent designer who fashioned your uvula. So their craving for a Designer is really a lefty characteristic. They just haven’t figured it all out yet.

  27. Put me down as a new fan of the Sensuous Curmudgeon, though I’m a Democrat and just left of center. I do get a bit tired of the tactic (seen here among the comments) of claiming that every time some far right wacko says or does something embarrassing they are actually, unconsciously, acting like a “lefty.” Used to be that when Nancy Pelosi or Harry Read got on my nerves, I’d say they were wrong . . or corrupt, or stupid. Maybe I should say instead that in some coded, secret way they are actually being extremist libertarians . . . . Its the “no true Scottsman” dodge . . . and with all friendly feeling in the world I must still say that its B.S. no matter who does it. Own your own wackos and embarrassments and police them accordingly. We all have enough of our own to keep us busy.

  28. L. says: “Put me down as a new fan …”

    I’m desperate for all the fans I can get.

  29. I’m a fangirl for sure! You’re in my blogroll! 🙂

  30. So many ladies, so little time …

  31. I was particularly amused by this:

    … if I were a Lefty, would I be subjected to as much vituperation as one comes to expect if you’re on the Right?

    As if anyone on the same side of the political spectrum as Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity and Glen Beck has any right throwing those stones.

  32. Uh, about that business of the ‘real’ Republicans standing up against the Fundies, hello?

    During one of the ‘debates’ that lead up to the Repub nomination the whole pack of candidates was polled on their allegiance. ‘Raise your hand if you believe in evolution,’ I think it was. There were seven hopeful future Presidents on the stage. Two hands went up.

    For Repubs who are not fundamentalists, the horse is out of the barn, fellows.

  33. Two hands went up.

    Actually, three.

  34. has anyone made a point here…….it all seems that everyone wants to be witty!

  35. We tremble with anticipation …

  36. @JohnMcC and John Pieret

    Actually, the question was originally (to John McCain) “Do you believe in evolution?” McCain replied in the affirmative. The rest of the GOP candidates were asked if they didn’t believe in evolution. Three hands went up – Mike Huckabee, Tom Tancredo, and Sam Brownback. Duncan Hunter later said he should have put his hand up as well, and Ron Paul is on record (video clip) saying he doesn’t accept evolution. Dismal showing from the Republican Party.