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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