WorldNetDaily, Creationism, Obama, & NAMBLA

OUR Google-choking title got your attention, didn’t it? Well, it’s appropriate for this article. Stay with us, you’ll see.

WorldNetDaily (WND), about which we’ve been writing a lot lately (see: Stupid on Steroids), has bounced back into our sights again. They have an article about the latest news swirling around in certain segments of the blogosphere: CZAR WARS: Obama’s ‘safe schools’ chief praised child-sex promoter. WND’s lead paragraph tells the tale:

A transcript from a 1997 speech shows Office of Safe Schools chief Kevin Jennings in the U.S. Department of Education expressed his admiration for Harry Hay, one of the nation’s first homosexual activists who launched the Mattachine Society in 1948, founded the Radical Faeries and was a longtime advocate for the North American Man-Boy Love Association, NAMBLA.

You’re wondering — despite WND’s fanaticism on the creationism issue — what in the world this does Obama’s latest political scandal have do with The Controversy between evolution and creationism? Well, it’s a stretch, but not a very long one. You’ll see, although we suspect we’ll lose some of you along the way.

However distasteful it may be, think for a moment about NAMBLA. Their mission is child abuse. And, dear reader, that is also the mission of creationism. Yes, it’s a different kind of abuse, but it’s abuse nevertheless. The creationists teach their trash science to innocent children, with the intention of making them creationists for life. Thus our analogy.

Isn’t this a bit extreme, even for your Curmudgeon? No, not really. We’ve spoken harshly about creationists before. A good example is our discussion of Richard Dawkins’ phrase: Ignorant, Stupid, Insane, or Wicked. And we’ve gone beyond that — way beyond. Here’s a brief sampling from our prior posts:

[T]he dank crevice of creationism,
a dish of slime mold,
the sludge and slime and slop of creationism,
a bottomless pit of slime,
more excrement … than there is on the floor of an understaffed 1,000-bed dysentery ward,
a descent into the depths of devil’s bowels,
wisdom that could only be attained at the University of Uranus,
the pathway to intellectual oblivion, and
massive blockage in the pipeline of human knowledge.

So the NAMBLA analogy, although perhaps too much for some of you, isn’t alien to this blog. Besides, we didn’t dream it up alone; it was the WND connection that brought it to mind.

But before you conclude that your Curmudgeon is some kind of extremist, please know that in our humble opinion, what adult creationists and NAMBLA people voluntarily do among themselves is entirely their own affair. But imposing their passions on innocent children is an abomination.

The creationism-NAMBLA analogy is therefore a good one. Creationists are forcing their bizarre nonsense into the minds of innocent children; and NAMBLA … well, you know. So maybe it’s time to think of creationists as “boy whisperers.”

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15 responses to “WorldNetDaily, Creationism, Obama, & NAMBLA

  1. No comments. I think I’ve shocked everyone.

  2. Gabriel Hanna

    I’m not shocked, which is to say not surprised.

    But you don’t have to be told that you are way out on a limb, here.

  3. Gabriel Hanna says: “But you don’t have to be told that you are way out on a limb, here.”

    I suppose. Good thing I didn’t go with the first draft.

  4. Gabriel Hanna

    I think it is very dangerous to equate ideas with physical harm. That just cries out for thought police.

    I mean, anybody can write that.

    Racist parents are the equivalent of child molesters.

    Religious parents are the equivalent of child molesters.

    Republican parents are the equivalent of child molesters.

    It writes itself, and doesn’t require you to engage the idea.

    Better to explain why the idea is wrong, rather than just declare to be evil, as well as those who hold it.

  5. Gabriel Hanna

    Furthermore, I wouldn’t want to call pseudoscience evil, because then you are reducing currently known science to moral dogma.

    Evolution could be disproved tomorrow. It’s science. Of course it could. Find a rabbit in the Pre-Cambrian. Isn’t that the vaunted difference between evolution and creation?

    How can it be evil to teach your children to disbelieve in something that could be disproved at any time?

    It is STUPID, I ‘ll grant you that. But I was raised in a creationist house, and I eventually recovered.

  6. Gabriel Hanna

    Now I know, of course, that you’ve spent a great deal of time and effort presenting the evidence that creationism is wrong.

    It’s frustrating to address the same lies and distortions over and over.

    But the source of the lies and distortions is not the parents teaching their kids not to believe in evolution. They are “victims” too, in a sense. In another sense they aren’t, because they are free to learn the truth and choose not to.

    I think the “bad” people are the intellectuals who provide the lies and distortions, Discovery Institute fellows and such.

    But lying about Darwin and advocating for legal child molestation are not in the same ball park. To quote Jules, it ain’t in the same league or even the same f’n sport.

  7. Gabriel Hanna says: “I think it is very dangerous to equate ideas with physical harm. That just cries out for thought police.”

    I’m not calling for thought police, nor do I claim that the analogy is a perfect one. Hey, it popped into my mind this morning when I saw the WMD article. It’s only a blog post. Maybe it’s way over the top. Although in some cases it could be too tame, in the sense that a molested kid could probably recover quite well from a bad experience, but some kids raised as creationists may never recover. But my father was a creationist, so it’s obviously not always a big deal.

  8. Gabriel Hanna

    in the sense that a molested kid could probably recover quite well from a bad experience, but some kids raised as creationists may never recover.

    You can quit being creationist. You can’t be un-raped. One of those things is not like the other, in just about every way possible.

  9. Gabriel Hanna says: “One of those things is not like the other, in just about every way possible.”

    Yeah, it’s not my best analogy. But after writing about the Discoveroids as long as I have, I see their goals as being far worse than merely teaching creationism. Establishing theocracy isn’t analogous to rape either. It’s a crime of a far worse order.

  10. Gabriel Hanna: “How can it be evil to teach your children to disbelieve in something that could be disproved at any time?”

    For years I have been struggling with the question of whether some anti-evolution activists are evil. I strongly suspect some are, but I can’t prove their intentions.

    What I do suspect for some, probably most, maybe all, activists is something between the extremes of “evil” and “honest believers of an alternate ‘theory’.” Specifically that they privately know that ID/creationism is nonsense, but honestly think that the “masses” need to reject evolution to behave properly. Not unlike parents telling fairy tales to their children. Or in the case of the ID strategy, encouraging the children to infer their own favorite fairy tales, but never committing to any.

  11. I think this is apropos of your previous post. If the creatards can drone on, incessantly, about the imaginary links between atheism and fascism, certainly we can draw a causal line between creationism and allowing a child to die for want of medical attention.

    Religious fundamentalism is certainly child abuse. Although we haven’t a snowball’s chance of implementing it, children should be removed from fundamentalist households. We should also have mandatory testing of intelligence and sanity as a prerequisite for procreation (as well as voting).

    In the meantime, I’m writing an angry letter or email to the governor of Wisconsin (which will, of course, accomplish absolutely nothing). Too bad it isn’t Minnesota; I could write to Al Franken.

    At the very least, their other children should be removed – which would happen of necessity if the parents were to meet with a freak fatal accident involving a baseball bat.

  12. Czar wars? Interesting choice of words given that Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize this morning. Ha ha!

    (Not that I don’t think it’s a bit weird that man who runs a country that is currently at war should win a Peace Prize…)

  13. LRA says: “Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize this morning.”

    Don’t • even • go • near • there.

  14. Hey! Did you not read my parenthetical?!?!! I admit, it’s weird!

  15. LRA asks: “Hey! Did you not read my parenthetical?!?!!”

    Yeah, I read it. I just can’t deal with the thing.