Pat Buchanan, Piltdown Man, and WorldNetDaily

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The title says it all. For those who have a taste for this kind of thing, it probably doesn’t get any better than today’s article from WorldNetDaily, the journalistic organ that won our Buffoon Award. The jolly logo adorning this post is in their honor.

The author of today’s creationist wonder is Patrick Joseph “Pat” Buchanan, conservative columnist and three times a candidate for the US presidency. We’ve written about his work in WorldNetDaily before. For example: Pat Buchanan Presents Every Creationist Fallacy!

And so, dear reader, with no further delay, from the crazed, fantasy-tinged, conspiracy-obsessed pages of WorldNetDaily we bring you Hoax of the century by Patrick J. Buchanan. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

With publication of “On the Origin of Species” in 1859, the hunt was on for the “missing link.” Fame and fortune awaited the scientist who found the link proving Darwin right: that man evolved from a monkey.

Lordy, lordy, we thank you for this wondrous piece of entertainment. Let’s read on:

In 1912, success! In a gravel pit near Piltdown in East Sussex, there was found the cranium of a man with the jaw of an ape. “Darwin Theory Proved True,” ran the banner headline. Evolution skeptics were pilloried, and three English scientists were knighted for validating Piltdown Man.

We didn’t know about the knighthoods. These things sometimes happen. The recent record for the Nobel Peace Prize is even worse. Let’s continue:

It wasn’t until 1953, after generations of biology students had been taught about Piltdown Man, that closer inspection discovered that the cranium belonged to a medieval Englishman, the bones had been dyed to look older, and the jaw belonged to an orangutan whose teeth had been filed down to look human.

Yes, yes. That’s old news, Pat. Do you have anything else? Let’s see:

The scientific discovery of the century became the hoax of the century. But Piltdown Man was not alone. There was Nebraska Man.

Pat’s getting tiresome. In his earlier episode of blowhardism in WorldNetDaily he also mentioned those crumbling pillars of creationism. At that time we were already weary of refuting those ancient myths, so all we did was link to previous posts. We do so again. We’ve discussed Nebraska Man here, and Piltdown Man here. Update: see Piltdown Man: The Creationists’ Savior.

Moving along in Buchannan’s article, he then discusses global warming. That bores us too, so we’ll skip over most of that. This is ol’ Pat’s concluding paragraph:

Today’s global warming hysteria is the hoax of the 21st century. H.L. Mencken had it right: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed – and hence clamorous to be led to safety – by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

Sometimes, past presidential candidates don’t just fade away. They spend their twilight years endlessly reminding us how lucky we were never to have elected them. The list is a long one, starting with Aaron Burr. Any catalog of the most infamous failed fools of the last century would surely include William Jennings Bryan, Eugene Debs, Harold Stassen, and George McGovern. To that woeful roster we can now add Pat Buchannan.

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8 responses to “Pat Buchanan, Piltdown Man, and WorldNetDaily

  1. He’s quoting H.L. Mencken? Really? Two can play at that game:

    The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms, and so rout it, cripple it, and make it forever infamous and ridiculous. Is it, perchance, cherished by persons who should know better? Then their folly should be brought out into the light of day, and exhibited there in all its hideousness until they flee from it, hiding their heads in shame.

  2. Analog Kid

    Let’s modify Mencken’s quote slightly in a way that it still works:
    “The whole aim of religion is to keep the populace in fear – and hence clamorous to be “saved” – by menacing it with demons and eternal damnation, all of it imaginary.”

  3. An even more succinct version from the splendid Mr. Mencken:

    Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

  4. comradebillyboy

    Pat purports to be a Roman Catholic. The Roman Catholic Church accepts modern evolutionary theory. In addition to being an ideologue uninterested in facts, Pat must be a heretic as well to oppose the teachings of holy mother, the church.

  5. There was a discussion about if creationism was heretical within the Roman Catholic Church, and there wasn’t a consensus and it certainly isn’t an official decision that its heretical. It’s definitely on the very edge of it though. Unfortunately, there’s enough conservatives (church ones, not Curdges…) that an official declaration of such isn’t going to be coming soon, even though it would be a great boon towards combating Christian fundamentalism.

  6. In addition to being a Buffoon Award winner, Pat Buchanan is – with the help of Auto-tune – a freestyle rapper (starting at 1:01).

    Oops. Bad link, go here.

  7. Of course your comment here does nothing to dispute Buchanan’s beliefs , just makes fun of his views. Your view just entertains your pinheaded droolers that follow this evolutionary “thought” process you call science.