Our last post on Oklahoma’s state senator Josh Brecheen’s creationist activity was Josh Brecheen’s Oklahoma Creationism Bill; but to get the full flavor of his dementia, see our earlier post: Oklahoma’s Senator Josh Brecheen: Totally Crazed.
You will recall the Josh is a tractor salesman and a creationist. Let us be clear — selling tractors is a respectable trade, and being a creationist, although scientifically absurd, is an individual’s own affair with which we don’t want to interfere. However, when a creationist gets himself elected to political office and attempts to force his religious dogma on the rest of the citizenry, then he’s a theocratic menace who deserves the condemnation of all rational people.
The creationist tractor salesman has written another article which appears in the Durant Daily Democrat of Durant, Oklahoma. There we read Brecheen says the audacious and lonely stand of one person can make a tremendous difference.
The topic about which he appears to write is legislative earmarks — formerly known as “pork barrel” spending. But in doing so he lets slip a revealing indication of his mindset, which is undoubtedly driving his creationist crusade. He talks about Senator Tom Coburn, for whom Josh was a staff member, who opposed Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere” in 2005. We’ll skip over most of that because it’s not what interests us. We want to know about Josh’s obsession with creationism. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
[In 2010] Republican House of Representative members declared an earmark request moratorium and a year later, President Barack Obama (during his 2011 State of the Union address) promised to veto every bill containing earmarks. Yes, the audacious and lonely stand of one person can make a tremendous difference.
Okay, Coburn’s “audacious and lonely” campaign against earmarks eventually bore fruit. Very good. But that’s just an introduction to what we think is important here, so let’s read on:
If those in elected office are motivated by self preservation and positioning themselves for the next election cycle they will never pick a fight that is outside the main stream of public opinion. However, if their identity comes from a source other than the praise of man, they become empowered to truly make a difference. May we all realize our stands truly matter.
Getting a bit grandiose, isn’t he? Okay, get ready, because here it comes. Josh then purports to quote none other than Nelson Mandella, from what he says is Mandella’s 1994 inaugural speech. We’ve learned to always check creationists’ quotes, so we found an online copy here Inaugural Speech, Pretoria, and Josh’s “quote” is nowhere to be found. Anyway, this is Josh channeling what he thinks is Nelson Mandella, clearly revealing that Josh sees himself on a divinely-ordained mission:
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
That’s how Josh’s article ends. What do we make of it?
Imagine someone who goes to traffic court to fight a parking ticket, and who, when asked by the judge to give his side of the story, unexpectedly launches into a megalomaniac recitation of one of Winston Churchill’s great speeches: “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender …” It would be obvious that the poor fellow is hopelessly crazed. And so it is with Josh.
Wake up, Oklahoma — you have a madman in your legislature!
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