Josh Brecheen Thinks He’s Nelson Mandela

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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10 responses to “Josh Brecheen Thinks He’s Nelson Mandela

  1. He still hasn’t responded to my question to provide me with a problem for evolution and how design explains it better. Coward.

  2. I see he didn’t bring in the importance of having the knowledge and wits to, for instance, persuade people to make the right decisions. You know, sort of the job of a legislator, however well most of them do it.

    Could it be because he’s so lacking in the requisite knowledge for, say, telling schools what to teach?

    The battle is often of wits, Brecheen. Grandstanding and pandering may work well enough in some places, but you should not go unarmed into any true battle of wits or of knowledge.

  3. The High Curmudgeon decrees:

    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.

    No truer words have been spoken here.

    Any chance of prying this dolt from the torturous cumfy chair and sending him to the dungeon for some re-education by rapid-fire e-mail or is his soul too withered?

  4. b_sharp asks: “Any chance of prying this dolt …”

    No chance. Publicity is the best weapon we have.

  5. Brian Utterback

    The quote is not Nelson Mandela, it is Marianne Williamson.

  6. Brian Utterback says: “The quote is not Nelson Mandela, it is Marianne Williamson.”

    Brecheen doesn’t care. He makes up reality as he goes along.

  7. 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:

    Ya know, that would be a great idea for a Monty Python skit… oh… wait
    Note to Brecheen: You’re not Monty Python. You’re not nearly that funny. Or smart.

  8. OgreMkV: “He still hasn’t responded to my question to provide me with a problem for evolution and how design explains it better.”

    Thanks for asking. With these busy politicians I usually give them several chances before concluding deliberate evasion. Though the only case in which I was that persistent did show signs of deliberate evasion. So I strongly recommend that you ask more questions, and not about “weaknesses” of evolution or how “design” explains anything better; there are plenty of canned non-answers for that. Rather you ought to demand the specific “whats and whens” of his “theory.” Since he advocates “design,” it’s best to start with whether he agrees with Michael Behe, the “cdesign proponentsist” who is most up front about “what happened when.” Ask if he agrees with Behe on the ~4 billion years life and/or common descent. If he refuses to answer 2 simple “yes or no” questions after 2-3 tries he will indeed earn the title of “coward.” Or worse.

  9. Sorry I hadn’t seen this thread earlier. Spent some time at the OK capitol today with some dedicated people working very hard to counter the foolishness being forwared by Brecheen and friends. He’s not alone. There’s a gagle. Their religious furver makes them proud of their ignorance of science and they are unconcerned about the damage they are about to do to Oklahoma. The State Chamber of Commerce , however, has expressed concern about recruiting new business to Oklahoma and creating jobs if such narrow minded ideological bills such as Brecheen’s SB 554 become law. We can’t pry him out of office but we can burry him with thoughtful arguments presented to people that may be willing to listen and have some influence.
    8rox

  10. Good luck, 8rox. Your efforts are appreciated.