Alien Life, Babu, Pravda, and Creationism

Creationism, Socialism and Intelligent Design

We like Babu Ranganathan’s articles, and it’s been several months since we wrote about one (see Creationism and Pravda, Together Again). Here’s some background on Babu and Pravda, but most of you have seen it so you can skip the next few indented paragraphs:

Babu G. Ranganathan is a graduate of Bob Jones University, with a major in Bible and a minor in Biology. We have previously described Babu as Creationism’s Missing Link. Babu’s writing is frequently found at the website of Pravda On-Line (or just “Pravda”). As Wikipedia’s article on Pravda tells us, after “Boris Yeltsin shut down the Communist Party and seized all of its property, including Pravda,” many of its journalists and editors launched Pravda Online.

Pravda‘s communist roots were confirmed at their About Us page, which used to say: “Over 90 percent of the journalists who had been working for Pravda until the coup d’etat of 1991 quit their jobs. … These journalists had to take their fight to cyberspace, and the Internet newspaper PRAVDA On-Line was launched in January of 1999, the first Russian newspaper of its kind.”

It’s a great embarrassment to the allegedly conservative Discovery Institute in Seattle, but we find that whether they’re in Seattle or in Moscow, creationism’s advocates and apologists are all the same. The Discoveroids’ anti-Enlightenment mode of thought, their peculiar style of argument — specifically what they say about evolution — all seem to be echoed in the online pages of Pravda. See Creationism, Socialism, and Intelligent Design.

You’re up to date now, but we need a moment to rant. That may trouble you but we’re going to rant anyway. For convenience, however, we’ll box the rant so you can scroll right past it.

Articles by Babu are an opportunity to point out the left-wing roots of creationism. It’s not just that Pravda supports Babu. Keep in mind that the Great Commoner and progressive, William Jennings Bryan, was a flaming creationist, and all the propaganda tactics deployed by the Discoveroids are right out of the leftists’ handbook, including their planned “long march through the institutions” (described in this Wikipedia article on cultural hegemony). Don’t forget the obvious similarities between an intelligent designer of the biosphere and an all-powerful (but loving and benevolent) state that plans and controls the economy. Darwin was raised on Adam Smith’s ideas, not Karl Marx’s.

We know that many leftists aren’t religious in the traditional sense. But it’s irrelevant what dogma they use to achieve their authoritarian goals. They’re all eager to be tyrants, and it doesn’t really matter to the enslaved citizen if the ruling doctrine of his masters is based on scripture or Marx.

Trust your Curmudgeon in this. Creationists are authoritarians, and in all important respects their goals are compatible with those of the leftists; but in the US they’re so confused they think their ideas are conservative. They aren’t conservative, of course, because the only way they can harmonize their theocratic vision with America’s Enlightenment-inspired Revolution is by revising history so that the beliefs of the Founders are distorted beyond recognition. Ben Franklin, Tom Jefferson, and George Washington would vomit on today’s “conservative” creationists. Your Curmudgeon is conservative — an Enlightenment conservative. The creationists are nothing but statist maniacs.

Okay, we’ve had our little rant. Now we’ll get to Babu’s latest in Pravda: Meteorite life form not alien! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

NASA will do anything for money. Recently NASA claimed aliens exist and that there is now proof from a meteorite containing fossils of bacteria. NASA claims that meteors and meteorites originated from other planets. Why couldn’t they have originated from Earth?

Babu’s subject is one we’ve been writing about, most recently here: Alien Life Discovered? Well, Maybe Not. He fails to mention that NASA isn’t supporting this claimed discovery but we understand that omission. Facts mean nothing to creationists. Let’s read on:

MIT scientist Dr. Walt Brown (a creationist) in his book In “The Beginning ” points out that during the great Genesis flood, as recorded in the Bible, the fountains of the deep that were let loose could have easily spewed out meteors and meteorites into space that very well may have contained micro-organisms such as bacteria.

Walt Brown? Walt Brown! Wow — he’s so far out there that most creationists don’t mention him any more. As for being a “scientist,” his doctorate was in mechanical engineering. We continue:

One thing for sure is that life requires intelligent creation and doesn’t come by chance. NASA knows all this but looking for life on other planets is a powerful way to motivate people to want their government to give more and more money to NASA. NASA, after all, is a business with hefty salaries at stake.

That’s about all Babu has to say about alien life. The rest of his article is the usual recycled nonsense that we’ve seen in his earlier essays. He repeats himself endlessly and there’s no need for us to bother rebutting each new repetition. Nevertheless, his articles are amusing. Go ahead — click over to Pravda and read the whole thing.

Once again, dear reader, we see that anti-Enlightenment creationism is the common thread that unites Pravda in Moscow and creationists in America. Your Curmudgeon regards them all as micro-variations of the same kind. That’s why we love Babu — his existence rips away the “conservative” pretensions of the Holy Moly “family values” people.

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5 responses to “Alien Life, Babu, Pravda, and Creationism

  1. Babu is an odd character in that he goes against the communist stereotype of atheism, but preserves the political polemic.

    Re. the rant – it’s my observation that the further one progresses toward the edges of the political spectrum, either conservative or liberal, the more the mind closes to other opinions. With that comes greater belief in the absolute rightness of one’s own ideas, an increasing drive to impose those ideas on the electorate as a whole, and a fervent belief that the goal justifies any means to achieve it. The DI is an excellent example, but many others exist.

    For what it’s worth, I believe enlightenment values are best found in the free competition of ideas where participants argue well, listen well, and choose wisely. Chosen ideas might not all be traditionally “conservative” or “liberal”, but would be the ones perceived to be the most effective for whatever objective was at hand. So, ideally, we would have a government with a mix of politicians of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, to bring in the broadest range of knowledge and ideas, who would able to intelligently work together and govern. Instead, we seem to be moving toward a government of two or three camps (if the tea party is counted separately) engaged in battle to prevail by sheer numbers and pomposity rather than by any actual thoughtful work on the legislation itself.

  2. Ed says:

    Babu is an odd character in that he goes against the communist stereotype of atheism, but preserves the political polemic.

    Nothing odd about him (well, he’s a creationist), but the seeming oddity is that Pravda is willing to promote his views. One might think that they’re reaching out to a segment of the population for some reason. What could that be all about? Hint: it’s in the rant.

  3. Pravda appears to be off-line for the moment. One would imagine that atheism is the official position of that magazine, but it’s been my experience that people who want to be in power don’t let principles restrain them.

  4. Off-topic, but here’s a bit of trivia. Pravda means “truth”. Izvestia means “news”. Both were names for major (during the Cold War) Russian newspapers. The Russian saying went something along the lines of, “There’s no Pravda in Izvestia; there’s no Izvestia in Pravda.”

  5. Oh, and it was not NASA making the claim, but a scientist (alleged) who happens to work at NASA. I know it would serve Babu’s plans better if it was NASA, but, sorry Babu, no, it wasn’t.