We don’t know what to make of this one. It’s at the website of WorldNetDaily (WND) — the flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed. WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus that jolly logo displayed above this post.
The article is Who decides what’s right and wrong?, written by Ben Kinchlow, whose work we’ve mentioned before (see WND: The All-time Worst Creationist Rant). His latest article is so peculiar that it escaped the detection routines built into our Retard-o-tron™. We’ll have to revise its programming.
If we start out discussing Kinchlow’s article from the beginning, you’re going to wonder why we’re bothering with it — it’s mostly about sexual transgressions. That’s why we’re giving you his conclusion first. He ends up saying:
If we all began as an electromagnetically charged single-cell product of lifeless slime, evolving, like other life forms, with no reason or purpose other than survival of the fittest, why should I be subjected to another life form’s delineation of right or wrong?
If no One is in charge, isn’t everyone?
The author is telling us: (1) he can’t figure out morality; (2) you can’t either; and therefore (3) we need to base our laws on his version of religion.
Okay, you know this thing ends up in the hell of theocracy, now let’s start at the beginning. Kinchlow leads off with conventional definitions of right and wrong behavior, and then he asks:
Who sets the standards for right and wrong? Who gives them the right to establish these standards? Suppose we disagree on our definitions of right or wrong … who are you to decide for me? Based on what?
Your Curmudgeon isn’t a moral philosopher, but we once attempted to derive a concept of morality without a supernatural source (see A Secular Source of Morality). It’s certainly not definitive, but it shows that one needn’t declare the effort impossible.
Anyway, the bulk of Kinchlow’s article is little more than a catalog of carnal crimes — with a touch of theft and euthanasia thrown in. We can’t imagine sitting down to write out such a list, but Kinchlow is equal to the task. We’ll spare you a cruise through his wonderland of sinful behavior, but if you like that sort of thing you can click over to WND.
After all that, Kinchlow asks the question we gave you at the start, suggesting that if we’re the products of evolution, there’s no way to decide such matters. Therefore we should all surrender to the cult of Oogity Boogity! Maybe he’s right. Nine out of ten mullahs agree.
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