After the 2012 US Presidential election, in a fit of Curmudgeonly disgruntlement, we wrote Open Letter to the Republican Party, #2, in which, while discussing the rise of the “social conservatives” in the GOP, we said:
There was a time when the social conservatives were mostly Democrats. After they were “betrayed” by Johnson’s support for civil rights legislation, Nixon reached out to them and attracted them to the GOP (see Southern strategy). Barry Goldwater was appalled at what was happening. At one point he made a statement (regarding abortion and the nomination of a Supreme Court justice) that summed the whole situation up: “Every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass.” See Conservative pioneer became an outcast. But Goldwater was ignored, and now the party is run by people he described as a “bunch of kooks,” (same link as above).
You’ve seen us rant like that before, and we understand that you’re tired of it. So are we, for the moment, so we’re not doing that here. That’s just our way of introducing something we found while rummaging around at WorldNetDaily (WND). It’s an oldie-goldie from 2006 by Jerry Falwell (1933 – 2007), the man Goldwater thought was ruining the Republican party. We weren’t blogging then, we weren’t handing out Buffoon Awards, and we didn’t have the Retard-o-tron™, so we missed this when it was published. But it’s worth discussing now because it helps to put things in perspective.
We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Anti-evolution revolution, by Jerry Falwell, with bold font added by us. After discussing the results of a British poll on creationism, he gives the results of a US poll:
Last year, 64 percent in a Pew Research Center poll said they believe creationism should be taught alongside evolution in schools. Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, said, “What this basically tells us is that in contentious issues, many people take the default position – teach both sides and let people make up their own minds.”
But the evolution community wants to dictate their values on American school children. The left frequently talks about “diversity,” but they sanction uniformity of thought when it comes to teaching about the foundations of the universe. It is a troubling double standard.
Yes, those Darwinists are so intolerant! Falwell sounds like a Discoveroid. Notice how he describes evolution as a feature of the left. That’s typical of today’s “social conservatives,” who imagine that they’re the true conservatives, although they care only about theocratic issues. Constitutionally speaking, theocracy has no place in the American political spectrum. Let’s read on:
Those who embrace biblical teachings on creation are typically depicted as provincial victims of obsolete views that have not kept up with modern society. We are told that it’s fine to believe in the Genesis account of creation while we are in our churches, but when we step out of the church our views should be stifled.
No, not stifled — not any more than flat-Earthers should be stifled. But we do insist that nonsense should be kept out of public school science classes. Falwell continues:
Creationists and evolutionists utilize the same historic facts and evidences in their research, but they reach largely dissimilar conclusions. But the evolutionists’ interpretation of the evidence at hand is largely given authority over the proposals of creationists.
Is there any creationist website that doesn’t make that claim? Yeah, they use the same evidence — except for the things they don’t like — and they reject any conclusion that doesn’t support Genesis. Here’s more:
While a typical PBS broadcast on science or nature will include the assertive phrase “millions of years ago,” it is apparent that a large percentage of the audience has misgivings about the statement. I believe this is largely the result of solid Bible teaching that continues to echo in our nation’s churches.
Yes. They’re doing a great job. Moving along:
And there’s reason to believe that the creationism message will soon be communicated to more people than ever. In Hebron, Ky., not far from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, the spectacular Creation Museum is nearing completion.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Falwell was a fan of Hambo! Another excerpt:
The Creation Museum, described as a “walk through history,” is scheduled to open in 2007, and I am anticipating that it will have an impact on our culture the likes of which we have never seen. This spectacular alternative to the evolutionary natural history museums that are turning countless minds against the Gospel and the authority of the Scripture, will soon be recounting what the Bible teaches on creation, dinosaurs, the world flood and many other pertinent topics.
Verily, it’s worked out just as Falwell predicted. And now we come to the end:
In the meantime, I will continue to stand against the evolutionary and secularist tides by proclaiming that God spoke the heavens and the earth into existence in six literal days.
And so he did. Goldwater was right, of course. Falwell and his type were a disaster for the GOP. And we’re all suffering as a result.
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