Creationist Wisdom #458: Defiant Rabbi

Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s actually a column) comes to us from a website we’ve never visited before — NewsWithViews. From what little we’ve seen of their garish website and their about us page, they seem to be another WorldNetDaily, but we don’t yet know enough about them to have a firm opinion.

What caused them to be snared in our global news sweep is this column, which we’ll treat as if it were a letter-to-the-editor: CHOOSE WISELY, YOUNG MAN.

We usually omit the writer’s full name and city, unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures, but in this case the letter-writer is Rabbi Daniel Lapin. He seems to be the Jewish equivalent of a televangelist, with his own TV show and his own website, which has an online store where you can buy DVDs of his television series. Wikipedia has an article on him: Daniel Lapin.

We’ve only just encountered this guy, but he seems to be very much in the pattern of people like ol’ Hambo, and unless we learn differently, he’ll get the same treatment around here. Is it proper to call a rabbi a rev? Apparently so. The word “reverend” is applicable to all clergy. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

He begins by saying that it was “politically incorrect, imprudent and dangerously reckless” for a German living under the Nazi regime to announce that he had Jewish friends, or for Russian living under Stalin to declare his admiration for America, or for a Muslim living in a country under Sharia law to express enthusiasm for Christianity. From there, he leaps into the all-too familiar “persecution by the secularist conspiracy” mode:

Any American today, living under the oppression of the country’s dominant faith, secular fundamentalism, who professes belief in the God of Abraham and in the Bible is being politically incorrect.

Somehow, despite that “oppression,” the rev seems to be doing okay. It’s amazing that he can survive in such a hostile culture. He tells us how horrible things are:

If he [who professes such belief] works in entertainment, government, or education he is also being imprudent and reckless. He won’t imperil his life as in my earlier examples but he will certainly jeopardize his job.

Wow — it sounds like the days when Nero was Emperor. In America, religious folks have to meet secretly in the catacombs. Let’s read on:

Just ask Professors Mark Armitage, Richard Sternberg, and Guillermo Gonzalez.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Now you know how the rev ended up in our morning news sweep. Do we have any readers who don’t recognize those names? Well, okay, we’ll give you some links for background — but just one per individual. See WorldNetDaily Supports Mark Armitage. Regarding Richard Sternberg (formerly Richard von Sternberg), he’s a Discovery Institute “senior fellow,” known for the infamous Sternberg peer review controversy. As for the rev’s third martyr, whom we call “Gonzo,” he’s another Discoveroid “senior fellow” — see this from a year ago: Ball State University Hires Guillermo Gonzalez.

Bear in mind that those guys are the rev’s intellectual heroes. He continues:

Like any bully resorting to force after failing to persuade by fact and reason, secularism silences dissent with suppression, ridicule, and threat.

Science has not failed to persuade by fact and reason. That’s how it has prevailed — well, except for people like the rev. As for threats — what scientists do that? We dish out our share of well-deserved ridicule around here, but the only victims of threats and suppression we’re aware of have been people on the science side — like Galileo and John Scopes. Notwithstanding his fantasies of threats and suppression, the rev seems to enjoy a wide audience, so what kind of imaginary world is he living in? Here’s more:

The underlying belief of secularism is that we humans are nothing more than super-evolved primates. You think you’re touched by the finger of God? Don’t be ridiculous! You’re just an animal with all the healthy appetites of an animal. If it feels good, do it.

Oh, how horrible! Were it up to the rev, whatever feels good would be forbidden.

The rest of the rev’s column is about the wickedness of sex — except for the kind sanctioned by him. There’s lots of bible talk and loads of preaching about the joys of virginity. This is Sunday, so if you’re in the mood for a sermon, then click over there and read the rest of what the rev has to say. But this is where we’ll leave him — raving and ranting (in what seems to be perfect freedom) against suppression and threats.

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21 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #458: Defiant Rabbi

  1. I wonder what the stats are for Jewish temples closing? I have been celebrating the fact that churches are shutting down, but it seems that they aren’t the only ones suffering.

  2. SC: Somehow, despite that ‘oppression,’ the rev seems to be doing okay.”

    He even has the freedom to censor himself, by conveniently omitting that “Darwinists” who also “profess belief in the God of Abraham and in the Bible” have no problem with that “oppression” by “secular fundamentalism.”

    Well, at least no one can accuse this guy of “lying for Jesus”. 🙂

  3. One might call this one ‘kosher Ham’–except, there doesn’t appear to be any fundraising going on.

    Silly Rabbi: schticks are for quids…

  4. Derek Freyberg

    This man is “America’s Rabbi” the way that “Wheel of Fortune” is “America’s Game Show”.

  5. The rabid Rabbi Lapin used to be on radio talk in the Seattle area, along with the likes of the equally rabid Michael Medved. They were pathetic, spewing their obnoxious hate talk against anyone who disagreed with them, and in this instance, anything to do with science and evolution. Like good creationists, they’ll grab at any straw to make their argument. Unfortunately, their listeners are not too bright and feed on their BS.

  6. @Megs: 😆 😆 😆

  7. Does anyone notice what this guys name means?

    In French, “lapin” means “rabbit.” Say hello to Rabbi Rabbit, folks.

    I know, that’s mean and beside the point. But it pales by comparison with what creationists say about evolutionists or, like the good lagomorph, “secularists.”

  8. Over the past 40 years religious fundamentalists have lost some of their power to dictate to the rest of us how we should live our lives as courts have been following the Constitution when it comes to issues like teaching creationism in public schools. The fundamentalists are now complaining that they are the victims of persecution, not because they are persecuted, but as a result of them not being able to impose their beliefs on others the way they once could.

  9. Christine Janis

    “Say hello to Rabbi Rabbit, folks.”

    At least he’s not a Precambrian rabbit.

  10. Megalonyx: “One might call this one ‘kosher Ham’”

    I’ll see Con-Tester’s three smiley-faces and raise it two:
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    My wife is wondering what has me so convulsed…

  11. Make that five LOLs: 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  12. You think you’re touched by the finger of God? Don’t be ridiculous! You’re just an animal with all the healthy appetites of an animal. If it feels good, do it.

    On the other hand, what is the reason that one has all the appetites of an animal? Because one is touched by the finger of God? If that is not the reason, what is it? Why does it feel good? Because one is touched by the finger of God?

    We have the appetite for sweet, salty, fatty food. Who is there who says that because it feels good, “do it”? The “secularist evolutionists” explain the appetite for sweet, salty, fatty food as arising from our ancestry. But our ancestry does not tell us what we ought to do – if my ancestors were serfs, that does not mean that I should be, too.

    But if we have the appetite for sweet, salty, fatty food because we are touched by the finger of God? Well then, who is going to question the will of God?

  13. @TomS:

    It’s even worse than that. When these people resort to the implication that accepting evolution leads to “if it feels good, do it” they are admitting 2 things, whether or not they are aware (and I’m almost certain the Rabbi is fully aware): First, it’s the basic is/ought fallacy, the only reason to risk it is total lack of confidence in their pretended evidence against evolution. Second, and worse, they are effectively denying free will! When either whopper is exposed – which unfortunately does not happen nearly as often as it ought to – they pathetically backpedal with something like “no, no, that’s not what I meant, you don’t understand.” But by then the cat’s out of the bag, and it needs to be rubbed in their face at every opportunity.

  14. Americans “who profess belief in the God of Abraham and in the Bible:” The Most Persecuted Majority in World Hisory.

  15. “Like any bully resorting to force after failing to persuade by fact and reason, secularism silences dissent with suppression, ridicule, and threat.”
    Ah, that’s why the Rabid Rabbi Rabbit (great find, David and Eric) throws his garbage on internet – there is an evil secular scientist behind him who puts a gun against his head. Yes, the rabbi is a genuine martyr.

    @Frank: the thumbrule is that human beings only have free will when it suits apologists.

  16. DavidK: “The rabid Rabbi Lapin used to be on radio talk in the Seattle area, along with the likes of the equally rabid Michael Medved.”

    Lapin’s name was familiar, I most likely heard it from him being a guest on Medved’s show, which I have listened to regularly on the drive home from work for years. If so, I’m almost certain that they did not discuss evolution, ID or creationism. Despite being a Discoveroid, Medved almost never mentions those hot topics, other than in a roughly annual friendly “debate” with Michael Shermer (which invariably degenerates into a debate about God) or in the heavily-censored regular feature with a fellow Discoveroid. That feature, which started a year or 2 ago, may have been discontinued due to lack of audience interest. But I have heard enough to know that Medved is definitely not a YEC, and may even accept common descent. That’s not a compliment of course, because Discoveroids, as slaves to the big tent, will never challenge any anti-evolution position no matter how absurd they find it. So much for the pretense of “critical analysis.” One time a few years ago Medved had Dinesh D’Souza on his side in a debate with Shermer. When D’Souza admitted evolution, Medved did not challenge him, but was silent, and quickly changed the subject.

  17. “Like any bully resorting to force after failing to persuade by fact and reason, secularism silences dissent with suppression, ridicule, and threat.
    What a hodgepodge!
    “Like a bullly … after failing to persuade”, yeah, sure, that’s like a bully.
    “… with suppression, ridicule, and threat”, the three characteristic methods of a bully.
    He didn’t mention the comfy chair, though.

  18. Frank J said:
    “Well, at least no one can accuse this guy of ‘lying for Jesus’.”

    One should not jump to conclusions based on personal labels (rabbi in this case). Otherwise one might conclude that creation scientists were actually real scientists. The below is stated on their “about us” page:

    “NewsWithViews.com is NOT affiliated with any religious organizations or groups. We believe in God and our Lord Jesus Christ the Savior of mankind.”

    So the rabbi is in fact a believer in the Jesus mythology. And of course any group constrained to those who “believe in God and our Lord Jesus Christ the Savior of mankind.” couldn’t possibly be a religious organization. Also note the obvious irony that is so very typical of fanatics (near the top of their web page): “Where Reality Shatters Illusion”. That sure convinced me,

  19. Sorry about the bad formatting above, it looked fine prior to posting.

    [*Voice from above*] You must have written it in some program that puts in line breaks. It’s best to copy for posting only after you remove word wrap.

  20. Their web site is state of the art circa 1996. Flashing gifs, scrolling text and all.

  21. “In French, “lapin” means “rabbit.” Say hello to Rabbi Rabbit, folks.”

    I was going to refer to him as “Danny Bunny”.