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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