Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Beck: Liar, Lunatic, or Oh Lordy

Wow! That is all I can say. Well, not really, since I'm posting about the guy. Glenn Beck has really gone off the deep end with his latest rant. He has passed the last stop on the way to Crazytown. I thought I was watching Pat Robertson on the 700 Club for a minute. But for all of his ranting, Beck seems to know very little of the Christianity he professes. In an earlier show, he made some crack about "swords into plowshares" being a "commie plot". It very telling that he is unfamiliar with one of the most famous images from the New Testament.

He cries about how we should follow the ten commandments, lamenting that they have been removed from a park. He then follows this with the standard right-wing fundamentalist claim that no one can pray in school. Children can pray in public school as long as they are not causing a scene or disrupting class. But teachers and other government employees cannot coerce children to pray. He is breaking one of the very commandments he wants others to follow. What about the ninth commandment? The one about not bearing false witness? Oh, I see. Do what I say and not what I do. He can cherry pick his Christian commandments, but others must obey them all.

Glenn Beck follows an all too familiar format, a former drunk, now drunk on Jesus. He talks about an empty void inside everyone that must be filled with his god. He has traded an addiction to alcohol and drugs with an addiction to religion. His void was formerly filled with alcohol and drugs and is now filled with Jesus and an authoritarian church structure. He projects his own feelings of worthlessness and moral weakness on everyone else. Sorry, Mr.Beck, but I have a happy and productive life, filled with family. I don't have an empty void waiting to be filled. I also don't need an authoritarian structure to give my life purpose and morality.

Beck rants on and on about how "the godless" are corrupting American society and are responsible for all its social ills. Replace the "the godless" with "the Jews" and anyone can see exactly where he is going. I won't be surprised if one day he appears wearing a brown shirt on his show.


I thought of this scene in V for Vendetta when I heard Glen Beck. Friendly Atheist also has it posted as well.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

One Step out of the Textbook

I just don't understand the Texas Board of Education. They want to remove the name of Neil Armstrong as one of the first astronauts on the moon from Texas textbooks. After all of the crazy antics they have pulled trying to remove evolution in the curriculum, one would think that the ridicule that has been directed their way would at least generate some self reflection amongst the board members. But no, the crazier the better.
"What I think is happening here is there's too much politics and not enough kids. There's too much ideology and not enough education," said Kathy Miller of the Texas Freedom Network.

On day one of hearings in Austin, disagreements flare over the importance that should be given to civil rights leaders including Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall.

On the other side some members are looking at adding mentions of people like Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh to the curriculum.

"I want these board members to talk to professors at Texas colleges and universities and ask them, what my daughters need to know when they graduate from high school," said Miller.
Well now we know who the Texas BOE regards as heroes. Neil Armstrong just isn't up to Texas BOE standards. After all, Armstrong wasn't arrested with illegal Viagra in the Dominican Republic, a country known for its child sex tourism. Neil Armstrong only walked on the moon, no big deal.