Thursday, December 18, 2008

RICK WARREN & OLD TETANUS: Two of a kind, separated only by geography, relative wealth and fame

"Evolution and Darwin has taken man away from being God’s creation and placed him outside the spiritual realm," thundered Tetanus from his blog pulpit in Bethlehem yesterday.

"The fact that man is allowed to believe he came from a prime evil [sic] pool of soup and a single cell of nothing is enough to open up doors to evilness that would normally not be there."

You see, dear readers, our fall from grace has been all the fault of Charles Darwin.

"You're not an accident" is a bromide mega-famous evangelical pest preacher Rick Warren is famous for.

Google it and one finds it was put on a coffee cup by Starbucks around the time a judge tossed the teaching of creationism (sold as intelligent design) out of science class at the Dover school district in southern Pennsylvania.

But the big quote circulating today is the Warren laugher, emitted on Larry King Live:

"... [Here's] an interesting thing I have to ask. How can you believe in Darwin's theory of evolution and homosexuality at the same time? Now think about this. If Darwin was right, which is survival of the fittest, then homosexuality would be a recessive gene because it doesn't reproduce and you would think that over thousands of years that homosexuality would work itself out of the gene pool."

The antipathy of Christian evangelicals to the gay community is no surprise. Warren is vigorously opposed to gay marriage in California.

What's more interesting and deplorable is the twisted confabulation in which his homophobia is used to get at another evangelical bogeyman -- Charles Darwin.

Earlier this week the Los Angeles Times ran a story about how the Obama administration was going to restore the role of sound science's contribution to policy making.

While Rick Warren is only giving the invocation, Barack Obama could do a lot better.

Rick Warren is the modern-seeming gentle-voiced version of the weird and retro white crank demographic now dominating the Republican Party. It's America's screwed-up all too recent past, one afraid of the future and people unlike it, insisting it is fighting to prevent the downfall of everything we must hold dear in a culture war being won by the infidels. It's evidenced in the commercials for gold (shilled by trusty R. Gordon Liddy), Cristy Lane CDs and services and drugs for the old, white, decrepit and fearful which dominate Bill O'Reilly's show on Fox. The only major differences between Rick Warren and the Lehigh Valley's Old Tetanus are ones of tone, platform and bank account size.

Religious leaders like Rick Warren only make it harder for progressives with faith. He creates an impression, maybe a legitimate one, that the country -- despite a landmark election -- is still seriously fossilized when it comes to reconciling belief in God with tolerance and science.

"Evolution, Darwin, Socialism, Marxism, all do away with God, Jesus Christ as man’s savior and turns man’s life from freedom through obedience to God into slavery to the State," continues Tetanus before wishing readers a Merry Christmas and for the Lord to provide "peace and safety" to all in the coming year.




Related:

I can see dinosaurs from my back porch!

Liberals believe in ghosts -- because their faith in an awesome God is insufficient.

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