Morons on parade, 2010-Feb-27

  • Creationism may be about to weasel its way into Israeli schools, too.

    The chief scientist in Israel’s ministry of education, Gavriel Avital, “sparked a furor” by questioning the reliability of evolution and global warming, leading to calls for his dismissal, according to Haaretz. “If textbooks state explicitly that human beings’ origins are to be found with monkeys, I would want students to pursue and grapple with other opinions. There are many people who don’t believe the evolutionary account is correct,” he was quoted as saying. “There are those for whom evolution is a religion and are unwilling to hear about anything else. Part of my responsibility, in light of my position with the Education Ministry, is to examine textbooks and curricula.”

  • Christianity and Voodoo are at war in Haiti. It began when a group of evangelicals disrupted a Voodoo ceremony, pitching rocks at participants.

    Haitian voodoo leader vows ‘war’ after attack on ceremony

    Haiti’s supreme voodoo leader vowed “war” on Wednesday after Evangelicals attacked a ceremony organized by his religion honoring those killed in last month’s massive earthquake.

    The attack on Tuesday in the capital’s sprawling Cite Soleil slum came with religious tensions rising, as Protestant Evangelicals and other denominations recruit in the wake of the earthquake that killed more than 200,000.

    “It will be war — open war,” Max Beauvoir, supreme head of Haitian voodoo, told AFP in an interview at his home and temple outside the capital.

  • As sad as it is that even poofy silliness like beauty pageants have become the venue for our endless culture wars, it’s even sadder that a would-be exemplar for the American girl would approvingly quote the Biblical death sentence for homosexuals.

    Ashley originally told us she was against gay marriage and quoted the Bible’s Old Testament as saying, “If man lies with mankind as he would lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death and their blood shall be upon them.”

  • The way to satisfy your gay porn jones in Uganda is by … going to church. Yes. In order to rally support for the proposed law specifying execution of homosexuals, churches are now undertaking to horrify congregants into agreement by displaying gay porn.

    “The major argument homosexuals have is that what people do in the privacy of their bedrooms is nobody’s business but do you know what they do in their bedrooms?” the pastor asked. Ssempa then displayed a slide show of gay pornographic pictures.

So: science education must defend itself in Israel, a country that’s hanging-on by its fingernails in a hostile world and desperately needs well-trained minds and all hands on deck; religious war in Haiti, though they have better things to think about; an unserious little airhead in California thinks executing gays is a good idea; and gay porn in Ugandan churches.

Is it just me, or are the Pious demented?

I am unable, ever, to read stories like these without recalling F. Scott Fitzgerald’s dismissal of Tom and Daisy in The Great Gatsby:

I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made …

He may as well have been talking about Holy Men. If there’s a dumber, more useless or more destructive class of men than they on this tired ol’ earth, I can’t think who it might be.

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