Thursday, March 16, 2006

Wingnuttery

We've got a great line-up of wingnuts today, from local bloggers, to state legislators, and on up to the inimitable David Horowitz. Horowitz was in town promoting his charge that colleges are out promoting liberalism and demanded legislative fixes.

Rep. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, author of a resolution calling for the Board of Regents to pass rules that it already has on the books, explains her concerns "It’s really the university’s job to teach students not what to think, but how to examine academic subjects critically,”
Horowitz explains that his beef is with the KU and KSU women's studies departments which "require students to demonstrate an understanding of heterosexism and oppression of women." Can anyone else see how requiring people to understand something does not "teach them what to think?" You don't have to be a communist to pass a political philosophy class, but I dare say you better understand communism, and be able to discuss communism and its various forms if you expect to pass a course or complete a major in political philosophy.

Revka also has reading comprehension issues, claiming that people say (note, all spelling, spacing and capitalization is original):
Bush caused Katrina and all the other hurricanes, Tsunami's, and brush fires, not withstanding the explosions in the coal mines,Tornado outbreaks, and more! Bush controls the weather, and every horrible event that occurs on Earth! Bush is also responsible for the evils men perpetrate toward one another.. i.e. Sudan. He must put on his spiderman suit and cure all the evils in the world or we will just blame them all on him!
The basis for this seems to be this quotation:

Critics have accused the administration of not doing enough to stop genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, responding too slowly, to the Asian tsunami and disregarding global environmental threats such as climate change.
You see, failing to do enough is the same as causing something. Of course. Perhaps Revka thinks that the half of Kansans who disapprove of the administration's performance are waiting for the spidey suit. Or maybe the administration is actually doing a bad job.

She also dismisses climate change for being "prideful." How that's an argument against the clear evidence that human produced carbon dioxide is heating the atmosphere remains ambiguous at press time. I agree that it's prideful for us to change the Earth all on our own, and that's why I support measures to stop global climate change.

But enough bashing Revka, Let's talk about the Reverend Franklin Graham, who affirmed his belief that Islam "is a very evil and wicked religion," and continued:

Do they want to indoctrinate me? Yes. I know about Islam. I don't need an education from Islam. If people think Islam is such a wonderful religion, just go to Saudi Arabia and make it your home. Just live there. If you think Islam is such a wonderful religion, I mean, go and live under the Taliban somewhere. I mean, you're free to do that.
This is roughly the equivalent of saying "if you think Christianity is so great, go live under the Inquisition, or go live in the Jim Crow South when the Klan ran the show. If you think Christianity is such a wonderful religion, go and live under the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda." But local radio host Steve Forman agrees wholeheartedly. Why blame people for their bad acts when you can stigmatize a whole religion?