Back in March of 2006, I gave the Robert O’Brien Trophy to a delightful little loony named Michael Westfall. This guy actually spends his time writing letters to people that pretend to be from Satan, thanking them for their service to his evil agenda. Seriously. I’m not making that up. Naturally, I had a little fun with that. Apparently, he doesn’t appreciate having received such a prestigious award; I can’t imagine why. After all, he joins the ranks of people like Gerald Allen and Joseph Farah. Who could ask for more?
Anyway, he’s posted this extremely funny attack on me now that really has to be seen to be believed. As always, when it comes to the truly whacked, it’s nearly impossible to parody because it reads so much like a parody itself. It purports to be an expose` on how “left-be-hinder” sites (huh?) “attempt to confuse, twist and demonize Christians and Christian beliefs.” He begins:
I hesitate to garner any of these unknown bloggers the attention that they so desperately seek, but for this paper I will focus on just one.
I can’t find any measure of the popularity of his webpage (an alexa search shows the whole Tripod site, not just his), but I’d be willing to wager a few bucks that this blog gets a lot more hits than his page. Now’s where the run starts:
The site is called Dispatches From The Cultural Wars, and an individual, Ed Brayton, runs it from the dark edges of the Internet. In the pool of importance Brayton’s tiny little site is but the smallest of minnows.
Actually, I run it from the outskirts of Stanton. Being a small town in the country, there aren’t a lot of street lights so I suppose it does qualify as the “dark edges” in a way. Of course, I don’t think that’s what he meant.
Mr. Brayton considers himself a great mind, but I must warn you that if you are to understand the demeanor and twisted words of Brayton and his ilk, you must first hold your nose and then check your brains and values at the door. He behaves like an ACLU groupie want to-be and calls himself a longtime evolutionist. His trifling claim to fame is that he was a co-founder of the little known Michigan Citizens for Science…http://michigancitizensforscience.org/main/nfblog/mission-statement/ which fights for the teaching of evolution in classrooms, and the Panda’s Thumb http://www.pandasthumb.org/ which is another pitiful little site also dedicated in large part to evolution.
LOL. I don’t consider these to have anything to do with claiming fame, contrary to Mr. Westfall’s silly statement; they’re just other things that I work on. And given that the Panda’s Thumb is has won several awards as one of the top science websites in the world, calling it a pitiful little site is little more than wishful thinking.
The Bible talks of those who will harden their hearts and believe in themselves and nothing more. We owe a debt of gratitude to those people who are standing up against such little people like Brayton and for what the Braytons of this world represent.
I’m guessing my heart is roughly the same consistency Westfall’s is. If it actually hardened, it wouldn’t pump much blood and I’d be dead. And of course, I believe in a great many things, not just myself (whatever that might mean anyway).
Please be aware that many of the subsequent links from Brayton’s representative site do contain objectionable material. Following you will find several issues and examples of the decadent comments against our Christian leaders from this pitiful site.
“[Before going to any Left Be-Hinder links be aware that these sites do contain “very” objectionable material.]”…
This is the part I find funniest, because what follows is nothing but a set of links to various posts I’ve written on various subjects, preceded by references to specific people that he, one assumes, regards as holy and immune from criticism. Like this:
* Franklin Graham… http://www.billygraham.org/
Franklin Graham talks of the mission of the Billy Graham Evangelic Association to reach as many people as they can with the good news of Jesus Christ.
See…Dispatches From The Cultural Wars http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2005/09/katrina_and_the_wingnuts.php
The link discusses the fact that Franklin Graham claimed that God sent Hurricane Katrina to destroy New Orleans because we took God out of schools. Apparently, Westfall thinks that’s a reasonable proposition and I’m a terrible person for criticizing it. Which only confirms that Westall is dumber than a pork chop. The post goes on like this for quite some time, listing people I’ve criticized like Gary Bauer or Jerry Falwell, giving a link to their webpage and a link to my post criticizing them.
The funny part? At no point does he actually quote anything I’ve said and dispute it. There isn’t a shred of substance at all in his post, not a single argument countered or disproven. Apparently he thinks that the mere fact that I’ve criticized someone he deems holy makes me wrong and merely listing these “God fearing decent people” defeats my position. A curious mindset, to say the least. He does go on after that to paraphrase some of my positions, but doesn’t bother to answer them:
Brayton calls the teaching of creation to our children in their classrooms fraud, and Brayton’s mission is to justify, promote and support those who practice homosexuality. The Bible is not bashful or politically correct as it clearly calls the practice of homosexuality an abomination. Brayton, on the other hand, fights for same-sex marriage and fumes that “religious people” are hypocritical and incoherent in the argument relative to gay “special rights.”
Well yes, I do say that the “special rights” rhetoric of the anti-gay crowd is incoherent and hypocritical. Am I wrong? Westfall doesn’t bother to say. I mean, clearly he assumes I’m wrong, but since he doesn’t even attempt to formulate an actual reason why, that’s pretty much meaningless. I explained the reasons why that rhetoric is incoherent and hypocritical, and Westfall is certainly free to offer logical reasons to dispute that argument, but he doesn’t even try to do so. Ah, maybe “Satan” will get to it in his next letter.
In the end, the only thing that you can counter these people with is the truth in the Bible, even though they reject it, … there is nothing else.
Well,you could try formulating reasoned arguments based upon actual evidence, but that is clearly well beyond your grasp; better stick with just quoting the Bible.
The meandering and bewildered “Left Be-Hinders’ ” outcry today is “Death to the Bible!”, “Death to God’s traditional Church!” and “Death to the future of decency and morality!” They are losers that believe everything is relevant, there is no particular supreme God worthy of answering to and scripture is not God inspired, but meaningless semi-historical literature so there are therefore no absolutes and everything goes.
Well gosh, I don’t know what to say now. I mean, PZ Myers claims that I “loathe[s] atheists, and would like to see them silenced”, now this guy says I hate Christians, decency and morality and demand their death. Isn’t it interesting how the nuts on both ends of the spectrum seem to think that someone who supports free speech out to out to the furthest limits of the tolerable is just dying to silence them, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding? Paranoid clowns to the left of me, irrational jokers to the right…and here I am.