Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From the incomparably clueless Matthew Staver, quoted by the Worldnutdaily:

“Those who wish to revise American history are often ignorant of history,” said Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel. “Some secularists wish to revise history in order to bury America’s rich religious heritage.

“It was the Great Awakening that preceded the American Revolution. Without a religious revival, there would have been no lasting civil liberty, and without the American Revolution, there would be no America,” he said.

Apparently Staver needs to be introduced to the concept of post hoc reasoning.

The quote appears in a Worldnutdaily article pointing out that the ridiculous prayer offered by Cynthia Dunbar upset “libs” because she was actually quoting Earl Warren, deemed by many to be the liberal chief justice of the Supreme Court (he wasn’t actually all that liberal at all). This is a silly and pointless game of gotcha that simply makes no sense when you think about it.

Okay, so Earl Warren believed that the Bill of Rights was based on the Bible. And he’s wrong, obviously. There isn’t a single provision in the Bill of Rights that has any concept even remotely analogous in the Bible. The Bible does not say a word about political liberty or political rights.

Let’s try to put this into a syllogism:

A. Cynthia Dunbar offered a stupid and historically ignorant prayer that was criticized by liberals.

B. The prayer quoted Earl Warren, who many regard as a liberal.

C. Therefore, liberals were wrong to criticize that prayer.

Sorry, not even remotely logical.

One should also note that, despite those views, Earl Warren held a fairly strict interpretation of the First Amendment. He did, after all, rule in Epperson v Arkansas that it was a violation of the Establishment Clause for the state of Arkansas to prohibit the teaching of evolution on religious grounds.