Pharyngula

Fear the philistine

I am reminded of the whole host of intellectual failings of creationists: it’s not just that they reject modern science, but many of them tend to be brain-damaged peckerwoods who are also incapable of viewing literature and art without squawking in horror, unless maybe it’s a tasteless photorealistic airbrushed Aryan Jesus, or perhaps some cookie-cutter landscape from a hack like Kincade. For a truly sickening example, just look at Ray Comfort’s latest blog entry. He’s reacting to a documentary of Gustav Klimt, which describes his work as “sensuous” and “obsessed with women”, which are all marks of Satan in Comfort’s book. He ends his recitation of the description of the eroticism in Klimt’s paintings with this:

If you too enjoy gazing at the naked female form, you don’t have to go to New York to see similar works. You can find them scrawled on the walls of most public rest rooms.

I know there are lots of good artists around, but they generally don’t scribble on restroom walls. Does this look like something you’d find on a bathroom stall?

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Does this make you think of pornography?

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Here’s a gallery of art by Gustav Klimt. There’s a good reason he’s a famous painter — this is wonderful stuff. Ray Comfort, two-bit rednecked ignoramus that he is, sees none of it, and is so freaking dishonest that he doesn’t dare show his readers any of Klimt’s actual work … so instead he does his own crude rendition of “The Kiss” to illustrate his screed, and just so you don’t miss his point, he crudely slathers wicked words all over it.

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I think you might find Comfort’s work in a seedy, filthy restroom somewhere, but not Klimt’s.

Just so you don’t think this battle is all about nothing but esoteric arguments over details of the interpretation of rarefied biological data, I can’t imagine a clearer example of the broader field of the struggle. This is a war over all of Western culture. What do you want? Klimt or Comfort? Science or lies?

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?, OM
    March 10, 2008

    How are you going to run the creation stories, and the two Noah’s ark stories? In split screen?

    Yes yes yes!!! I’d love to see that. :-)

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?, OM
    March 10, 2008

    So when I quit worrying about what might actually be wrong with him and his ilk, as if there might be something positive to do about them, I come full circle to “Fuck off, and mind your own goddam business, eh? You don’t like naked pictures, don’t look at ‘em, and shut up about it while you are fucking off because you are harshin my mellow with all your chatter.”

    I know that phenomenon :-)

  3. #3 David Marjanovi?, OM
    March 10, 2008

    “Modern Europeans have words for the seven basic colours of the rainbow, whereas other societies have from two to eleven.”

    Only the Russians have seven separate words for colors of the rainbow and actually use them.

    Newton made “indigo” up and declared it to somehow not be blue because he wanted there to be seven for metaphysical reasons.