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Today’s Quote: Scalia: I Believe in Miracles

“Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, appointed by Ronald Reagan, apparently has studied theology and has convinced himself that the irrational is rational. ‘It isn’t irrational to accept the testimony of eyewitnesses to miracles,’ Scalia said. ‘What is irrational is to reject a priori, with no investigation, the possibility of miracles in general and of Jesus Christ’s resurrection in particular — which is, of course, precisely what the worldly wise do.’ The ‘worldly wise’ is code for ‘non-believers.’ In his speech before the St. Thomas More Society, Scalia did not reveal where he gets his information about why non-believers reject miracles and other supernatural claims. Divine inspiration, perhaps.
“These unwise words on what’s rational come from a man who not only believes stories that claim there were eyewitnesses to The Resurrection, but who also believes in the virgin birth, the stigmata, the Trinity, and that the cracker he eats at Sunday Mass has been transubstantiated into a godman. By the way, five other Supreme Court justices apparently share Scalia’s religious views: Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alioto, and Sonia Sotomayor. I say “apparently” because, although they are all Roman Catholics, one can’t be sure they all believe everything the Roman Catholic Church teaches.”
— Bob Carroll, The Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 11, Nov. 4, 2010.

The miracle is that the Christopublican theocrat Scalia was ever appointed to the Supreme Court of a secular nation.

The Conservapedia Delusion of Andrew Schafly

As Stephen Colbert remarked during a speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner at which a visibly uncomfortable ‘President’ Junior Bush was on the dais, “Reality has a well-known liberal bias.”

To counter that perceived ‘bias’ at Wikipedia, Eagle Forum nutcase Phyllis Schafly’s kid, Andrew, mounted a dimwitted Christopublican-Free Market-Literal Bible site in 2006 to spread the neoconservative message with bile-laced faith-based delusion, the same delusion that’s damn near destroyed the country, and may succeed in tearing it apart yet. But, hilariously enough, even the Bible as it’s written is not conservative enough for raggedy Andy he actually launched a ‘Conservative Bible Project’ to rewrite those portions he considers too ‘liberal.’ (One would guess that would be any passage expressing kindness for the homeless and poor, berating the rich and telling them to give their possessions away, or asking the reader to forgive one’s enemies and renounce the judging of others.)

Here, Bob Carroll of the Skeptic’s Dictionary drags the little Liar-For-Jesus and his buncombe-packed ‘encyclopedia’ over the glowing hot coals of rationality:

The Conservapedia Delusion

By Bob Carroll
The Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter (Skepdic)
Vol. 9 No. 9
September 3, 2010

The group of Christian conservatives (led by Andrew Schafly) who run Conservapedia call their confabulations and rewriting of history, biology, and everything else under the sun, an alternative to “liberal” Wikipedia. Worse, they call their own set of fairy tales “the trustworthy encyclopedia.” They swear to it on a stack of Bibles so it must be true. Their delusions are matched only by the paranormal evangelicals at Skeptical Investigations.

The Conservapedia folks have an entry for “Skepdic,” where they chide me for not listing global warming and evolution as “junk science.” To these puerile jabberwocks, vorpal swords in hand, theology is the queen of the sciences. Under the “contents” heading for their Skepdic entry, they note: “The website also contains articles attacking Biblical history such as Noah’s Ark.” The story of Noah is literal history to these choir boys.

I’m referred to as a “militant” atheist, whatever that is. If you click on “atheist” you find these neo-con confabulators writing: “Unlike Christianity, which is supported by a large body of sound evidence, atheism has no proof and evidence supporting its ideology.” A man could crack a few ribs with falling-down laughter at the claims these clowns make. By proof and evidence I suppose they mean faith. They get very nasty–nasty as only an idiotologist can get. The nicest thing they say about atheism is that it is an ideology. It isn’t an ideology, by any definition, but correct usage of terms is as irrelevant as getting the facts straight to these theocrats. The rest of their diatribe against atheism qualifies them for the Phil Plait certifiable-dick-of-the-year-award.

Dumbest Website Ever

It would be impossible to identify the dumbest website ever, but in addition to Conservapedia I would put Saberpoint in the top ten. Saberpoint’s motto is “riding roughshod over the asinine and idiotic” while “supporting the conservative cause and the tea party movement.”

2010 Bob Carroll.

While I’m not necessarily an atheist deeply cynical agnostic is more like it — and tend to agree with J.B.S. Haldane’s quote: “Now, my suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose. I suspect that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of, in any philosophy,” I admire Bob Carroll and his Skeptic’s Dictionary for attempting to bring some needed rational and scientific enlightenment to a country that’s drowning in revisionist history, goofball religious gullibility, and pure idiotic tripe.

Today’s Quotes: Teddy Roosevelt’s Incredibly Racist Imperial Cruise

“Nineteenth-century democracy needs no more complete vindication for its existence than the fact that it has kept for the white race the best portions of the new world’s surface.”
— President Theodore Roosevelt

“The Imperial Cruise [“The Imperial Cruise A Secret History of Empire and War” by James Bradley] was a trip. I wasn’t taught in my history classes that Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft had inspired the Japanese with visions of superior races having the right to spread their culture and superior values to lesser races. The Japanese took a page out of the U.S.A.’s book when it began expanding into southeast Asia, Manchuria, China, and Korea. Superior people don’t have to keep their word. They have a right to screw lesser peoples out of whatever they feel like taking. We expected Japan [to follow our example] and [took] a good chunk of Asia for ourselves. We had already taken Hawaii, the Philippines, and some other choice lands. After our invasion of Iraq for preemptive reasons (to prevent them from attacking us first), the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor doesn’t seem as cowardly and dastardly as it was portrayed when I was a schoolboy.”
— Bob Carroll, from the Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter, Volume 9, Number 8, August 2, 2010.

“The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best and therefore never scrutinize or question.”
— Stephen Jay Gould

“But we must not be fooled into believing that American Fascism consists of a few persons, some crackpots, some mentally perverted, a few criminals These are the lunatic fringes of Fascism, they are also the small fry, the unimportant figureheads, just as Hitler was before the Big Money in Germany decided to set him up in business.”
— George Seldes, “Facts and Facism,” published in 1943.