Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hedgehogs on the Beach

From the annals at Right Wing Watch, here's a story of creationist grifters Kevin Swan and "Creation Museum" creator Ken Ham claiming that they are "effectively very, very close to Omaha Beach in the war of the worldviews?"

I think Swanson and Ham are being surprisingly accurate in their characterization of their role in the culture wars. Swanson and Ham are the human equivalents of the "Czech hedgehogs" that littered the beaches of France- they are vicious, dense, and serve only as an impediment to progress.

As an added bonus, here's Ham's talk of the specter of the loss of the "war of the worldviews":

It is, it’s an extremely important battle. Because, you know what, it only takes one generation to lose a culture. That’s all it takes. And if you can capture one generation, you’ll have the culture. And just as, you know, when the Israelites crossed the Jordan river and there were 12 stones to remind the next generation of what God did and what did we find? They weren’t reminded, the next generation, they lost it in one generation, we’re losing this culture before our very eyes today because the church opened the door to allow the philosophy of naturalism, and evolution, millions of years, to permeate into God’s word. We need to shut that door. If we don’t shut that door, that’s where the battle’s at right now, if we don’t shut that door, we’re going to lose this culture, America will be the England and Europe of tomorrow.

GASP, we'll be the England and Europe of tomorrow? Will that mean that we'll have super high-tech jet fighters trains from the future? Well, clear those goddamn hedgehogs off the beach already!

Postscript: The danger of posting a link to a Nena video (even Nena singing in English, which is second-rate Nena) is that I will now spend the rest of the night watching Nena videos.


Smut Clyde said...

Staring down the barrel
At the hedgehog on the ground
I can see his open mouth
But I hear no sound

Smut Clyde said...

I would have chosen the Battle of Britain, myself, if I were looking for an example of an underdog in a climactic clash of civilisations to obtain the sympathy of my audience. But if Ham and Swanson prefer to identify with the Nazis, I'm not gonna stop them.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Post title is either a future Doctor Who episode or a lost Robyn Hitchcock album. You ain't foolin no one.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Nena! Nena! Nena!

mikey said...

He's absolutely right, of course. The problem with mythology when a culture decides to take it seriously is that, once people begin to think critically about its tenets, it appears silly and embarrassing, much like 8 year old boys arguing about Pokemon.

It does, in fact, only take one enlightened generation to pry loose the grip of primitive fantasy and shake forever the bonds of ancient dogma.

But fear not, Mr. Ham, for your loss is sure to be some other grifter's gain. Humans have a great deal of trouble accepting reality without some hocus overlaid on their pocus, and it won't take them long to attach themselves to another, equally ridiculous doctrine...

Substance McGravitas said...

it appears silly and embarrassing, much like 8 year old boys arguing about Pokemon

That is some serious shit.

Smut Clyde said...

The danger of posting a link to a Nena video... is that I will now spend the rest of the night watching Nena videos


Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

You nailed it, old chum, by realizing that Ham and his chum, "defending" against modernity, basically godwinned themselves.

Helmut Monotreme said...

I never knew they were called Czech Hedgehogs. I always called them "tank stoppers". When I was a youth in the 80s living in Norway there were a dozen or so at the gate of the NATO base in Kolsas where my father was stationed.