This is in response to a beef from the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission posted Monday on ChristianNewswire.com.
10. The headline itself is stupid. If you’re going to whine about being bashed, don’t use a title that suggests that bashing is praiseworthy or desirable. Hmmm…
9. Poor proofreading. “Christian Bashing in American in 2008” (first paragraph) implies that the alleged bash-fest transpired wholly within the interior of one particularly unlucky individual, thereby adding a new dimension to the term “bellyaching.”
8. More poor proofreading. “alter boys” (#9) refers not to a noun that Christians should be familiar with, but to an unfortunate act certain Catholic priests have been known to perpetrate.
7. Outright verbal ineptitude. By using “Meyer’s” in place of “Myers” (#7), the dolt who wrote this managed to mangle the spelling of PZ’s surname, misuse an apostrophe, and demonstrate an absent grasp of simple pluralization in just five keystrokes.
6. Hypocrisy, argumentum ex stercore tauri, etc. In #6, the writer claims that in making the film Religulous, Bill Maher “studiously avoided being fair and did not allow for legitimate Christian answers from any leading Christian intellectuals.” The oxymoron at the end of this passage aside, how often do Christian propagandists allow those with opposing views a voice in their unrelenting shitstreams?
5. Lying. “Chaplains for the State of Virginia are being denied their right to pray in Jesus’ name” (#5) is about as accurate as every other accusation of prayer suppression. These people simply refuse to admit to the basic distinction between prayer itself and sectarian prayer as a standard procedural matter in government affairs.
4. More lying. “SB200, a Colorado state bill recently signed into law, criminalizes the Bible” (#4) is just more of the usual hysterical bullshit. The bill itself is here, and Section 8 (page 7 of the PDF) is the source of the hysteria. It is not a crime to own or read the Bible, only to use it as a tool to discriminate against gays and others on the basis of its passages. It’s reassuring at some level, though, that Christians are acknowledging that their handbook foments discrimination–the bill doesn’t specifically mention the Bible at all.
3. Claims to mind-reading. #3 states that “CADC has determined that by any biblical and historic Christian standard, Barack Obama is not a Christian.” In addition to this being inane on its face, I would guess that 95 percent of self-professed Christians are not Christians by any biblical or historical standard, and that is a conservative estimate.
2. Hey, let’s lie some more. “Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, came under sharp attack by some in the mainstream media because she self-identifies as a Christian” (#2) is obviously a lie. Palin came under criticism for being a Christian nutcase. If merely self-identifying as a Christian is cause for being attacked, why wasn’t Obama (see above) and every other politician claiming to be Christian criticized just as harshly? Nuances are no more a strong point of these clowns than is writing in passable English.
1. Word salad. Here’s #1 in its entirety: “During and after the November campaign stories flooded in of pro-Prop 8 signs being taken, people verbally and physically assaulted, church property and private automobiles vandalized, and person’s jobs and pastor’s lives threatened simply for exercising their right to campaign and vote in support of traditional marriage.” I count six distinct grammatical errors in this single sentence. Look, no one’s perfect, but this degree of linguistic sin deals a severe blow to the claimant’s credibility, and I won’t even touch the content or the headline (“Radical Homosexuals Assault Prop 8 Marriage Supporters in California”).
Perhaps I have focused too heavily here on the misuse of English at the expense of bashing the CADC’s factual claims, but if so, I don’t think this is much of a point in the whiners’ favor.