Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Norris family values

Dear reader, our blog has moved to a new address.

Do come on over (and change your bookmarks accordingly): rationalist.org.uk

If I had to name my favourite ranting evangelical, it'd have to be Chuck Norris. Given that he's basically the toughest guy ever, he's a worthy adversary, and his weekly column for conservative website WorldNetDaily is pure gold. We nominated him for last year's Bad Faith Award, which in a twisted fashion is a gesture of our love, and that was before his hilarious (and I mean actually hilarious - they even play on the Facts phenomenon) endorsement of Mike Huckabee, which I've included at the end of this post.

And now I come across this extract from his latest book, Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America, in which he reveals that the creationist nonsense he enthusiastically broadcasts in his column landed his nephew in a spot of trouble at school:
"My nephew Andrew Cox, who is a strong young Christian man, was in the fifth grade when his teacher, a young lady who had graduated from the University of Berkeley, told the class to write a report about evolution. Andrew said he couldn't do that because he didn't believe in evolution. He went on to say that he believed God was our Creator and creator of the heavens and the earth. The teacher gave him an “F,” instead of allowing him to write about what he believed in based on his own convictions. Rather than believe that he was a glorified ape, he believed that he was a child of God made in His image. He is in Army Intelligence now, serving our country in Iraq."
What has the world come to when a teacher with a university education gives you an "F" for handing in a science essay lacking any basis in scientific fact? I despair, I really do. And I'm glad I have Chuck Norris to despair with me.

[Found via Pharyngula]


SES said...

University of Berkeley?

Oh, he must mean the University of California. (Unless one specifies another UC campus, such as Santa Barbara or Irvine, it is assumed that one is speaking of the original campus in Berkeley when one says "University of California.")

Among the educated, it's a pretty well known school, with 27 Nobel Laureates who have served on its faculty.

Tom Rees said...

I like the idea that the kid now works for army intelligence. Had always suspected the term was a bit of an oxymoron!

Anonymous said...

I'm no Norris fan, but I've read Chuck's book, "Black Belt Patriotism," because I had an intellectual friend tell me that it had done a "surising" job researching the Founders. Actually, he was right. The book is amazing, which shows me that Norris had some help. It addresses modern problems with our Founders' solutions--and it totally succeeds. Whatever you think of Norris, the book is a no-nonsense, very well researched text that gives much better solutions than our ludicrous politicians and pontificating pundits.

about dr. rev. jeremy taylor said...

jeremy taylor, d.min. stole the name ministry of dreams to make prophet that God spoke it to and created it for fall, u.u. jeremy taylor m.a. stole the name ministry of dreams to make prophet that God spoke it to and created it for fall , reverend jeremy taylor stole the name ministry of dreams to make prophet that God spoke it to and created it for fall: Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley , Anaheim - UU Church in Anaheim

Bakersfield - Unitarian Fellowship of Kern County
Canoga Park - Emerson Unitarian Church
Costa Mesa - Orange Coast UU Church
Escondido - Chalice UU

Fullerton - UU Church in Fullerton
Goleta - Live Oak UU
Hemet - San Jacinto - UU Fellowship of Hemet & San Jacinto Valley
La Crescenta - UU Church of the Verdugo Hills
Laguna Beach - UU Fellowship of Laguna Beach
Lancaster - Antelope Valley UU Fellowship
Long Beach - UU Church of Long Beach
Los Angeles - First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles
Mission Viejo - Tapestry
Montclair - Monte Vista UU Congregation
North Hills - Sepulveda UU Society (Onion)
Pasadena - Neighborhood Church
Pasadena - Throop Memorial Church
Poway / Rancho Bernardo - Chalice UU Congregation
Rancho Mirage - UU Church of the Desert

Rancho Palos Verdes - Pacific Unitarian Church
Redondo Beach - South Bay Unitarian Fellowship
Riverside -- UU Church of Riverside
San Diego - First UU Church of San Diego
San Luis Obispo - UU Fellowship of San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara - Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
Santa Clarita - UUs of the Santa Clarita Valley
Santa Monica - UU Community Church of Santa Monica
Santa Paula - UU Church of Santa Paula
Santee - Summit UU Fellowship
Solana Beach - UU Fellowship of San Dieguito
Studio City - UU Church of Studio City
Thousand Oaks - Conejo Valley UU Fellowship
Ventura - UU Church of Ventura
Vista - Palomar UU Fellowship
Whittier - UU Congregation of Whittier, janetmck who is janet mcknight, ginny hill of bbc news, jonah weiland, dr. bill hamon, sistermoonshine13, utubiaparty1, robert gillen, joel tao all stole ministry of dreams to ruin Gods servant, tell on all of these and ruin like they want to ruin christian