Friday Fundamentalist Farce File #1

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I mentioned last week that one of my readers signed me up to receive updates from OneNewsNow, a joke of a news organization associated with the American Family Association that provides the most conservatively biased accounts of news you can imagine.  Now, you don’t have to.

They claim to pull their stories from AP News, but it is SO easy to see from the language that quite a bit of bias is injected.  It has been so amusing to read these newsletters throughout the week that I thought I’d start a new feature where I showcase some of the most absurd articles so that my liberal, freethinking blog audience can experience the same laughter.  All of the following headlines appeared in emails I now receive daily from the OneNewsNow Editor. Here, now, is the first edition of Zack’s Friday Fundamentalist Farce File.

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blog-bullet 2/14/2009 – Young woman booted from team for being straight

She claims the coach, who is allegedly lesbian, took issue with her heterosexuality.

Also worth noting is that 63.40% of OneNewsNow readers are most concerned “that the mainstream media would be all over this if the roles were reversed (i.e., scholarship revoked because player was gay).”  Of course, the OneNewsNow version omits the fact that an appeals committee upheld the decision.

Click here to see the original AP story.

blog-bullet 2/15/2009 – Pro-life pastor prepares for sentencing

“His approach was simply to carry a sign that said ‘Jesus Loves You. Can We Help?’ and offering those who wanted it some information about alternatives to abortion,” Howard explains.

If you do a search for Walter Hoye, you’ll find a whole lot of folks praying for him.  It was hard to find news about the story that wasn’t overly biased.  What actually happened is he violated “The Bubble Law.”  Even though this source has its own bias, here is an article detailing what happened a bit more objectively:

Pro-Life Pastor Walter Hoye Sentenced To Jail (The Voice)

blog-bullet 02/16/2009 – Transgender janitor shocks elem. school parents

Camenker believes parents are also fearful of liberals in the community and finds it troubling there is a climate of fear against speaking out. He adds that on the reverse side of the letter, school officials listed radical homosexual websites in order for parents to get more information on “transgender issues.”

The worst part is probably the survey about how the school should deal with questions about transgender employees: 37.38% feel the school should “Avoid the issue – dismiss employees who undergo sex-change surgery/therapy”.  I have to at least give the article a little credit for using the appropriate language to discuss transgender identities, minus all those obnoxious quotes, of course.

blog-bullet 02/17/2009 – Why no ‘nuclear’ push in stimulus package?

“So the government wants to force wind and solar energy on us,” she deduces — then explains some negatives associated with the two technologies.

“The frightening thing is these are two energy sources that have not proven themselves to be efficient or reliable — and the people who are going to pay for this is the American public,” says Watson. “Especially if President Obama is able to bankrupt the coal industry, as he has indicated during the election that he would like to do.”

I don’t think I need to say any more.  Wait, there’s one more little gem:

With nuclear energy, Watson says one does not have to worry about cloudy days or days with little to no wind — as one obviously would have to with solar or wind energy.

There seem to be a lot of bright folks over at the Independent Women’s Forum.  I don’t know how you can advocate for feminism without challenging gender roles and patriarchy, but they must have convinced themselves that they can.

blog-bullet 02/18/2009 – Book appeals to atheists, Christians alike

“And all I want [is] for people…to be open-minded — if they’re sitting on the fence — to realize that it’s very easy to prove God’s existence. You cannot have a creation without a Creator; you cannot have a painting without a painter.”

Sorry, Ray, inductive reasoning does not equate to evidence.  This man has absolutely no understanding of science or atheism.  If you need more evidence of Ray Comfort’s insanity, watch this enlightening interview if you dare.

blog-bullet 02/19/2009 – NASA official ‘off the deep end’ on coal

Another article about foolish perspectives on sustainability!

James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, recently called coal-fired power plants “death factories” and the trains that transport coal “death trains.” The remarks — made in an article published in The Observer — included the statement that “the dirtiest trick that governments play on their citizens is the pretense that they are working on ‘clean coal.'”

Strong words, but it makes sense, right? Apparently, Hansen was pretty far out there by suggesting this.  Just how bad were these comments?  Tell us, why is he so wrong??

The comments are shocking, Morano points out, because coal is one of the greatest liberators of mankind in the history of the planet. “If you look back in time, carbon-based energy has brought lower infant mortality, longer life expectancy, modern infrastructure, running water, electricity,” he notes. “It’s brought modern dentistry; it’s brought a whole host of medical advances.”

Great, so we should keep destroying our environment for the sake of teeth.  Clean coal is pretty amazing technology…

Wasn’t that fun?  It actually took a while to compile just one article per day, but I am happy to contribute to the wide world of debunking and mocking propaganda!

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There are 4 Comments to "Friday Fundamentalist Farce File #1"

  • Anastasia says:

    Wonderful! I’m happy to see another ‘debunker’ out there! You might want to check out http://counterknowledge.com/ for some more debunking. They cover just about every subject. My debunking at Genetic Maize is restricted to science-based articles and journals. It does take time, but someone needs to set things straight.

  • Pete Berg says:

    Great article, Zack. Keep it up!

    Also, I just can’t get enough of Ray Comfort. That guy is high comedy.

  • Julian D. Woodruff says:

    Mr. Ford:
    In reference to Rev. Hoye, I don’t believe he was accused of pushing anyone during the episode for which he was arrested and has now been sentenced. Suppose he had, though. Do you think his sentence should have been tougher in that event? I ask because this happened in front of an abortion clinic in Sacramento this morning: an abortion clinic escort left clinic premises, came out to the sidewalk, and pushed one of the pro-life picketers (whose civil right it is to stand on the sidewalk and tell people his/her opinion of the “proceedings” within, right?). No one’s ability or right to enter or leave the facility was being challenged before, during, or after this incident, and no complaint was filed against the escort.
    Or what charge should be filed against the man who picks up the mother of his unborn baby and tries to carry her away from an abortion clinic in an attempt to prevent her aborting the baby? A gross violation of her rights as a woman, right? Today I saw a woman leave the parking lot of an abortion clinic, pursued by (presumably) the father of the child she was carrying her. Having failed to convince with words to destroy the life they had conceived, he at one point picked her up, hoisted her to his shoulder, and attempted to carry her back to the abortion clinic.
    I don’t see how you liberals can square such behavior with the concept of justice.

  • ZackFord says:

    I don’t believe Rev. Hoye was arrested for pushing; my understanding is that he was arrested for violating the law’s buffer zone or bubble zone, which requires that picketers respect a certain perimeter around the clinic.

    If there is a law or set of protections to protect picketers from being pushed, I would hope they too would be respected. Not knowing what happened with the push this morning, I would not try to analyze the situation. Given that no complaint was filed against the escort, I assume this is a non-issue.

    My personal value regarding this issue is that women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies. It is just as wrong to force a woman to have an abortion as it is to prevent her from having an abortion. If one of my fellow liberals disagreed with that point, I would be surprised, but I would side with you Julian.

    What I think is the worst injustice is the intimidation and miseducation that is used against women trying to make very difficult decisions about their own lives and futures. I have no sympathy for Reverend Hoye’s situation, and I can empathize with the escort who was so affected by the picketers that ze felt the need to react defensively (though I do not support violence as a means to resolve disputes).

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