Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Religion-crippled reason

I guess God hates logic

Noah Hutchings is the superannuated leader of the Southwest Radio Church. His radio broadcasts are replete with numerological arguments (God the Master Mathematician) for various wacky Christian dogmas and earnest warnings about the imminent apocalypse. Hutchings isn't quite crazy enough to set dates in the manner of Harold Camping, but he demonstrates his lack of basic reasoning skills in virtually every radio program.

The July 6 installment of Bible in the News took President Obama to task for having issued a proclamation that designated June as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.” Hutchings quoted a line that was actually from Obama's 2009 declaration: “I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions.... These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants.”

Hutchings draws the obvious conclusion from the president's statement: “In other words, President Obama says that homosexuals are better than heterosexuals.”

Yeah, I can see that. In a world where “equal rights” immediately equate to “special rights” when certain minorities are concerned, it makes complete sense that praising the qualifications of gay individuals is tantamount to proclaiming them better than straight people. If your brain is sufficiently god-rotted, you can follow this line of reasoning, too.

Hutchings went on to say, “ He has indeed appointed, according to reports, over 150 to high government positions—many more than heterosexuals.” Oh, yes. The president has fewer than 300 government positions to fill by appointment, so 150 LGBT appointments constitute a clear majority of Obama's administration.

I think the statements by Mr. Hutchings are as stupid as any I've ever heard. Perhaps he will now declare that I am therefore claiming he is more stupid than anyone else. ... Damn. This time he might be right!


Ray said...

OK, mark me as dim-witted and slow to comprehend, but is 'fewer than 300' intended to be sarcastic? If not, then clearly 150 LGBT appointees is a majority.

Zeno said...

Yes, Ray, I am being sarcastic.

Kathie said...

“[President Obama] has indeed appointed, according to reports, over 150 to high government positions—many more than heterosexuals...”

Perhaps Hutchings aspires to be the next McCarthy, or a Protestant successor to the legacy of Father Coughlin?

Ray said...

Just goes to show how little I know about the US government, even having lived here for twenty years.

What is the (approximate) number of such positions, then, if 300 was worthy of being considered sarcasm?

Ray said...

Never mind... I just took a class at Google University, and was astonished to discover that the number is in the thousands, not the hundreds.