Sunday, November 10, 2013



Kevin Swanson is a Colorado pastor who is an utter stranger to reality. Among other things, Swanson has said:

~ Mark Twain was demon-possessed;

~ That, after allowing homosexuals in, the Boy Scouts will soon have merit badges for incest and cannibalism; and

~ The Colorado government is worse than the North Korean government because it allowed civil unions for gays.

Now he is out with a book, Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West (promoted by ... who else? ... WingNutDaily) that claims that "Western Civilization" is in decline since 1700 because of a cabal made up of (I kid you not!) Charles Darwin, John Locke, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Dewey, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Nietzsche and ... wait for it ... William Shakespeare!

It seems that "[s]ince Shakespeare's day, the theater and the fine arts have become seedbeds for homosexual themes and homosexual behavior."

Funny ... wasn't it just a few years ago that the wingnuts were crowing about the 30+ states that had passed anti gay marriage legislation or constitutional amendments? Damn George Soros and his time machine!

If you want to read fiction dressed out as history, the least you should demand is that it be entertaining. Therefore, instead of wasting your time reading low-class trash by Swanson, you should waste it reading high-class trash, as in:
The TRUTH: Being a TRUE and IMPARTIAL account of the history of that damnable religion, the great EVIL of DARWINISM, also called EVOLUTIONISM and its attempts to bring the downfall of all moral and TRUE CHRISTIANTM virtue. Based on accounts of the events which form this evil history written by the best historians of the evil devices of DARWINISM and EVOLUTIONISM, and based on the best scientific principle of SUBJECTIVITY, and rejecting utterly the ATHEIST doctrine of OBJECTIVITY which clouds the mind of mankind and leads to the rejection of TRUE CHRISTIANITYTM. Written by a TRUE BELIEVER [and unearthed by the inestimable Richard Forrest].
You'll get every bit as accurate a picture of history from either but you'll have a lot more fun reading the latter.

Via Ed Brayton

So Shakespeare began his evil influence several decades after his death?
Liberal homosexuals are all time travelers.
I guess those liberal homosexuals aren't strong enough to kill Hitler then.
I thought everyone knew that Shakespeare's plays were really written by Dr Who.

And the good doctor might have killed Hitler - although that is not really his style - but that would have been in another timeline.
Humans into fruitcakes: Evolution proved!
Don't let these people near a copy of Marlowe's plays and poems (Jove and Ganymede in Dido, Queen of Carthage, Neptune and Leander in Hero and Leander, Henry III and his "minions" in The Massacre at Paris, and Edward II and Gaveston in Edward II). And definitely don't let them read Anthony Burgess' historical novel about Marlowe, A Dead Man in Deptford.

There's a bizarre peculiarity running through far-right thought that claims to uphold the best in Western Civilization by being shot of half or more of it at a single stroke. Benjamin Wiker, DI flunky and professor at a "great books college" (oh the irony!) called Thomas Aquinas College, did the same thing when he blamed the downfall of Western Civilization on Machiavelli's The Prince, Descartes' Discourse on Method, Hobbes' Leviathan, Rousseau's Discourse on the Origin of and Foundations of Inequality among Men, Marx and Engels' The Communist Manifesto, Mill's Utilitarianism, Darwin's Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, Lenin's The State and Revolution, Sanger's The Pivot of Civilization, Hitler's Mein Kampf, Freud's The Future of an Illusion, Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa, Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, and Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. His understanding of most of these works was minimal to say the least. I recommend the book, 10 Books that Screwed Up the World, if you want a cheap laugh, which is why I bought it used for $1 off a cart at a bookstore, but I can't recommend paying any more than that.
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