Thursday, June 08, 2006

Ann Coulter Smoking Crack?

I would like evolution to join the roster of other discredited religions, like the Cargo Cult of the South Pacific. Practitioners of Cargo Cult believed that manufactured products were created by ancestral spirits, and if they imitated what they had seen the white man do, they could cause airplanes to appear out of the sky, bringing valuable cargo like radios and TVs. So they constructed “airport towers” out of bamboo and “headphones” out of coconuts and waited for the airplanes to come with the cargo. It may sound silly, but in defense of the Cargo Cult, they did not wait as long for evidence supporting their theory as the Darwinists have waited for evidence supporting theirs.
I have my doubts that Coulter actually believes any of this but obviously there are many who do. Many in this country seem to have religion and science confused: they believe that the biblical account of Creation in Genesis is science, and that evolution is a religion. Some of them believe the Earth is only 6000 years old; hell, human beings have been brewing beer longer than that.


Blogger theBhc said...

What is amazing to me about Coulter's description of Cargo cults is how much it sounds like religion rather than science:

"Practitioners of Cargo Cult believed that manufactured products were created by ancestral spirits..."

What does that sound like?

"So they constructed “airport towers” out of bamboo and “headphones” out of coconuts and waited for the airplanes to come with the cargo."

Sounds like building churches and praying, waiting for the Almighty to "give them a sign."

Coutler, once again, demonstrates an incredible lack of critical thinking and, as with most of her idiotic blatherings, is how she garners so much time and attention on media outlets. And if there is one thing she smart about, though, it is how to turn raving stupidity into a large revenue stream.

1:40 PM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

Sometimes, I think Coulter, Malkin and those of her ilk aren't there to be believable, but to stretch the bar.

It's like those late-night infomercials that say "How much would you pay for this ? $550? $600? You get all this for four low payments of $39.95" The consumer feels he's gotten something of value for considerably less, but because of the exaggeration is blind to the fact that he/she has just shelled out $160 bucks for just so much garbage.

Because Coulter pushes the envelope to a ridiculous extreme, many other ideas that are completely totalitarian in nature seem all the more reasonable. We, as a public, feel ourselves smarter when seeing through the stupidity that is Coulter, and we become complacent. Meanwhile, we usually don't realize that we have just bought a load of totalitarian nonsense (warrantless searches, wiretaps, monitoring, etc.) for $160.

6:32 AM  
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12:05 PM  
Blogger Joseph said...

And if you want to know what 6000 year-old beer tastes like, try Lucky Lager.

More seriously, I agree that it is an open question as to whether Coulter really believes this crap. She has a law degree. When she fulfilled her General Education requirements, she must have taken a Physical Anthopology class, in which she must have read about the overwhileming evidence in favor of evolution.

Of ourse, it is the fundamentalist Christians who most resemble the Cargo cultists. Like a lot of other people, I first learned about that cult from the film "Mondo Cane." The haunting images at the end of that film pop into my mind every time the TV cameras pan to the primitive southern brutes attending services held by some televangelist.

Of course, the Cargo cultists behaved with greater dignity, and were capable of some creativity.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous purple said...

You think she sounds weird?

Maybe she is merely trying to reach her readership.

A Law degree? As a French Canadian, I don't know her very well but I remember seeing an interview where she argued with the interviewer that Canada had joined the US in the Vietnam war... and she would have to get back to him on that because she was sure ...

She may have one of those internet diplomas. Or, if she did read Law, maybe she simply couldn't find the University Library.

Monique, Montreal

12:07 PM  

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