Monday, January 16, 2006

blinded by the Right

Light posting for a few more days, the start of school and family health issues are eating up my time. Look for some interesting new stuff soon, though. Meanwhile...

Watching Ken Adelman release enough hot air on CNN to accelerate global warming just now, I was struck by an interesting comparison. Ken was telling Leslie Blitzer that the United States wasn't covertly meddling in Iran enough for the last thirty years, and that is why we have the "problem" (they won't do what Bush tells them to) that we are having with Iran right now. Ken thinks that we should be clandestinely undermining their politics and encouraging a revolution against the powers-that-be in Iran, calling this sort of activity "part of the spreading of freedom." That is an utterly disreputable way of achieving a goal, whether it be an admirable goal or a despicable one.

A little while back, in Dover, Pennsylvania, a Republican federal judge ruled that the school system's policy there was in violation of the separation of church and state by insisting that "intelligent design" (creationism) should be taught in classrooms. In his ruling, the judge specifically castigated most of the people on the ID side for their untruthfulness in court. Numerous witnesses were caught in lies and fabrications that were clearly intended to improve their chances of achieving their desired results.

Given that both of these matters are largely supported by the same group of people, my question to both the current administration and the theocratists is the same:

If your ideas about these matters are so right, good, proper, and correct, if your concepts are so valid, why do you need to be so dishonest about implementing them? I can't read your minds, but I can tell you that every single time I have seen anybody advocating actions and positions in a dishonest and underhanded way, it is because they are trying to hide the truth about their agendas, goals and motives. So, tell me, do you have any good reasons for why you are such a bunch of liars all the while you are vigorously defending your morality and ethics even as you denigrate mine?

That, of course, is a rhetorical question.


Blogger Ronni said...

What sort of lies were they telling? Do you have a link? I seem to be out of the loop on this one!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Milo Johnson said...

From Judge Jones' ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover, via the Red State Rabble blog. (

"The citizens of the Dover area were poorly served by the members of the Board who voted for the ID Policy. It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the ID Policy."

More details in the November and December archives there.

1:17 PM  

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