Another Epic Meeting of Wingnut Minds

I wrote last week about the historical meeting of Alan Keyes and Louis Gohmert, but it may already have been topped when Kevin Swanson of Generations Radio appeared on TruNews with Rick Wiles. Naturally, they immediately proclaimed that Mark Twain was possessed by demons.

Swanson explained his theory about the demonic possession of Twain, among others, while appearing on TruNews with host Rick Wiles.

“Mark Twain was probably the strongest apologist against the Christian faith that America’s ever seen,” said Swanson, claiming that Huckleberry Finn was an “attack on the Christian church” by exposing Christian hypocrisy on issues like slavery. “He mocks Christianity throughout and Huckleberry Finn is an atheist himself.”

Swanson argued that “his book is extremely, powerfully, cynically against the Christian faith” because Twain was possessed by demons.

“Mark Twain himself I believe turned out to be demon-possessed,” he said, citing Twain’s book Letters from the Earth, which he called “one of the most acidic, horrific, evil books I think ever, ever written by any human being in the history of mankind.”

And then he lied about Charles Darwin:

Swanson had some harsh words for Charles Darwin as well, calling him a “sadist” who was also “insane.”

“He suffered from multiple, multiple forms of insanity and he confessed himself to be a sadist who enjoyed torturing small animals to death and dreamed of killing and murdering people,” he charged. “Charles Darwin was an extremely evil man, and I think he was ultimately the root of what happened with Adolf Hitler and eugenics and racist programs.”

I think these two should form a team. They could be the Siegfried and Roy of abject stupidity.

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  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    because Twain was possessed by demons.”

    It all makes sense now! Samuel Clemens was just minding his business when an evil demon took over and turned him from mild-mannered Sammy to raging evil Mark! A 19th century Incredible Hulk.

  • Daniel Dashwood

    Twain himself said his best book was “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte.” Have these fools read it? Certainly it would lead them to believe even more in Twain’s demonic possession, since the book glorifies a young woman and not men. And a Catholic woman to boot.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Charles Darwin,

    “…suffered from multiple, multiple forms of insanity and he confessed himself to be a sadist who enjoyed torturing small animals to death and dreamed of killing and murdering people,”

    Can you imagine what the American Inquisition will be like if clowns like Alan Keyes and Louis Gohmert get control of the Government?

  • frankb

    When I was young and discovered Twain’s witty observations about religion, my father who had been a fourth generation minister said that Twain had become bitter in his old age. No, that is an apologist making excused.

  • Larry

    I would dearly love to hear Twain’s response when told he was possessed by demons.

  • howardhershey

    “Huckleberry Finn was an “attack on the Christian church” by exposing Christian hypocrisy on issues like slavery” The Southern (and much Northern) Christianity of his time was not being hypocritical on issues like slavery. They supported slavery because the Bible endorsed it. And the fact is that the Bible still does support slavery, so the real hypocrisy is to claim that slavery is Biblically wrong if one believes in Biblical inerrancy and literalism.

  • dugglebogey

    I can understand why you’d think they are insane.

    Being around crazy fundamental christians drives me insane too.

  • Artor

    “They could be the Siegfried and Roy of abject stupidity.” Can I watch them get eaten by big white tigers? Please?

  • iknklast

    Larry #5: I suspect it would be similar to my reaction when I was told this summer that I WAS a demon – I just laughed. It was ridiculous. Twain might even do like I have and make that part of his personality, letting everyone know he was possessed by demons.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Even if they’re right about the demons and the insanity, I don’t see how that makes Twain and Darwin wrong. Maybe I skipped a step.

  • Chiroptera

    Do they send researchers to these meetings to observe the effect that having so much stupid in a room has on the fabric of reality?

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    …claiming that Huckleberry Finn was an “attack on the Christian church” by exposing Christian hypocrisy on issues like slavery.

    And all this time, I thought it was Christian hypocrisy on issues like slavery that was the problem.

    Good to know the real monster is Mark Twain for exposing it.

  • John Pieret

    The bit about Darwin being a sadist comes from the execrable Jerry Bergman, based on Darwin’s love, as a young man, of hunting:

    http://www.icr.org/article/1511/

    What Bergman hides/doesn’t know is that the kind of hunting, where large numbers of birds are shot in a day was the standard of the time and even into the 20th century. Anyone who has watched Masterpiece Theatre knows about “shooting parties.” Darwin may have been particularly avid but hardly out of the norm of his day.

    Another thing Bergman focuses on is Darwin’s account of how he beat a puppy when he was young, something he regretted. Bergman’s take:

    He even admitted that he later felt much guilt over his behavior, indicating that he knew his actions were wrong (p. 27). At this time, he still had a strong faith in God, and this fact may partly explain his guilt (p. 25).

    Except at the time he recounted the event and his regret, in his Autobiography, he was, as he said himself, probably an agnostic.

    Of course, if love of hunting is sadism, what about all those “pry it from my cold dead fingers” hunters in the Bible Belt?

  • caseloweraz

    “Mark Twain was probably the strongest apologist against the Christian faith that America’s ever seen,” said Swanson, claiming that Huckleberry Finn was an “attack on the Christian church” by exposing Christian hypocrisy on issues like slavery.

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has long been on the list of books banned in some jurisdiction or another. In 1982, the Mark Twain Intermediate School of Fairfax County, Virginia banned it as “racist trash.”

    True story. See page 80 of The Language Police by Diana Ravitch.

  • caseloweraz

    Oops: S/B “Diane Ravitch”.

  • Sastra

    Larry #5 wrote:

    I would dearly love to hear Twain’s response when told he was possessed by demons.

    “All right then, I’ll go to Hell.”

  • marcus

    I thought you said there were minds meeting somewhere. I read the whole thing and found no evidence of any such thing as a “wingnut mind”.

  • dmcclean

    Grumpyoldfart @3 said:

    “Can you imagine what the American Inquisition will be like if clowns like Alan Keyes and Louis Gohmert get control of the Government?”

    No, but it’s OK because I have people for that.