Peter Hess on Glenn Beck

Peter Hess, the Director of Religious Community Outreach for the National Center for Science Education, takes Glenn Beck to task for comparing Bill Nye to the Catholic Church that persecuted Galileo. And he writes some absolutely delicious prose. I really wish I’d written this:

Beck attacked Bill Nye the Science Guy for the latter’s claim in a video that teaching creationism is dangerous and inappropriate for children. In a puzzling non sequitur, Beck compared Nye to the sixteenth-century persecutors of Galileo. He asked rhetorically: “How’s he gonna look? Really? Is he going to look like the people who threw Galileo up? [sic]” (NCSE’s research team has been unable to find historical references to Galileo having been eaten and regurgitated by bulimic members of the Inquisition.)

Glenn Beck’s mind is a labyrinth of illogical inferences, historical blunders, and moral contradictions. When he opens his mouth, they all come buzzing angrily forth like malevolent spirits pouring forth from Pandora’s box…

Glenn Beck plays the court jester in the throne room of the kingdom of antiscience—a menace to rational thought and especially to science.

Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

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  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Yup.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    The title of this piece brings a deplorable image to mind – and I don’t even know what Peter Hess looks like!

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    Though I don’t think a ‘court jester’ is ever much of a ‘menace’.

    Maybe he’s the Keeper of His Majesty’s Piss-Pot??

  • dingojack

    Richard – this came to mind:

    COUNT D’MONEY: Sire – you look like the piss boy!

    KING: And you look like a bucket of shit!

    :) Dingo

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    Dingo,

    Not far from what was in my mind :-)

  • Michael Heath

    Ed’s description of this quote:

    Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

    Well, it’s not perfect. The portion of Peter Hess’s blog that Ed quotes starts off with:

    [Glenn] Beck attacked Bill Nye the Science Guy for the latter’s claim in a video that teaching creationism is dangerous and inappropriate for children.

    Are we now all Sarah Palin? Mr. Beck didn’t “attack” Bill Nye, he attempted to criticize him and ended up defaming him. But “attack”? No.

  • colnago80

    Re Michael Heath @ #6

    Mr. Beck didn’t “attack” Bill Nye, he attempted to criticize him and ended up defaming him. But “attack”?

    In my book, defaming someone amounts to attacking them verbally. Apparently, MH and I have different books.

  • David C Brayton

    That is some excellent prose.

    And that shit about Galileo should be used henceforth to define non sequitur . That line of thought is just totally messed up.

  • a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Can we have an analog to Godwin’s Law for anyone who brings in Galileo or Einstein? Because I sure know that as soon as my opponents start comparing themselves to either, I’ve won.

  • davideriksen

    Well, the Galileo gambit is already a thing. I’m sure an Einstein corollary is workable.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @7. colnago80 :

    Re Michael Heath @ #6 “Mr. Beck didn’t “attack” Bill Nye, he attempted to criticize him and ended up defaming him. But “attack”?”

    In my book, defaming someone amounts to attacking them verbally. Apparently, MH and I have different books.

    Yup.

    I’d definitely say the use of the word “attack” applies equally to verbal – and written savagings as much as physical ones. Maybe its just colloquially right not technically (?) but its certainly how the word is used and understood by most folks I reckon.