More Ahistorical Bullshit From David Lane

David Lane, the organizer of Bobby Jindal’s prayer rally over the weekend and perhaps the most powerful kingmaker on the Christian right, has yet another article at Charisma News spouting ahistorical nonsense (the article actually seems to have been removed, the link above is to the Google cache of it). Weirdly, he doesn’t even get the usual wingnut talking points right.

The secular U.S. Supreme Court invented their own theology and religion in 1963, in an 8-1 decision, which unleashed on America a malignant, evil religion: Secularism. It has borne much fruit:

“The distinctiveness of marriage has been abolished (Baird v. Eisenstadt); prayer and Bible reading in schools has been stamped out(Abington, Schemp, et al.); the mother’s womb has become the most dangerous place for a baby (Roe v. Wade, et al.); the rights (but not the duties) of fathers and parents of minor girls have been voided (Planned Parenthood v. Danforth); divorce has become easier than marrying; the Ten Commandments have been banned from public view; and now the natural distinction between male and female is being abolished (Goodridge, Lawrence, etc.). The Pledge of Allegiance is forbidden; the Boy Scouts are under attack; and Christmas carols are banned. Pornography is everywhere.”

I can only presume that the court ruling he references is Abington Township v Schempp, the case that did away with mandatory Bible reading and recitation of the Lord’s prayer in public schools. But why that one? The usual Christian right rhetoric puts the start date at 1947 in Everson v Board of Education, the first time the Supreme Court applied the Establishment Clause to state action. Or why not 1962, when the court ruled that having students recite a government-composed prayer was unconstitutional. If forcing school children to recite prayers is not a violation of their religious freedom, what on earth possibly could be?

And his list of allegedly horrible results is nonsense. What in the hell does “the distinctiveness of marriage has been abolished” mean? Baird v Eisenstadt was a 1972 ruling that states could not forbid unmarried couples from buying contraception. Does Lane really think that the government should ban birth control for those who aren’t married? Nor is it true that divorce has become easier than marriage. And actually, the divorce rate has been going down, not up. And where on earth does he think the pledge of allegiance is “forbidden”? 45 states now require that schools have students recite the pledge every morning. And where are Christmas carols banned? Nowhere that I know of. These are just lies.

“God says” or “man says” is the choice facing America. “We the people” must hold the Judicial, Legislative and Executive Branches of government accountable or be ready to answer to God; this is our point of no return. The secularist ideology is more than a mere political philosophy, dueling for ideological supremacy, it is a Weltanschauung (a world view), a religion. Secularism — the false idol instituted by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963 — has finally bloomed, blossomed, and produced fruit, it’s stench is nauseating.

No, your insatiable desire to force others to follow your religion is nauseating, you totalitarian asshole.

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  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    @Ed

    Does Lane really think that the government should ban birth control for those who aren’t married?

    Given who he is, I’m sure that he wants it banned for everyone.

    @Wingnut

    Pornography is everywhere

    The thing is that pornography has been everywhere for a very, very long time. Given that there’s a decent correlation between online porn consumption and highly religious areas, I think that if he wants to clean stuff up, he needs to clean up his own house first. Before he tries that, he might want to research Sysiphus and King Canute. At least that would keep him occupied and out of our hair.

  • John Pieret

    your insatiable desire to force others to follow your religion is nauseating

    But … but … all True Americans™ are True Christians™ … *

    ____________________________________________________

    *Mormons and Catholics can apply but are not guaranteed admission.

  • Loqi

    Christmas carols are banned? Someone please inform the radio stations, because I can’t get non-Christmas music on the radio for 1/12th of the year.

  • cgm3

    Reading through his litany of social catastrophes engendered by secularism, I seemed to hear the voice of Alan Rickman declare, “…and Christmas is cancelled!”

  • wreck

    “the natural distinction between male and female is being abolished”

    What? They’re gonna take my dick away? I’m kind of attached to it.

  • RickR

    and now the natural distinction between male and female is being abolished (Goodridge, Lawrence etc.)

    WAT

    (Trying to parse what christofascist idiots mean by statements like this is too much for me first thing in the morning, even with plenty of coffee)

  • raven

    Lane is clearly just lying. It’s gibberish.

    Secularism — the false idol instituted by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963 — has finally bloomed, blossomed, and produced fruit, it’s stench is nauseating.

    It’s hard to say when secularism started but it was a long ago. Try The Enlightenment. It’s been around for centuries.

    FWIW, the brighter among the fundies know this. Of course, they hate The Enlightenment too. The Enlightenment was part of the ending of the Dark Ages. What Lane would call the good old days.

    it (Secularism) is a Weltanschauung (a world view), a religion.

    More gibberish. Secularism is part of a lot of worldviews. Including most xian ones. Here Lane claims worldviews are religions. They aren’t. And he implies that there are two worldviews, his and Secularism.

    There are thousands, millions of billions of Worldviews, depending on where you draw the lines. Lane’s Worldview is probably shared by him and a few others.

    Most secularists in the USA are other xians. That Supreme court he attacks was almost all…xians, a fact that has always been true including now.

    A lot of secularists in the USA are former xians thanks to people like David Lane.

  • Kevin Kehres

    @3… only 1/12th? My local station starts the all-Christmas stuff mid-November. Before Thanksgiving.

  • colnago80

    Re RickR @ #6

    and now the natural distinction between male and female is being abolished (Goodridge, Lawrence etc.)

    Translation: The secularists are letting the wimmins leave the kitchen and the bedroom.

  • eric

    And where are Christmas carols banned? Nowhere that I know of

    Just grasping at straws here, but I’m guessing he’s upset that schools sometimes get student/parent/media pushback when their public school does a seasonal choral event chock full of christian hymns and carols, without any even cursory nod towards secular music or other (non-western) traditional seasonal music. His idea of ‘forbidden” is “people complain when we try to monopolize the marketplace.”

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    @Loqi #3

    Christmas carols are banned? Someone please inform the radio stations, because I can’t get non-Christmas music on the radio for 1/12th of the year.

    He’s referring to the fact that a great many schools have changed their traditional “Christmas” program into a “Holiday” program and the smart ones are eschewing any explicitly religious carols.

    In other words, it’s just another whine about another loss of Christian privilege. He’s upset because he can’t make non-Christian children sing about the baby Jesus.

  • theguy

    @6:

    Low-brain-cell-occupancy Lane is probably complaining that transgender people exist, or at least that transgender people are out and aren’t being killed as much as he’d like.

    Most of Lane considers bad consequences sound fine to me; he has to dress it up in bullshit language to sound as though Christians are being persecuted because other people have rights.

    Does this line:

    “the rights (but not the duties) of fathers and parents of minor girls have been voided”

    sound like he’s advocating for husbands and fathers to force women to give birth? That’s what I assumed it meant, but who the F knows with these people?

  • Taz

    “God says” or “man says” is the choice facing America.

    Actually the choice is between “man says” and “man says God says”. I’ll take the first, it’s more honest.

  • abb3w

    @0, Ed Brayton

    And where are Christmas carols banned? Nowhere that I know of.

    The Christmas Carols thing is probably a (distorted) reference to some public school that ran into problems with too many religious songs in their winter concert — possibly this incident from 2013. (My Google-fu turns up no indications of what happened there for Xmas 2014. Maybe make a note in your calendar for a follow up after Thanksgiving this year?)

  • Akira MacKenzie

    “God says” or “man says” is the choice facing America.

    So, essentially he wants man to say that God says that man will say what God says in which man says that God says…. AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!