Farris: Kids ‘Bludgeoned to Death Intellectually and Spiritually’ in Public Schools

Michael Farris, the head of Patrick Henry College and the Home School Legal Defense Association, is, like most right wingers, a bit of a hysteric. The man who once warned that Obama was going to allow the UN to remove kids with glasses from their homes now says that kids will be “bludgeoned to death intellectually and spiritually” in public schools because of gay marriage.

“The forces of officialdom,” Farris said, are “making it very difficult to see that anything other than your kids are going to be bludgeoned to death intellectually and spiritually if they’re remaining in the schools.”

Farris warned that there is a “philosophical war” in America, claiming that “the new, arriving orthodoxy is imposing a form of heresy trials and if any of us believe something that’s wrong, we’re going to find ourselves coerced and facing very serious legal consequences if we insist on believing that we don’t accept the articles of faith of same-sex marriage, of what I believe and you believe are sinful activities, being called right and good and wonderful.”

Projection much?

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  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Interesting. When I switched from Catholic school to public school, it felt much more like the emotional beatings had finally stopped.

  • MikeMa

    This is, of course, pure salesmanship. He has a product, homeschooling, from which some percentage of his income derives. If fewer people homeschool, he misses his boat payment. LGBT successes give him a ready fear stick with which to beat the dim and bigoted out there into giving up on public schools.

  • marcus

    Just so you know, the word “hysteric” is deeply sexist,

    Dictionary.com

    hysteric 1650-60; < Latin hystericus < Greek hysterikós, suffering in the womb, hysterical (reflecting the Greeks' belief that hysteria was peculiar to women and caused by disturbances in the uterus).

    Otherwise, carry on.

  • dingojack

    Why would anyone need to ‘bludgeon’ kids over marriage equality?

    Even with their best efforts to beat bigotry into them, the ‘Millennials’ (those born after c1980) have the highest level of support for marriage equality (and the lowest levels of support for the greatest objector to it, organised religion).

    A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury…

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    Marcus — you are aware that ‘wireless‘ no longer refers to transmitters/receivers of electro-magnetic radiation in radio band frequencies?

    Otherwise carry on.

    @@

    Dingo

  • John Hinkle

    …same-sex marriage, of what I believe and you believe are sinful activities…

    Gay marriage is sinful? I don’t recall that from the Bible, so I guess I’ll have to take Farris’ word for it. I’m sure he knows his own Bible, right?

  • colnago80

    The forces of officialdom,” Farris said, are “making it very difficult to see that anything other than your kids are going to be bludgeoned to death intellectually and spiritually if they’re remaining in the schools.”

    This is rich. Kids being home schooled by shitheads like Farris are the ones being bludgeoned to death intellectually by being brainwashed into thinking that the Theory of Evolution is all wrong, Big Bang Cosmology is all wrong, Climate Change is all wrong, vaccination is all wrong, etc.

  • frankgturner

    @ John Hinkle

    Xtians who actually know their own bible are not mainstream Xtians. Actually having read and learning the Bible often makes one a mainstream agnostic/atheist.

  • Jared James

    @3 True, but Farris is hysterical in the “inspires gales of laughter” sense, not the “incapable of reason because he has a uterus” sense, although the latter may be half right.

  • sugarfrosted

    @3 Just so you know bad is deeply transphobic.

    From Middle English bad, badde (“wicked, evil, depraved”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps a shortening of Old English bæddel (“hermaphrodite”)

    Etymology does not reflect modern usage.

  • Ellie

    No one should think for one single moment that Farris or HSLDA give’s a rat’s behind about the health and welfare of children.

    They are against anti-bullying legislation which would affect public school students only; they are against mandatory reporting of physical and sexual abuse of children; they defended in court, a couple who abused their adopted and foster children and after that case, the couple killed one child with bleach http://poundpuplegacy.org/node/20054

    They claim that foreign adoptees make up stories about abuse. So, they may consider “bludgeoning spiritually” to be a great evil, bludgeoning physically (or keeping children in cages) is apparently perfectly acceptable and should be defended as a parent’s right.

  • moarscienceplz

    marcus @#3 is trying to be the Anthony Scalia of FTB.

    Hey marcus, in the 19th century a “computer” was a person who did calculations for a living. Do try to keep up.

  • marcus

    dingo @ 5 Use the word or not as you wish, I was just pointing out that the origins of that word are, at their root, misogynistic and sexist.

    It is my belief that there are better words for what Ed was describing that don’t carry the anti-woman baggage. So for my part I will use those. Cheers.

  • raven

    They claim that foreign adoptees make up stories about abuse.

    I suppose they also make up stories about being dead.

    Several foreign adoptees have been killed by xian homeschoolers using homicidal corporate punishment.

  • dingojack

    Marcus –

    ‘Do what you wanna do, be what wanna be, yeah!’

    But you’re going to find:

    a) words sometimes have two meanings (sorry)

    b) the meanings of words change over time*

    c) etymological outrange can lead you to jump to false conclusions**

    d) avoiding ‘bad’ words is going to leave you sounding like a caveman with stroke

    Dingo

    ———

    * A friend of my nephew once told me, with complete sincerity, that ‘Homophobia was so gay’

    ** see ‘pussy’

  • Larry

    All those believing that the word hysterical is at all sexist, please raise your hand.

    Lets see: one…

    Anybody else? No?

  • dingojack

    Impenetrability, that’s what I say!’

    Dingo

  • marcus

    Thank you all for your contributions. I get your point. However, it was not that long ago. less than a hundred years, that women were diagnosed with “hysteria” due either to emotional stress, post-partum depression or general unhappiness with their lot in life and drugged to alleviate those “symptoms”.

    I know you think I am overstating it and you are probably right. I am most-likely just suffering from a case of the “vapors” or perhaps “nerves”.

    sugarfrosted @ 10 “Etymology does not reflect modern usage.”

    Yeah, I’ve heard the same said of the modern Australian usage of the word “c*nt”, and the southern white use of the word ni**er.

    Whether you agree with me or not, I’ve enjoyed the exchange. Thanks. Best, m

  • Synfandel

    The forces of officialdom…are making it very difficult to see that anything other than your kids are going to be bludgeoned to death intellectually and spiritually…

    “Anything other than your kids”? What else does Mr. Farris think should be bludgeoned to death in schools?

  • Loqi

    Atheists, unlike Christians, are known for their long, ugly history with heresy trials and inquisitions.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    You’re right about its past meaning, Marcus, but when a word reaches a point where its old usage has been forgotten, I think it should be released from prison, possibly given parole, and watched carefully to see how it behaves when freed.

    .

    On a related note, “bewitching”, enchanting”, and “charming” were once capital offenses.

    .

    On the other hand, words that still drag their original baggage along should be treated a little more harshly. I would not say that somebody haggling over a price is trying to “Jew it down”, nor would I refer to anyone as an “Indian giver”. Their original meanings aren’t even trying to hide.

    .

    In the 16th century, a woman with a cottage, sheep, a garden, a spinning wheel, and no husband was a “spinster”. While it was used as an insult, implying that she couldn’t get a husband, it actually revealed that she didn’t need a husband. Perhaps some old insults should be dusted off and used as a compliment (if only for oneself).

  • frankgturner

    @ Loqi # 20

    The irony in the sarcasm of that remark is so thick you would need a chainsaw to cut through it. Albeit, on a sad note many Xtians are taught a warped version of history that tries to convey things that way.

  • marcus

    Kermit Sansoo @ 20 Good point.

  • sugarfrosted

    @18, You didn’t comment on my counterexample. Should we not use the word ‘bad’ based on it’s etymology? Should we use the word “niggardly” because it’s etymology isn’t the word n*gger?

    If some point in the future “c*nt” had lost all it’s misogynistic meaning, then yes, using would be fine, but. it has not, so your comparison is erroneous.

  • dingojack

    Another interesting antipodean example is trannie, in some places in the world considered offensive, here it’s more affectionate than offensive. It’s commonly used by trannies themselves (an example of ‘re-claiming’?)

    Context, in some cases, over-rides etymology.

    Dingo

    ———

    Is there a word for an unintended threadjack? If so, this was that word.

  • yaque

    However, it was not that long ago. less than a hundred years, that women were diagnosed with “hysteria” due either to emotional stress, post-partum depression or general unhappiness with their lot in life and drugged to alleviate those “symptoms”.

    They did worse, hysterectomies ( 19th century hysterectomies!)

    Check out the movie “Hysteria”

  • yaque

    (Assuming the movie was historically accurate)

  • anubisprime

    Meanwhile back at the non-hysterical thread…

    i wonder if the wackjobs…(can I use that word?…no unintended wackies were hurt in the making etc etc…?) anyhooo…it seems that Hambone’ was pontificating on exactly the same vein in response to the latest Pew report

    Almost as if a hive mind going down here…except for the mind bit of course…that would be hysterical… (Used in the context to denote very funny)