Bradlee Dean = Jack Chick

Bradlee Dean = Jack Chick November 23, 2011

Bradlee Dean is now a columnist for the Worldnutdaily. And he’s already caught on to the idea of using highly contrived “articles” to sell merchandise, in this case a DVD he put out. His latest column is a perfect example. It’s all of three paragraphs, then a video from the DVD with a link to where you can buy it — with pretty much no correlation at all between the premise of the column and the content of the video. And the video is as bad as any Jack Chick tract you’ve ever seen.

In the video, he tells a wholly fictional story of a teacher trying to disprove the existence of God by teaching evolution to 6 year olds. And then he quotes Ray Comfort. Yes, it’s that moronic.

httpv://youtu.be/1EjUkzc5heU


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  • sunsangnim

    Oh. So some things exist even when they’re not directly in front of your eyes. I feel so enlightened now.

  • Aquaria

    Bradlee Dean: All the proof you need, children, not to do PCP.

  • doktorzoom

    On the other hand, the comic has the idiotic, self-satisfied smirk on the little girl drawn perfectly. Like so many of the terminally clueless, she is utterly convinced of her brilliance.

  • gshelley

    Do these people really believe that teachers are telling children there is no god? I know they often buy into the fantasy that children are not allowed to pray in schools, or read the bible, but this seems a little paranoid even for that level of ignorance.

  • That’s nothing. Although there was not a single day in my days of going to school when my science teachers tell me that we are an accident, we came from monkeys, and that we are of chance and things just happened every time we study dinosaurs, fossils and pre-history. And yet, I was bombarded with the repeated lie creationists tell on Christian children’s radio programs that falsely claims that science teachers would tell students that they are an accident, we came from monkeys, and are a product of chance and that life just happened while science teachers in reality teach no such thing.

  • John Hinkle

    @gshelley

    I would bet some wingnuts believe [Darwinist, atheist] teachers are telling their tykes there is no god. I’ve been reading some of the “Why I’m an Atheist” posts on Pharyngula, and part of some folks’ conversion was meeting atheists who are not only normal, but actually nice people as well.

  • RickR

    gshelley- of course there are people who believe exactly that. In their minds, teaching accurate science (especially evolution) is exactly the same as teaching there is no god.

  • I remember a Chick tract in which two kids have an alcoholic father and a dead mother (possibly accidentally killed by drunken dad?). The mom’s mother gives the dad money to buy food for the children. …

    So they wait for hours until the little one say’s he’s hungry and asks when dad’s returning home.

    The older, a girl says: “Daddy’s not buying food. He’s getting drunk!”

    But my favorite is the gay minister who repents of his homosinsual ways.

  • d cwilson

    @gshelley

    On Planet Wingnuttia, telling kids that every word of Genesis is not the literal truth is the same thing as telling them there is no god.

    And yet, I was bombarded with the repeated lie creationists tell on Christian children’s radio programs that falsely claims that science teachers would tell students that they are an accident, we came from monkeys, and are a product of chance and that life just happened while science teachers in reality teach no such thing.

    I had a direct experience with that years ago when my ex-brother-in-law sent my niece to a Christian private elementary school. I went to her recital one year. The lyrics of one of the songs they sang were directly on point (paraphrasing from memory): I am not descended from a monkey. I am not the product of chance.

    I had to bite my tongue in the name of familial comity.

  • Stevarious

    @fifthdentist:

    If you’ve never read ‘Dark Dungeons’, Chick’s takedown of dungeons and dragons, then you are truly missing out. It is some first class grade A delusional nutbaggery.

    http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0046/0046_01.ASP

  • RickR

    Though you must admit that ‘teaching accurate science (especially evolution)’ does lead you to the inescapable inference that there is pretty certainly no god.

  • If the current GOP field of presidential contenders is a clown car, its collection of preachers and spiritual advisers is a regular circus train.

  • uzza

    Their dishonest “nothing created everything” strawman just took another hit. Turns out “nothing” has photons in it. LOL

  • I’d argue that, at least up to the high school level, teaching evolution accurately doesn’t lead directly to atheism. It does however, directly conflict with the Biblical interventionist god who just snaps his fingers to pop things into existence.

    But evolution’s not special in that regard:

    Teaching the germ theory of disease contradicts the doctrine of disease being divine punishment and/or demon possession. Teaching the heliocentric model of the solar system directly contradicts the geocentric Bible passages. Neurology contradicts dualism. Accurate history lessons contradict the Bible quite a lot. Biblical literalism just isn’t compatible with observed reality unless you want to resort to hippie-dippie postmodernism (the idea that demonstrable truth is just another biased narrative), solipsism, or similar nonsense.

    It’s the school’s job to give accurate knowledge of the world so that kids can grow into functioning adults. If you want to believe in a god, you’ll just have to be creative and think how you’re going to fit him in with our established knowledge. The fundamentalists want to abdicate that responsibility. They don’t want their kids to start thinking about the big religious questions, and they don’t want to have to deal with talking it out with their children. They prize blind obedience over intellectual growth. They want the state to raise their children for them, according to a specific formula to produce specific beliefs. They don’t care about intellectual maturity.

    I was able to maintain a belief in god for quite a while by accepting an idea other than the ones described in the old books. Lots of people are doing that right now. Belief in god is simply more flexible than the fundamentalists want it to be. They just want to stop children from learning inconvenient truths, and evolution is just a big focus because they think it’s more vulnerable to propaganda than the other scientific and historical theories. They want their kids to believe in their specific idea of god, not one that’s been thought out.

    The argument that evolution must lead to atheism probably started as a scare tactic of a false ‘all or nothing’ dichotomy to prevent people from considering a “compromised” god. And now, generations later, we have fundamentalists who believed their ancestors’ lies simply because they were raised by blind repetition and rote memorization.

    It wasn’t evolution or any scientific theory that stopped me from believing in god. It was lack of evidence coupled with a never-ending supply of poor arguments from theists who failed to put any real thought into their position. The fact that so many deceitful fundamentalists openly discouraged their children from learning about the world and thinking about the implications on the “big questions” is probably a big contributing factor. They produced a culture that sabotaged its own ability to convince me that they might be right.

  • Chiroptera

    Does the video show some sinner being unceremoniously tossed into Hell?

    ‘Cause that was always my favorite part of any Jack T Chick tract: the scene where an angel is literally tossing a dead sinner into Hell.

  • RickR

    “RickR

    Though you must admit that ‘teaching accurate science (especially evolution)’ does lead you to the inescapable inference that there is pretty certainly no god.”

    It can, but isn’t required. I guess I should clarify- the attitude I mentioned comes from fundies. They don’t say “teaching evolution LEADS to atheism”. They say “teaching evolution is the SAME AS teaching atheism”.

    You can tell by the way they use the terms “evolution” and “atheism” synonymously.

  • WHY DO THE CHRISTIANS FEEL THE NEED TO SHOUT EVERYTHING?

    IS THEIR INNER MONOLOGUE SO LOUD THEY CANT ACTUALLY THINK STRAIGHT?

    IS THAT WHY THEY LOVE CAPS SO MUCH?

  • The words “Chick tract” reminds me of this short story by Hank Fox.

  • Woof

    I’d really like that 2:34 of my life back.

  • Every post Bradlee writes contains the link to a an irrelevant clip from his DVD series, “My War” He must have boxes and boxes of these old things cluttering up his garage gathering dust, he’s really trying hard to sell this crap. They are getting as old as his publicity photo.