Saturday, November 20, 2010

#99: Vox Day (and his dad)

A.k.a. Theodore Beale (real name)


Computer game designer, published SF writer, arrogant conservative pundit, WorldNetDaily columnist and anti-evolutionist whose main argument against evolution appears to be “I am a member of the SFWA, Mensa and IGDA, and I don’t believe in evolution”. If his credentials are correct, it is good evidence for the claim that critical thinking skills need to be learned; they don’t just come automatically with a high IQ (actually, he applies a genuine ad hominem as well, but I don’t think that helps his case). Day likes to go on long rants without even the slightest hint of an argument. For his other endeavors, look here. We’ll restrict ourselves to documenting his lunacy.

He is, for instance, an anti-vaccinationist loon (parroting the anti-vaccinationist lunacy, again concerning a field he does not know anything about, just like biology). Also, he has actually argued that women shouldn’t be allowed to vote since they are fascists at heart,and that they should be kept out of science because they are a threat to it (this coming from an anti-evolutionist anti-vaccinationist). Atheism is hence a threat to science as well mainly because it apparently leads to introducing equal treatment.

Vox Day’s most famous loony claim, however, might just be his suggestion that we look to Hitler to solve the illegal immigrant problem in the US.

He also rejects AGW, and he seems to do so primarily because science and scientists support it. Vox Day is no fan of science, really, even though he himself thinks he is. In fact, he thinks that materialist science is refuted.

Claims to be a Christian libertarian, but is more or less as libertarian as Chuck Baldwin.

Diagnosis: Exasperatingly ignorant bigot and anti-science loon and lover of middle school level fallacies. In fact, he is the very epitome of a crank. He does in fact have a fair amount of readers, however, and must be considered dangerous.

His daddy, Robert Beale, is actually even more unhinged. He is one of those I-refuse-to-pay-taxes-and-don’t-recognize-the-authority-of-the-courts type. Instead he and his organization seeks to establish "a superior court for the People, original jurisdiction under Almighty Yahweh exclusive jurisdiction in and for confederation-government United States of America."

10 comments:

  1. Here's some more commentary on Vox:

    http://www.antievolution.org/cgi-bin/ikonboard/ikonboard.cgi?s=4ce8a14af6c03a33;act=ST;f=14;t=5752;st=0

    http://antivox.wordpress.com/

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  2. Wow...I just found this from Ed Brayton's place and it's becoming almost as addictive as TV Tropes! The commentary here is dead on.

    Also I have to recommend including Bill Gothard, Gary Ezzo, and Jack van Impe when their places in the alphabet come up. They're American, loony, and have enough of a following that an encyclopedia of American loons wouldn't be complete without them.

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  3. Here's Vox Day on America as a Christian nation.

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  4. And here's Vox Day weighing in on the Aurora shootings. With predictably idiotic results.

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  5. Since the last update it seems that Vox Day has gotten significantly crazier, as the quotes published at Fundies Say The Darnedest Things reveal. He's no longer making any attempt to hide his blatant misogyny and homophobia.

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  6. Here he defends the Taliban on educating women!

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  7. Vox Day was actually nominated for a Hugo award (!) this year. He came in sixth out of five nominees, behind "No Award".

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