Friday, February 25, 2011

#158: George Grant

Keeping in line with last days’ religious kooks, George Grant is another Christian reconstructionist in the same league as deluded, fanatic, dishonest cranks like Gary DeMar, Gary North and David Barton. Grant is a result of the despicable late D. James Kennedy’s televangelism, and a blatant theocrat: “Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ -- to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness. But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice […] It is dominion we are after. World conquest” ().

Not much fluffy feel-good woo there. Grant admires the tactics of the Taliban, thinks homosexuality should be punishable by death and claims that humanism is destroying the world.

He is also a climate change denialist, but that will surprise nobody, I suppose; crank magnetism is a well-known phenomenon.

He has written a huge number of books (see here for a comprehensive list), including one coauthored with Mike Huckabee. You can see Grant respond to a question of whether society should recognize pluralism and democratic values here.

Diagnosis: The reasonable reaction would be to laugh and point at these loons. But we don’t. Rather, we give them airtime and treat them with respect. Thus they also get a degree of legitimacy. That is scary.

1 comment:

  1. You can have my country when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.