Saturday, February 2, 2013

#404: Ellis Washington

Ellis Washington is another writer for WorldnetDaily and probably one of the most ignorant, reason-inhibited, stupid wingnuts you can find – yes, this is Ray Comfort-land and Victoria Jackson on speed.

Washington is a staunch fighter against communism, including all obviously communist claptrap such as Medicare, Federal Reserve, regulations on dumping toxic waste in rivers, religious freedom, unionism, pension plans, evolution (“Darwin and his zealous legions of followers had not one shred of verifiable evidence for their theory”), though Washington doesn’t further specify why all the actual evidence for evolution doesn’t count), global warming (“In America we have record-shattering snowstorms and cold fronts from Florida to Alaska […] Ordinary citizens can just look out their windows and see that the premise behind anthropogenic (man-caused) global warming is a complete deception that the United Nations has wasted untold hundreds of billions of dollars funding”), and sanity – promoting any of these things is, in the mind of Ellis Washington, not only communist, but treason, since the Founding Fathers were took such an active and explicit stance against marxism. More here.

Well, he has in fact said more about evolution as well. Washington did claimed that “[o]ne man, Charles Darwin, 150 years ago through his diabolical theory of evolution has done what the Goths, the Visigoths, the Saxons, the Vandals and Attila the Hun could not do – destroy Western civilization by marginalizing objective truth. Before Darwin, Western civilization was based on logic, symmetry and the Judeo-Christian traditions of intellectual thought,” an observation that should revolutionize the discipline of history. When called to spell out his argument, Washington pointed out that “[y]our issues about where humanity came from is not so much a problem of your head (brain) but your heart (soul). Until repent and ask Jesus to come into your heart you will always be confused and wrong in your worldview which will disallow you, I and your fellow bloggers the ability to have a rational discussion based on the syllogism that was the foundation of Western civilization: If A = B, then A + B = C”. Hence, apparently, evolution is wrong. Based on reason and veritas. Furthermore, accepting evolution makes you go to hell, and the Big Bang theory is obviously false since Washington “learned in science that explosions destroy things not create things.”

On the topic of foreign politics, Washington suggests that “America must use its military to go to every Muslim nation in the world and convert them to Christianity.” You see, “[a] conversion policy will obviate the need for perpetual nation building,” and hence be a much more effective strategy in the War on Terror. And in the very same rant, he points out that “[w]hat makes America exceptional is our intense love of liberty and freedom including the freedom to worship God according to the dictates of one's own conscience [though you may have to be forcibly converted]. History has shown that when given a real choice, most people choose Christianity.” Yep, to implement religious freedom more effectively, one should forcibly convert the world’s Muslims to Christianity. And Washington is blissfully unable to notice that it is hard to tie together the several parts of his argument. I guess the idea is connected to that foundation of Western Civilization that “If A = B, then A + B = C.” It may also be connected to his claim that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was unnecessary because our rights come from God, not the government: “it is with sadness and bitter irony that I must expose that iconic scene of LBJ and MLK signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act, constitutionally speaking, as colossal and enduring sham liberal Democrats have perpetrated against MLK, the civil-rights movement and black America. Why? Because every black American already had these unalienable natural rights that were secured not by LBJ, MLK or the Constitution, but by God under natural law for eternity the moment they drew their first breath from their mother's womb!” Uh …

Washington has also argued that not having the government force school children to participate in obligatory school prayers is fascist, though there is admittedly little evidence that Washington has any clue what “fascism” or “dictatorship” means, or for that matter how government works. Or anything else. He has, however, contributed several observations on the links between fascism and other ideas, supported mainly by his lack of understanding of fascism and those other ideas. For instance, you can see him assert (literally) that since Hitler was a vegetarian, and vegetarians are liberals, all liberals are Nazis.

Washington’s main claim to fame, however, is probably the fact that he is perhaps the most shameless quote-miner in the US today, arguably beating even David Barton. Just check out how Washington proves that Obama is a racist. He is not above attributing fake quotes to people either, and justifies it by asserting that the attributed quote contains stuff the person in question could have said – according to Washington, who clearly has a solid grasp of how other people think. Or he just makes it up.

In the competition for being the densest population of fallacies in a single paragraph of text, this one is a serious contender. In this one he compares Reagan to Jesus.

Diagnosis: Washington sets new standards for insane delusionality, and is a hyperventilating engine of pure incoherence, ignorance and godbotting. Possibly the most numbskulled of WND’s regular writers, which is quite an achievement.


  1. “Crazy” and “stupid” isn’t enough. Here he is actually arguing that trying to prevent limitations of freedom of speech is part of a “Darwinian, atheistic, progressive, anti-constitutional agenda.” I am not sure he realizes that this is his conclusion (but then Washington doesn’t realize much), but it is, in fact, the argument he is making.

  2. Washington has been stupid again, and it is hard to sum up the level of moronicity in words. This one is rather ... uninspiring as well.