Tuesday, May 11, 2010

#10: Ted Baehr

Baehr runs Movieguide which, despite its neutral name, describes itself as a ministry "dedicated to redeeming the values of the mass media according to biblical principles, by influencing entertainment industry executives and helping families make wise media choices" (i.e. rave reviews of creationist propaganda). Baehr is also chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission and a columnist/movie reviewer for Worldview Times. He wasn’t happy with Religulous, as this review shows (and this review alone merits Baehr’s inclusion in the Encyclopedia):

Also a vigorous opponent of e.g. stem cell research (apparently he views The Family Research Council as an authoritative source here); staunch anti-elitist religious crackpot who argues that science (at least science whose results don’t support (his interpretation of) the Bible) is a liberal conspiracy, as in the article discussed here:

Diagnosis: Zealous, paranoid wingnut and pathological liar, religious fundamentalist and general loon. Angry. Influence: hard to tell; there are a lot of these guys out there, but he is relatively prolific and seems to have some readers.


  1. Great list so far. Some other suggestions to consider adding: Jenny McCarthy, Gary Null, Ray Comfort, Kent Hovind, Glenn Beck, Alex Jones.

  2. And here you can see Ted Baehr blithely assume that non-theocratic forms of government equals Marxism.

  3. Ted Baehr reviews Hunger Games and is - predictably - unable to stay coherent.

  4. This is pretty good, and concerns Baehr among many others.

  5. Baehr may at least be responsible for the craziest wingnut reaction to the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equalit yet. He is not the only one to argue that the ruling violates the First Amendment (since it is an attack on Freedom of Worship, apparently), but the *way* he does it is in a class of its own.

  6. Baehr has the solution to mass shootings. It's all about video games and Jesus (background checks for gun purchases, on the other hand, is a Nazi trick, so that cannot be implemented - ban video games and make Jesus obligatory instead like any society that values the sentiments expressed in the Constitution.)