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Sunday, January 28, 2007 

Right Wing Thinking - Belief Trumps Knowledge


Michael Coren is the Toronto Sun columnist whose writings I love to hate. He’s the devout christian guy who wants to drop nuclear bombs on Iran. Remember?

In his latest column he states, “I believe that homosexuality is not normal and not natural.”

Okay stop right there. From Coren’s statement, you can determine exactly what is wrong with the ideology of the Christian Right. They have confused ‘belief’ in something with having ‘knowledge’ of something.

Believe: to suppose or assume; to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so:

Knowledge: acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition: the body of truths or facts accumulated in the course of time.

Michael Coren believes that homosexuality is not normal and not natural and he has no concern for any facts, medical research or data that might challenge his fundamentalist premise.

Right wingers so often operate on beliefs over knowledge. The entire mess in Iraq happened because Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld operated on their beliefs rather then on any verification of fact.

You see the same blind faith when you see Christian fundamentalists completely ignoring the vast pool of scientific knowledge concerning evolution and embrace Creationism based on ‘belief.’

Ignorance is bliss, I guess. That being the case, Michael Coren must be completely blissed right out of it!!

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I'm starting to think that Coren's one of those guys who figures that every queer he passes on the street is looking for an opportunity to jump him.

As one gay friend said to me after meeting someone like that: "don't flatter yourself, pal".

Great post. Once again, you've peered into the dark soul of the Socon and exposed the folly of the religious right.

Kudos!

Thanks Dylan

I beleive Coren is an idiot.

Does that make me right? :)

It isn't normal, if your straight. But I imagine that for gay people, it's completely normal. The rabid religious right does not get to define right and wrong for other people. I can't speak about Canada, but the US Constitution forbids the establishment of religion. But that doesn't stop the RR from trying to establish their dogma as law.

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