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They Don’t Want to Know a Goddamned Thing

November 22, 2019

Listen up, British readers of the Heresy (all two of you): The Kindle edition of The Four Horsemen is on sale for mere £0.99 until November 29. This is just for Amazon UK, but we’ll take what we can get. So, go get.

Kevin D. Williamson at National Review goes to a flat-Earther convention in Dallas, and, ugh, good lord:

That’s one of the funny things about these flat-Earth guys: They not only don’t know a goddamned thing, they don’t claim to know or want to know a goddamned thing beyond the one thing that brings them together, i.e. the thing about the Earth’s being shaped like a ball, a claim they sneer at as an obvious fraud and superstition and hoax put forward by “globalists” to snooker vulnerable believers on behalf of Satan, who has a thing for balls, apparently.

And there is no evading Satan’s great swinging balls here. The flatness of the Earth is the big topic on the main stage, but the hot topic on the sidelines is Satanic ritual abuse, the fixation du jour of the Q-Anon conspiracy nuts who believe that Donald Trump is just right on the verge of leading a massive national purge of Satanic pedophiles, who, as everybody knows, secretly run the world. (Also: Jews! Jews! Jews!) As flat-Earth writer Noel Hadley tells me, “Satan runs everything: music, Hollywood, media, Republicans, Democrats, Washington, Israel, Zionism…” They know Satan when they see him. But they don’t know what the Earth looks like — only that it is not round. And that if people only understood that, then they would . . . change their diets, and vaccine companies would go out of business, as one speaker insisted.

Read this piece to the end. The last sentence payoff is worth it.

Eric Rasmusen is a tenured economics professor at Indiana University who, among other things, believes women are ruining academia, that gay men are similarly problematic for being “promiscuous and unable to avoid abusing students,” and that black students are, as the Post reports, “unqualified for attendance at elite institutions and are academically inferior to their white counterparts.” But the university can’t fire him! So here’s what they did. The provost posted a public statement:

Professor Eric Rasmusen has, for many years, used his private social media accounts to disseminate his racist, sexist, and homophobic views. When I label his views in this way, let me note that the labels are not a close call, nor do his posts require careful parsing to reach these conclusions. …

… the Kelley School is taking a number of steps to ensure that students not add the baggage of bigotry to their learning experience:

– No student will be forced to take a class from Professor Rasmusen. The Kelley School will provide alternatives to Professor Rasmusen’s classes;

– Professor Rasmusen will use double-blind grading on assignments; if there are components of grading that cannot be subject to a double-blind procedure, the Kelley School will have another faculty member ensure that the grades are not subject to Professor Rasmusen’s prejudices.

If other steps are needed to protect our students or colleagues from bigoted actions, Indiana University will take them.

Clarence Mason Weaver, a member of Trump’s black outreach advisory board, could find a lot of common cause with Rasmusen…except for the fact that he’s black, of course. Weaver says women should be “handmaidens” and “be submissive,” and that men “don’t want to be around [women] in a business.” He also says “homosexuality is an abomination. Not just a sin. It’s an abomination.”

A septuagenarian nun in France was told by a retirement home that she could only live there if she agreed not to wear her religious clothing. Then the scrambling began. The Times reports:

Officials now say that the retirement home wrongly applied France’s secularism laws, and Alain Chrétien, the mayor of Vesoul, apologized in a statement on Tuesday.

“This error of judgment is very regrettable,” Mr. Chrétien said, adding that he was “personally” committed to finding the nun a spot in a public retirement home if she so wished.

Apparently following the glowing example of Liberty University, Brigham Young University is quashing stories by student journalists that are critical of the school’s decision not to accept Medicaid for low-income students. RNS reports, citing a recording of a conversation with the editor:

“So I went to Brother Thompson and was like, look, what’s the deal?” the editor can be heard saying in the recording. “And basically the deal is … There are people that would be very happy to cut Scroll funding in the Kimball (administration) building. So we keep getting told to not poke the bear.”

Jonathan Thompson at National Geographic reports on the rise of “UFO tourism,” which, alas, is not about traveling by UFO. He speaks to Area 51 tour guide Nate Arizona (and yes, that is the same name as the guy with all the babies in Raising Arizona), and it’s not encouraging:

“I think paranormal tourism is growing for one simple reason — more people are believing in it,” he adds. “Improvements in technology, particularly mobile phones, means there’s far more evidence of the paranormal being collected. There’s so much documentation out there now that you have to really step back and re-evaluate things, and tours like this are great for that kind of perspective.”

Yes, you really do have to step back. And then a few more steps back. And then run.

Don’t look back.

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