Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Town Hall's Mike Adams Upset People Don't Like Bible Verses, Displays Own Sexism And Desire To Convert "Non-Believers" To Christianity As Root Of Dissatisfaction

In an article on Townhall.com, author Mike Adams writes about a situation involving a university email system allowing users to attach a personal signature to every email and some who are upset regarding bible verses placed in the signature field. He even mentions a proposed ban on only bible verses, but compares the scripture to quotations by Confucius or Nietzsche, Egyptian proverbs, or Gay Pride Rainbow Flags, which he describes as equally offensive to some.

While I understand that the gay pride symbol is offensive to the religious right, I find it hardly the same as a bible verse. I also have never met a person offended by Confucius, Nietzsche, or Egyptian proverbs, which include some of these popular phrases (which are not literal translations):
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Like father, like son.
Don't blame someone for not being here until you hear him/her out.
Adams seems to be upset because the rule to ban the use of Bible verses is linked to that crazy movement known as "separation of church and state." Apparently, this "wall" being put in place by liberals is designed to prevent the free exercise of religion. The author states that he is offended by the gay rainbow flag, because to him, it is "an Old Testament religious symbol" showing a "solemn promise from God to His people." While claiming he would defend homosexual activists if their rainbow flag was under attack, he also claims that nobody is attacking them, but they are attacking Christians. According to Adams, finding bible verses offensive and agreeing with the ban "is a weak and indefensible position."

In an act of defiance, Adams altered his signature, adding "Jn316", and he responded to the bible ban controversy. A lower-level administrator responded adding the following to theirs: "John, Paul, George, and Ringo." Apparently, "the amount of cattiness in a given department is directly correlated with the number of feminists it employs." Adam's true colors begin to shine as a sexist religious Christian. He asserts that the female administrator is a feminist and a non-believer, and that obviously irritated her.

Adams believes his free speech is being attacked, but he also states that Jesus' death obligates one to "push people's buttons," or to willingly offend. He also writes that not banning the name would be a "better way to lead them down the road towards Damascus," which is a Biblical reference to the conversion of Saul, so Adams openly admits that the Biblical verses are intended to convert. Because he is a professor at UNC-Wilmington, a public university, he is employed by the state, and the use of the university's email system is the use of the government's email system. Adams' belief is that the mention of any Jesus related material is intended to convert, or at least lay the foundation of conversion, but by utilizing state resources to spread the word is essentially endorsement by the state of Christianity, which would be unconstitutional. If Adams really wants to keep his biblical signatures, maybe he should get a private email address, instead of complaining about the separation clause in the Constitution.

As a side note, I looked at Mike Adams other works, which include the books Ivory Tower of Babel, in 2004, and Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts "Womyn" On Campus, which was published in 2008.

Ivory Tower, according to Publishers Weekly, "takes a big swipe at the politically correct, feminists, gay activists, the diversity establishment and what he portrays as the mealy-mouthed administrators and thin-skinned colleagues and students who are quick to fire off thoughtless allegations of racism and sexism." As for Feminists Say the Darndest Things, Adams simply says the following: "I want to find out why they hate us."

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