Lapin: What Pat Robertson Said

You’re probably going to find my blogging on wingnuts quite tiresome after a while: due to the lack of substance to their arguments, they tend to repeat them or copy someone else’s in the hope that repeating the same falsehood over and over again will somehow make it true. Example: Rabbi Daniel Lapin.

Wait a minute. When have we heard a wingnut coming to the false conclusion that secular humanism led to the Nazis? Why, just the other day of course, when the same basic drivel was spewing from Pat Robertson like sewage from an old pipe. And, much like the sewage, this idea is full of shit. I would be offended were I not laughing at the stupidity, claiming that my personal philosophy caused both the Nazis and the Soviet Union. The nerve!

But if  multiple people believe it, I must respect their beliefs and so offer no criticism of them whatsoever. Because, y’know, that’s restricting their religious freedom, and that’s what the Nazis did.

 

Robertson: ‘Orgy’ Of French Revolution (And Nazis) Caused By Humanism

Yesterday I talked about rape culture, and the day before I talked about Miley Cyrus. Overall, my big blog restart has been a bit…bleak. Not that I’m equating talking about Miley Cyrus with talking about rape culture or anything, but neither topic really makes your day, right? So, in an effort to bring some levity to this blog, here’s Pat Robertson being an idiot!

You know the liberals, the so called socialists, the progressives, they’ve moved away from God and when you move away from God then you say, ‘we’re humanists.’ Then as a result of humanity and rejecting God, you have the orgy of the French Revolution, you have the guillotine cutting off the heads of thousands of people, you have the same thing going on now in Europe, you had it under the Nazis. Why can’t we come back to the fact that God loves people?

Yep, in the mind of Pat Robertson and his credulous supporters the Nazis came about…as a result of a liberal, humanist attitude. Which could be true, I suppose: the growth of liberalism in Germany in the 1920s angered those on the right wing, and could be said to be a contributor to the extremism of the Nazi party as a reaction to this culture. But isn’t reacting to the growth of liberalism what Pat Robertson is doing? Ha! Irony! You get a lot of that with wingnuts; it’s almost as if they’re not very self-aware.

Oh, in case you’re wondering, this rant was a reaction to Belgium’s proposal to extend its euthanasia laws to include children and those with Alzheimer’s or other brain disorders. Personally, I do not see how this can be equated with chopping the heads off members of the aristocracy and systematically murdering millions of Jews, but what do I know, right?

Yes, Rape Culture is a Thing

When I say that I’m a feminist, I mean it in a fairly simple way: I believe that women should have the same rights as men, and should be treated as such. That’s it. And personally I don’t see how anybody can see a problem with that statement, except somehow a lot of people do. They rubbish the claims that there is a ‘rape culture’. They deny that there is a glass ceiling. In other words, these ‘men’s rights activists’ ignore reality. This makes me angry at the best of times.

The claim that there is no rape culture problem really gets me, though, because it’s so freaking obvious and so bloody dangerous to deny that I don’t understand how anyone can possibly miss it. Here is, for example, a man called Paul Elam on the topic of rape.

I have ideas about women who spend evenings in bars hustling men for drinks, playing on their sexual desires … And the women who drink and make out, doing everything short of sex with men all evening, and then go to his apartment at 2:00 a.m.. Sometimes both of these women end up being the “victims” of rape.

But are these women asking to get raped?

In the most severe and emphatic terms possible the answer is NO, THEY ARE NOT ASKING TO GET RAPED.

They are freaking begging for it.

If Paul Elam was  just some raving lunatic on the fringes then I would let it go, but he is in fact possibly the most influential member of the Men’s Rights Movement. He speaks for a surprisingly large number of people, and in my experience he is not that extreme among his peers.

But wait, as much as Paul Elam is a nutjob who blames rape victims, this doesn’t mean that we have a rape culture, right? Well, no, but there are much bigger examples. Take Tequila UK. This is an extract from an advert for it:

Presenter: “How are you going to violate a fresher tonight?”

Student: “I’ve got one here with me who’s just disappeared.. There she is.”

Presenter: “And what are you going to do to her tonight?”

Student: “Well she’s paying for the cab, she’s paying for the drinks.”

Presenter: “Strong.”

Student: “She’s going to get raped.”

As you might expect, a public outcry followed (a rape culture problem doesn’t mean that everyone just accepts this stuff), and the manager of the club hosting the effect had to respond.

Tequila UK’s club night, “Freshers Violation”, is currently held at Mezz Club, and the venue has come under extreme pressure to stop hosting the event.

The manager of Mezz club told HuffPost UK: “We do not deal with promotions. The video was made by an external promotion company.”

When asked if they would be continuing to host Tequila UK’s nights he replied: “No comment.”

This would have been a great time to condemn the advertising company, to cancel the event, to create some good publicity for your club. But no! Your external promotion company runs a series of misogynistic adverts that have made your business look incredibly bad, and all you’re going to say is that it wasn’t done by you? Great. That will make this whole thing just go away, definitely. If people don’t call out misogynists on their crap, particularly when the misogyny is blatant and is actually affecting you, then they will simply continue until they drown us in it. Even allowing this stuff to go on in the first place is a sign of rape culture problem: that promotional company would have had a sizeable number of people working on this advert, and somehow they all came to the conclusion that this was OK. No! This is not OK! And the fact that this attitude can develop in our society is not OK either!

Look, I’ve provided two examples here in thousands that in this country (and many, many others) there are many people with twisted attitudes to rape, and these people have scary amounts of influence. So don’t claim that rape culture doesn’t exist.

Because that’s just fucking stupid.