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BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Filed at 11:22 am under by dcobranchi

Here’s an interesting quote:

Some extremely conservative colleges and universities, such as Patrick Henry College in Virginia and Bob Jones University in South Carolina, approach all studies from a strict biblical perspective. While biology classes may cover neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory, creationism, often including an Earth age of less than 10,000 years, is presented as the best explanation for the development of humans and the universe.

Bob Jones University is one of the most fundamentalist, far-right schools in the country. One of the Bob Joneses (there have been multiple presidents with that name) called then First Lady Betty Ford a slut because she discussed her breast cancer in an interview [This website indicates it was because of 60 Minutes interview. I remember it differently but haven’t found a reference.]. This same school at one time requested permision from the ATF to purchase several Browning Automatic Rifles (those are machine guns, BTW), citing a need for “crowd control.” [That’s from an old newspaper clipping that I read around 1980 or so] And, of course, there was strong support for Ian Paisley during The Troubles (to the extent that they tried to bring him over to the US to give a lecture).

So, is PHC that conservative? Do they teach YEC? I guess I wouldn’t be surprised.

UPDATE: Yeah, they do.

9 Responses to “BIRDS OF A FEATHER”


Comment by
Alex Haas
December 19th, 2005
at 4:23 pm

Crowd control? You absolutely do not need to fire 450 7.62mm rounds per minute for crowd control. That’s silly.

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Comment by
Lillian Haas
December 20th, 2005
at 10:03 am

See? If you let your kid learn about anything that interests him, he apparently develops an unhealthy fascination with guns. Don’t try this at home!


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
December 20th, 2005
at 4:28 pm

Jonathan (age 6) is fascinated with guns of all types. He’s having fun with an Airsoft version of a Walther PPK. He’s already bugging me to teach him to shoot real weapons. I told him he’d have to wait until he’s 10.


Comment by
COD
December 20th, 2005
at 5:05 pm

Breck got a BB gun for his birthday last year, at age 11.


Comment by
Lillian Haas
December 20th, 2005
at 5:19 pm

Alex’s grandfather has taught him how to shoot — apparently the child is a natural — and bought him an air pistol. But New Jersey law considers an air pistol that uses CO2 cartridges and BBs to be the same as a handgun that can kill someone, and so it’s illegal for us to keep the gun here. It has to live at my father-in-law’s in Pennsylvania. I’m sure it will get a workout this weekend.

Ben, however, has to wait till he’s 12. Or 30.


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
December 20th, 2005
at 5:24 pm

All handguns are illegal in NJ?


Comment by
Alex Haas
December 20th, 2005
at 9:04 pm

All guns are, unless you have a license. Assault rifles are totally out, though. Anything with a flash suppressor counts. You could stick a flash suppressor on a pump-action shotgun, and, in the eyes of the state, it would be equal to an M16.


Comment by
Lillian Haas
December 20th, 2005
at 9:24 pm

Tim would have to get a license, since Alex is under 18, and you all know Tim well enough to know that that’s not going to happen.


Comment by
Tim Haas
December 20th, 2005
at 9:25 pm

To clarify: It’s relatively trivial to buy or own rifles in NJ if you don’t mind giving up your fingerprints — just a one-time $10 license. Handguns — and, as Lillian says, that includes BB pistols as well as “real” guns — require you to go to the cops for a $50 permit (including fingerprinting and background check) for every single one you want to buy or own. And CCW is nearly impossible to get.