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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

More 9/11 Crackpottery

Anytime a person leaves a comment on my blog I receive an email version of the comment. So yesterday evening I checked my email and a commenter named "Stinker" had left a comment under my posts from last September 2006 when I offered my reflections upon 9-11.

Those who were around then may recall the heated comment exchange that occurred between my more rational visitors to my blog and a couple of crackpots who believed 9-11 is a massive inside job pulled off by that brilliant Carl Rove and the entire Bush regime. I had told the one key agitator at the time, an anonymous person who went by the name "Surfer Boy," about a book based upon the blog Debunking 9-11 Myths put out by Popular Mechanics magazine.

The newest commenter named "Stinker" left this note:

Be sure to check out the book “Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory” due out in March by Dr. David Ray Griffin.

This is just a theory, but I personally believe "Stinker" is really "Surfer Boy" posting under another pseudonym. "Surfer Boy" was the one tenacious commenter who stuck around for a while and clearly demonstrated that he had sadly lost his mind to paranoid delusions by exposing himself to tin-foil hat style conspiracy theories. Even more grievous is his admission to being a Bible-believing Christian who believes in tin-foil hat style conspiracies.

At any rate, that book he mentioned looks to be a withering critique of the PopMech book on 9/11 myths. I mean, it is written by a man with the letters "D" and "r" before his name, so I suppose that makes him an expert in a specialized field of study that provides him the expertise to take apart the arguments put forth by the authors of Debunking 9/11 Myths.

But what kind of "Dr." is this David Ray Griffin? Is he a doctor of mechanical engineering or structural architecture? When he sifts through the massive quantities of written material by the scores of engineers covering the collapse of the World Trade Center, does his doctorate give him the knowledge to weigh the evidence and evaluate opinion? More over, did this doctor retrace the steps of the authors he is criticizing and re-interview all the countless eye-witnesses and on-sight personnel who were on the scene almost immediately after the Pentagon was hit by the 757?

I bet this Dr. Griffin fellow is eminently qualified to address these matters and to rebut this PopMech book. Right?

Well, uh... No.

What exactly is David Ray Griffin a doctor of? Drum roll please...

Religion and Philosophy!

That's right. A religion and philosophy professor is going to publish a book allegedly challenging the research presented by the Popular Mechanics book. Amazing, isn't it? And not only that, but a retired professor of religion and philosophy.

Oh, but there is more.

What do you think David Ray Griffin's specialty is exactly?

Why none other than process theology, the crackpot, a-biblical viewpoint which is really warmed over paganism that believes the god of the world is really a big, gigantic evolving man-like being who changes according to its creation. Additionally, "Dr." Griffin is one of the leading philosophers of postmodern thought which believes absolutes are unknowable and "truth" about reality is what each individual person believes it is. Funny. Dr. Griffin says his training in logic helps him figure out the truth behind 9/11. A postmodern relativist using "logic?" Logic implies there is absolute truth.

This is the "doctor" who is going to offer his expert rebuttal to the debunkers of 9/11 conspiracy theories. A retired philosophy of religion professor from Santa Barbara. When it comes to offering "expert" opinion as to what happened during 9/11, this man is just as nutty as a tree of squirrels.

Doctor indeed.



Blogger thomas4881 said...

Is tin-foil hat theology similar to astrology? Both seem to share a common foundation of mysticism. Both are full of beliefs that are taking place, have taken place and are going to be taking place. It's almost a similar to divination. The person who believes in astrology thinks the stars govern their lives. The person who believes in conspiracy theories believe the mysterious "they" govern their lives. Both the stars and the conspiracy have mystic powers that affect all humanity, in these beliefs.

10:35 AM, January 30, 2007  
Blogger Peter D. Nelson said...

"Doctor indeed."

Gosh Fred does this mean that doctrate in theology degree I got for all those box tops I mailed to Quack U is real too?

Tongue firmly planted in cheek as always.

12:56 PM, January 30, 2007  

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