The Minnesota Family Council is a spawn of Dobson (it’s got “family” in the title, so you know it’s got to be evil), and it’s usually one of those organizations that lobbies to get legislative support for their hatred of women and gays. They are not nice people. If you’re ever in this state and want to see some splendid examples of calcified brains, this is the group you want to track down.
Anyway, they’re starting a new training program: the Minnesota Worldview Leadership Project. It’s the weirdest thing. Apparently, it’s a seminar and discussion series that is supposed to turn you into an even more fervent theocrat, ready to shape the United States into a more Christian nation. And, as you might guess, they don’t like evolution. They’re reading Nancy Pearcey, and John West is flying in to give a seminar…wait a minute, I thought Intelligent Design was a secular theory? Nah, never mind.
The series is rather thoroughly incoherent. In December, they’re discussing naturalism — and not in a good way, I’m sure — with a reading from C.S. Lewis and a showing of the Jack Nicholson movie, “About Schmidt”. Don’t ask me why. I’m sure it will be like the contortionist exhibit at the freak show.
So, can I go? I looked at the long list of requirements that must be fulfilled before they will let you be a Minnesota Worldview Leader. I met one.
- Life-long pursuit of learning and truth
Nice. I think, though, that if that requirement were honestly applied, attendance would hit zero. That’s because the rest of the requirements are in contradiction to that one.
I don’t meet these, darn it.
- A vital faith in Jesus Christ
- A forward-looking life-long commitment to promote and teach biblical
worldview to others
- A passion to shape a truth-based culture that increasingly embodies biblical principles
- Commitment to ten month formal learning from September 2007 to June 2007. Training will include three mini-weekend conferences in Twin Cities (dates to be determined), monthly small group meetings, special activities during the year, regular study materials and 500 word summaries of material read each month.
- Must be an active member in good standing of a church
- Completion of application, including acceptance and signing of Statement of Faith.
What’s with these far right religious nuts and their Statements of Faith, anyway? It’s like you’ve got to swear an oath that you are a True Christian™ before they’ll let you watch “About Schmidt” and get told that evolution sucks.
Oh, well. Anyone else want to learn the wacky ways of the wingnut Minnesotan? Lie and swear to the above requirements, fork over $500, and you too can become an expert theocrat.