December 05, 2010

Conservatives giggle at Maya goddess

Media conservatives point and giggle at "Mayan Moon Goddess"

By Jeremy HoldenRight-wing media figures are flipping out that a U.N. official cited the Mayan goddess of reason while addressing delegates to a climate conference in Cancun, just down the road from Chichen Itza.

No. Really.

Monday, The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin reported:

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, invoked the ancient jaguar goddess Ixchel in her opening statement to delegates gathered in Cancun, Mexico, noting that Ixchel was not only goddess of the moon, but also "the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving. May she inspire you--because today, you are gathered in Cancun to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change, using both reason and creativity as your tools."

That's it. That's what happened. The ancient Mayan goddess of reason was invoked to encourage negotiators to tap both "reason and creativity" in developing a response to global warming.

And cue the right-wing giggle fest.

Headlining his ever-classy blog post "UN Delegates Start Off Junk Science Meeting With Prayer to Mayan Goddess," Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft asked, "Didn't global warming wipe out the Mayans the first time? So how exactly is Ixchel supposed to help out now?"

Michelle Malkin blogger Doug Powers mocked the "moonbat congregation" for "directing their prayers" to Ixchel, opining that a Wikipedia image of Ixchel resembled a "love child" between Helen Thomas and Code Pink.

Fox Nation dutifully linked to Powers' post, adding a charming editorial note that in addition to "reason and creativity," "somebody elses [sic] money" would used to combat climate change.
Some commenters posted clever rejoinders:Reflexive stupidity, it's their product.

That, and Al Gore is FAT, so global warming must be a hoax.

Then some idiot came on and made a prayer to the Semitic desert God Yahweh, asking that He give the participants guidance, and actually invoked "angels." How idiotic is that? Angels...what's next? A rain dance? Next thing you know, they'll be asking for the "blessings of Jesus," or somesuch nonsense.

[To conservatives] Fear, hate, fear, hate, fear, hate, fear, hate. That's your entire strategy, your ONLY strategy, because your worldview is so warped as to be unwinnable.
Comment: Yep, that's conservatism in a nutshell. Attack anything that's different, especially if it comes from another culture. Support the white male Christian power structure as you've always done. To summarize, white (god) good, brown (goddess) bad.

One or two conservatives pointed out that the Maya practiced human sacrifice a thousand years ago. Yes, but what does that have to do with the millions of Maya who don't sacrifice people but still worship Ixchel today? You mean some Indians aren't bloodthirsty killers? And some Indians are still alive? Shocking. Who knew that the scalpers, murderers, and cannibals weren't all dead and gone?

Add this to my long list of examples proving that conservatives are basically racists.

Needless to say, if liberals had mocked someone for invoking Jesus at a conference, conservatives would be screaming with rage. They'd be demanding investigations, arrests, or expulsions. They'd be acting as they've done in the Wikileaks case, in which a foreigner supposedly thumbed his nose at America.

This is reminiscent of other recent controversies fabricated by conservatives: Rush Limbaugh's Thanksgiving tirade and Sitting Bull in Obama's Of Thee I Sing. These teabagger types literally will insult and attack anything to score points.

It amazes me that they don't understand their own stupid hypocrisy. Actually, they undoubtedly do understand it, but don't care. To them, demonizing the opposition is more important than intelligence or integrity.

For more examples of conservative racism, see Only Property Owners Should Vote?, Stereotypes Drive Racism in South Dakota, and Obama Smeared as Luo Tribesman.


K. said...

This from a motley crew of anti-intellectuals that promotes creationism and intelligent design and that claims that climate change is a hoax. And just who is building the Noah's Ark theme park in Kentucky?

As for the human sacrifices, it's not like Christianity doesn't have any skeletons in its closet. Feh.

Burt said...

It has always been a contradiction that the major religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam all remain devout and overzealous when it comes to Moses talking to a burning bush or a spirit appearing to Muhhamed, but Asians and indigenous cultures, whom have them beat by thousands of years are somehow concluded as fantasies or ridiculous.

If one deity is nonsense and manmade, how can any religion or god be legitimate, by material, military or monopoly might? I think not!