April 21, 2004

"Christian Identity" nut Pete Peters endorses "Apollo Moon Hoax" theory

I have a theory that no nutty belief can survive in isolation. It requires a small colony of other nutty beliefs for mutual support.

Like many radical religionists, Peter J. Peters, pastor of LaPorte Church of Christ in LaPorte, Colorado, is supporting evidence for this theory. He is best known as one of the spokesgoons for the so-called "Christian Identity" movement, a virulent Christian heresy that combines the beliefs that the Anglo-Saxons are the natural descendents of Jacob and therefore the recipients of all the blessings promised to Abraham), all other races are somewhere on the level of animals, and the Jews are the physical offspring of Eve and Satan. Peters' colony of weird beliefs also includes radical politics (akin to Christian Reconstructionism), "alternative medicine," and "Planet X." Peters, in short, is a flake - but, unfortunately, a flake with a militant following, and his followers have guns and severe apathy for civil government and many people whose skin colour is darker than theirs.

Now we can add the Apollo moon hoax to the mix. On April 14 [RealAudio], the guest on his frequently-broadcast radio program on WWCR shortwave was "Scientist" Jim McCanney, explaining exactly why it is that the NASA moon missions were faked by Nasa with help from Walt Disney.

The "moon hoax" conspiracy theory is actually probably one of the easiest to debunk, given adequate knowledge of physics, engineering, and photography. The best site I have seen answering the conspirinauts is Moon Base Clavius, which addresses various aspects of the moon hoax theory piece by piece. Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy also has a very nice rebuttal to the 2001 Fox moon hoax special. And if you are looking for a few laughs, check out Apollo11.

As for McCanney himself, his aesthetically abhorrent Web page provides yet more evidence that competence in one's claimed field of expertise and tasteful Web design are directly proportional. In addition to believing NASA faked the moon landings, he thinks they are faking comet pictures too for some reason. Like Peters, he is a believer in the Planet X scenario. He is part of the Nikolai Tesla cult of personality and believes in "free energy."

Frankly, it's hard to believe there are people who take this crap seriously. It's like the plotline of a bad Japanese sci-fi movie.