16.2.07

Too stupid to breathe

This is my first post here; please be gentle.

First-- I'd like to thank Cav for the opportunity. Second-- Cav, What the Hell were you thinking?! OK, then...

Background-- IRL I'm a scientist by training (Piled higher and deeper in chemistry). I also have a keen interest in science education having taught at both the high school and college level. Of particular interest are those tales of creationists who deny the fact (yes, fact) of evolution. Yes, there are folks who are so unscientific, whose faith is so weak, that they choose to deny the evidence in front of them rather than accept that the Bible is not a science textbook.

Today is a red letter day.

I've gotten used to dealing with garden-variety young-Earth creationists who argue (with a straight face) that the Earth is approximately 10,000 years old. (They're close-- only off by 4,499,990,000 years.) But I haven't run across too many flat Earthers. Josh Marshall at TPM found one who happens to be in the Georgia state legislature.

“Indisputable evidence — long hidden but now available to everyone — demonstrates conclusively that so-called ‘secular evolution science’ is the Big-Bang 15-billion-year alternate ‘creation scenario’ of the Pharisee Religion,” reads the letter that went out under Bridges' name. “This scenario is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings in the mystic ‘holy book’ Kabbala dating back at least two millennia.”

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[Rep. Bridges'] memo pointed fellow state legislators to the information at fixedearth.com which rails against the “a mystic, anti-Christ ‘holy book’ of the Pharisee Sect of Judaism” and claims that “the earth is not rotating … nor is it going around the sun.” They've even caught on to the "centuries-old conspiracy" on the part of Jewish physicists to destroy Christianity.

This idiot chairs a committee in the state House, so he's probably been around a while. So the big question-- who's the bigger idiot? Bridges or the people who keep re-electing him?

3 Comments:

Blogger Drnjbmd said...

Hey Daryl,

Be gentle with them "for they know not what they do". Biochemist turned vascular surgeon here so Cavelor has a couple of us "scientific" types hanging about.

It does indeed, seem that there has been a general lack of ability to think among the politico types today. It seems that folks believe that if they have enough "faith" anything becomes the truth whether there is evidence or not.

Glad to read your commentary!

The Doc (Drnjbmd)

February 16, 2007 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger DCup said...

Daryl: Welcome from one of your fellow Digital Press Clubbers. I feel honored with my humble background to be running with the likes of you, The Doc, Media Lizzie, Prometheus, Katie, Cav and whomever I'm forgetting, but don't mean to slight.

I can't answer your question, because I'm pretty sure it's a toss up. Who's the bigger idiot?

As a resident of Georgia, I can tell you, we're awash in Bible pounding mouth breathers.

But I can also tell you that I have a healthy dose of cynicsm about anyone who uses religion in politics. I can never quite discern if they believe what they say or if they're pandering to the true believers.

But the fact that Rep. Bridges was willing to put his name on the memo may resolve the question.

Yep. He's the bigger idiot. The other idiots are sitting home hating the Dixie chicks and switching between American Idol and Blue Collar TV (which I admit to finding even funnier now that I live in rural Georgia.

Yeeee Haaaw!

February 17, 2007 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Cavalor Epthith said...

Ser Daryl welcome and I hope this is the first of many foundations for raucous digital debate!

C.E.

February 22, 2007 at 10:56 AM  

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