As soon as I saw that Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx had issued a declaration of Thursday as a Day of Reason, I was counting the minutes until the first wingnut tried to tie him to Adolf Hitler. Penny Nance, come on down. You’re the next contestant on You’re Always Wrong.
“He comes from North Carolina, which has the 7th highest church attendance, clearly he’s not running for re-election since he’s up for transportation secretary,” she opined. “You know, G. K. Chesterton said that the Doctrine of Original Sin is the only one which we have 3,000 years of empirical evidence to back up. Clearly, we need faith as a component and it’s just silly for us to say otherwise.”
“You know, the Age of Enlightenment and Reason gave way to moral relativism. And moral relativism is what led us all the way down the dark path to the Holocaust… Dark periods of history is what we arrive at when we leave God out of the equation.”
Reason caused Hitler! Oh, of course. It couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that Germany’s most influential theologian — Martin Luther, the founder of Protestantism — was a virulent and violent anti-Semite, telling his followers that Jews were evil and ordering them to burn down their homes and synagogues. Clearly, he was just being too reasonable.