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Fischer: Those Who Accept Evolution Unfit for Office

Bryan Fischer seems to be intent on one-upping his own world record for staggering stupidity, declaring on his Thursday show that “if somebody wants to exercise political power and he is an evolutionist, he is disqualified from holding political office in the United States of America.” Sadly, this is pretty much the only civilized nation where someone could say something that egregiously idiotic without being laughed off the public stage.

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  1. dmcclean says

    I guess Article VI doesn’t exist in the copy of the constitution that Fischer has been jacking off to.

  2. matty1 says

    I see a new conspiracy theory forming – a merger of creationism and birtherism. Obama is not qualified to hold public office because he accepts evolution.

  3. barry21 says

    I once saw a farmer fertilizing his field with a gun that I later learned is capable of shooting a long arc of hundreds or thousands of gallons of manure per minute.

    He really should have just had Bryan Fischer speak to his soil.

  4. says

    dmcclean “I guess Article VI doesn’t exist in the copy of the constitution that Fischer has been jacking off to.”
    This isn’t a religious test. You can be an Athiest and still be a Creationist. Granted, then you shouldn’t be in office for your Athiesm. That is a religious test. And you fail.

  5. hexidecima says

    ah, poor Brian. He of course means “no one who disagrees with me in anyway should be able to have public office”. Same TrueChristian nonsense as usual.

  6. says

    I agree!!! People who “accept” evolution blindly, rather than understanding it and being swayed by the enormous and consistent mass of evidence that it’s the case – should not be in office. And people who don’t understand it at all; they shouldn’t be in office either – it’d be like electing a flat-earther in the 21st century.

  7. sqlrob says

    @modusoperandi, #4:

    This isn’t a religious test

    Then you can point to the secular basis of creationism?

  8. eric says

    I see a new conspiracy theory forming – a merger of creationism and birtherism. Obama is not qualified to hold public office because he accepts evolution.

    Nah, the birther/creationist combo would go something like this: Obama’s mom accepted evolution, which disqualified her from US citizenship, so Obama was not born a citizen.

  9. matty1 says

    @9 Better, lets go with that – now the important thing is how to monetize this before someone else starts selling it.

  10. says

    sqlrob “Then you can point to the secular basis of creationism?”
    That’s easy. Man-based is secular. Jesus was a man. Therefore, Jesus.

    It’s not only secular, it’s also scientifical. Seriously, Our Lord laid out the scientifical basis of Creation right there in at the start of that book that He wrote.

  11. raven says

    Tranlating from fundiespeak to English:

    No one who is not Bryan Fischer should hold office in the USA. No one who won’t do what Bryan Fischer says should even be allowed to live here.

  12. gshelley says

    I think I’m used to bigots suggesting only Christians can be trusted, but this seems to be the first time I’ve seen one go further and insist only Creationists.

  13. says

    I recall an assertion that a person who doesn’t accept evolution is unfit for office.

    The major difference between that assertion and Fischer’s is that evolution is true.

    For evolution to be false, it would require an absurd amount of dumb luck making all the tests produce evolution-consistent results. Just like gravity, the heliocentric model of the solar system, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and so on. We use all those theories for practical applications today. Beyond ecology, evolution is a useful model for finding novel solutions via genetic algorithms. They often produce effective solutions a human designer wouldn’t typically imagine, much less test.

  14. says

    Personally, I think anyone who can’t pass a high school science exam should be barred from elected office.

    dmcclean:

    I guess Article VI doesn’t exist in the copy of the constitution that Fischer has been jacking off to.

    You have to remember that Fischer has access to the fine print in the Constitution that says “Only applies to Christians.”

  15. matty1 says

    I think saying creationists are automatically unfit is a step too far,

    I wouldn’t vote for someone who made a public argument that they reject evidence as if that were a virtue but neither am I likely to investigate the private views of candidates if they have the sense to keep them private.

    That is if a candidate said on the stump “My personal views are not at issue here, government policy should be based on the best available evidence”. Then I would not discount that because I heard that those personal views amounted to last thursdayism or similar.

  16. Doug Little says

    That is if a candidate said on the stump “My personal views are not at issue here, government policy should be based on the best available evidence”. Then I would not discount that because I heard that those personal views amounted to last thursdayism or similar.

    But doesn’t that attest to them being able to evaluate the evidence at hand if they reject Evolution or have any other crackpot idea? We have fools in office at the moment who deny the evidence for global warming based on the bible and they are potentially doing real harm to the country going forward.

  17. cheesynougats says

    Fischer’s argument is even more awesome than that: his explanation why evolutionists aren’t fit for public office is because the Founding Fathers didn’t agree with evolution. Seventy years before Darwin’s work.
    Anyone think Darwin’s Time Machine would be a good name for a band?

  18. grumpyoldfart says

    Fischer said America is “The greatest nation in the history of the planet.”

    I guess some of the people on the receiving end of America’s military adventures may wish to argue that point, but Fischer probably doesn’t consider things like that — and let’s face it: all swans are white if you don’t count the black ones.

    Oh look, here’s an interesting report about the greatest nation in the history of the planet:
    http://assets.nybooks.com/media/doc/2010/04/22/icrc-report.pdf

  19. Subtract Hominem, a product of Nauseam says

    Quoth Fischer:

    if somebody wants to exercise political power and he is an evolutionist, he is disqualified from holding political office in the United States of America.

    Of course it would be he who holds office. Great family values you’ve got there, Bryan.

  20. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    @Bronze Dog:

    For evolution to be false, it would require an absurd amount of dumb luck making all the tests produce evolution-consistent results

    Or a trickster God who’s just having us on.

  21. says

    The funny thing about the trickster god argument is that using it conveniently undermines any simultaneous claim to know what the god wants. Being a capricious trickster, that god could suddenly declare ‘just kidding!’ and act contrary to the claimant’s predictions. If he can pull the wool over atheist eyes for the lulz, he could be doing it for theists, too.

  22. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    Trickster God, to Pascal: What, you thought I wanted you to believe in me? Joke’s on you. Only the nonbelievers are going to Heaven.

  23. suttkus says

    @ 20:

    Of course we’re the greatest nation on the planet! “Great” means “large”, and we have more fat people. So, we’re the greatest nation! You can’t argue with this.

  24. D. C. Sessions says

    The funny thing about the trickster god argument is that using it conveniently undermines any simultaneous claim to know what the god wants. Being a capricious trickster, that god could suddenly declare ‘just kidding!’

    Well, that’s basically standard Christian doctrine once you rinse off the cosmetics.

  25. coffeehound says

    Trickster God, to Pascal: What, you thought I wanted you to believe in me? Joke’s on you. Only the nonbelievers are going to Heaven.

    Yesss! Finally as an atheist, I get to have no cake and eat it too!

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