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Oct 24 2010

Christine O’Donnell: “that’s in the first amendment!?”

Pro tip: if you’re campaigning for public office, you should know the foundational documents of your country backward and forward. I don’t know the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as I should (I’m, after all, a lousy Canuck), but I know enough of them to be ashamed that the very first few lines reference the “supremacy of God”, but heartened that they also expressly warrant that all religious views fall under free thought, which is a fundamental freedom of the country.

Don’t sound so damned astonished when your views come into fundamental opposition with the very same first amendment that guarantees you freedom of speech. The audience was laughing at you, not with you.

And don’t even get me started on making what to teach in school, a matter of local policy. This universe, in the state it’s in presently, came into being and has changed since then, in exactly one way. Science strives to understand that way by looking at the evidence. The only reason to ignore huge swathes of evidence proving evolution to have happened, is because it gets in the way of your very small and limited belief of the universe’s true nature, as granted to you by some very science-incapable shepherds two millenia ago, in an era with as many messiahs as flies around camels.

Those of you that are disheartened by the lack of progress Obama’s made in your particular pet issue. If you are discouraged from voting, the really enthusiastic anti-reality religious wackaloons will win by default. This is your opponent. If you must hold your nose and vote for the “lesser of two evils”, you have no idea what kind of regression you’re barely avoiding by voting for the milquetoast over the pure unmitigated clawback of your rights and freedoms that you’d get from the other guys.

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    Mike Hanson-Haubrich

    The people on the right who are energized are people like by roommate’s brother who was “astonished” that I believe in this global warming and evolution bullshit and that chaplains should have their “free exercise curtailed.”

    I am a commie, but I will vote Democratic anyway.

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    Dan J

    Only one Socialist runs in local elections here. He always gets my vote. No way I could vote for a GOP member.

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    sinned34

    First rule of debate: know what you’re talking about when you’re in a room full of people who are going to university to learn how to debate for a living. When you say something stupid, they will laugh at you.
    Rule #2 of debate: learn to differentiate when people are laughing with you or at you.

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    krissthesexyatheist

    I feel very scared here in Nor-Cal. We have Whitman and Fiornia and what I fear is that all the progress (small progress) that have been made, will go bye bye. Canada is looking good my friend.

    Kriss

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