I passed on listening to the Democratic debates, so you can sure as heck bet I skipped the recent Republican debate. Just as well, too; the candidates got pressed on that evolution question again, and wouldn’t you know it, it simply triggered an avalanche of idiocy, with Mike Huckabee leading the way. Just look at these quotes.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth,” said Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister. “A person either believes that God created the process or believes that it was an accident and that it just happened all on its own.”
An accident? That’s the only alternative? The whole point of evolution is that there are natural mechanisms that drive organic change. These mechanisms are not entirely accidents (although accidents play a major role in evolution!), but one thing we don’t see is any magical interventions from a deity.
But OK, let’s go along and pretend it is a binary choice. I’d rather go with the accident explanation, which is far more reasonable than inventing a cosmic sky-daddy.
Huckabee also said that if Americans “want a president who doesn’t believe in God, there’s probably plenty of choices. But if I’m selected as president of this country, they’ll have one who believes in those words that God did create.”
Grrr. Moron. No, there are not plenty of choices. There are no candidates who are willing to get up there and say there are no gods. Can he name a single one? I have to stomach the electoral reality that the Christian bigots will not even consider voting for an atheist, but I don’t have to silence myself when a presidential candidate stands up there and lies.
“Whether God did it in six days or whether he did it in six days that represented periods of time, he did it. And that’s what’s important.”
No, there is no evidence that a “he” did it. What’s important is that the evidence absolutely and conclusively excludes a literal six-day creation; the choices he gave are between ignorant lunacy and a vague rationalization that tries to accommodate religion to the evidence, and this clown can’t even exclude the nutjob explanation.
John McCain, who never saw a gaping rectum he didn’t want to curl up in, then crawled right up Huckabee’s butt and started ordering tasteful accessories from Ikea.
“I admire [Huckabee’s] description, because I hold that view,” said McCain, an Episcopalian. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the hand of God was in what we are today. And I do believe that we are unique, and [I] believe that God loves us.”
I have sad news for you, John. God doesn’t love you at all. You’re going to die and be eaten by the great void that awaits us all, and all that will be left of you are eye-rolling recollections of your inconsistency, hypocrisy, and intellectual inanity. Sorry. What you believe doesn’t count.
Oh, no, not Brownback—didn’t we already get enough of him?
“I believe we are created in the image of God for a particular purpose, and I believe that with all my heart,” said Brownback, a Roman Catholic. “I am fully convinced there’s a God of the universe that loves us very much and was involved in the process. How he did it, I don’t know.”
What Brownback believes doesn’t count, either.
These two guys are so convinced that there’s a god that loves them and everyone on the planet, that you’d think they’d be a little more anxious to quit causing him pain by blowing up and shooting and running over and neglecting his beloved Iraqis and cherished GIs and treasured Afghans and esteemed Palestinians and highly regarded Jews and admired Sudanese and all those other loved peoples of the planet. This “belief” of theirs would be a little more plausible if they lived like peace meant something.
So it’s a good thing I didn’t bother listening. I can only take so many empty platitudes and lies.