It’s like my old boss used to say “Denial is not just a river in Egypt.” A lot of politicians seem to enjoy being dumb. People who don’t beleive in climate change or evolution are essentially backward hicks who have no place in public policy making or politics, yet they seem to infest Washington DC like a swarm of ignorant locusts.
Even if you beleive in intelligent design it’s possible to reconcile that with evolution. My father is a believer and I am not however we have common ground intellectually. According to him “Evolution is God’s intelligent design.”
Now that we have that out of the way I am going to say this as plainly as possible. The difference between a religion and a cult is it’s popularity. All religions are bat-shit crazy silly superstitious nonsense with no basis in reality. I don’t really mind if people are superstitious or not, however I find it highly disconcerting when those superstitions affect policy.
Bill Maher describes religion like this “We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think religion stops people from thinking. I think it justified crazies.”
Denying evolution is one thing, but denying climate change is just reckless. Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has said “We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit, not for the Earth’s benefit.” OK Rick that makes sense how? Seriously if you destroy the planet what kind of benefit will that be to mankind? Failing to control pollution may be good for business, however what good is money when you can’t breathe the air or drink the water?
Bill Maher and myself aren’t the only ones who think that religion gets in the way of progress. Blogger and author of the the Republican Brain Chris Mooney recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post called Why Republicans Deny Science. In the article Mooney states “Some of the conservative denial of science may well be cynical in nature. But there’s no doubt from polls that large numbers of conservatives really believe this stuff–that global warming isn’t real, nor is evolution. And indeed, the denial of reality extends well beyond science and into other fields like economics and history.”
There is supposed to be a separation of church and state. Instead we are suffering from a separation of intellect and state. I don’t know about you, but the idea of having these deniers of science in charge of anything scares the Hell out of me.