These should be great days for your Curmudgeon because there is much to blog about. Although we’re going through a lull in state legislative struggles over The Controversy between evolution and creationism, and virtually all the court cases we’ve been watching are now resolved (except David Coppedge v. JPL & Caltech ), creationism has gone from being a regional oddity to a topic of national headlines.
But as we watch developments from our luxurious underground control room in the CITADEL — the Curmudgeonly Institute for Tactics, Advocacy, and Defense of the Enlightenment Legacy — the secret global nerve center for monitoring events throughout the Creosphere which threaten the values of Western Civilization, we are growing increasingly apprehensive. And depressed.
The current occupant of the White House is arguably the worst President in US history, and defeating him in the 2012 election should be a relatively simple task. Yet we find that the Republican party is fielding one candidate after another who is demonstrably crazed. What’s a Curmudgeon to do?
We’ve already told you what we think about these things in Creationism or Socialism: Which is Dumber? That was our most contentious post ever, and there’s no need to rehash the subject. Instead, we’ll just tell you what we see going on out there. You’re all grownups, so you can make your own decisions.
The news item that triggered this post is Bachmann to keynote Florida Family Policy Council dinner this weekend, which appears in the Minnesota Independent. Yes, it looks like this could be a creationist revival meeting, with plenty of that good old fashioned, down-home, foot-stompin’, psalm-singin’, floor-rollin’, rafter-shakin’, old-time creationism. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
This weekend, the Florida Family Policy Council holds its annual policy awards dinner featuring GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. The group, which says it’ll be celebrating “pro-life victories” from the state’s legislative session, will also feature a list of “special guest participants,” including many of the Florida legislators who played a big role in curbing access to abortion in the state this past session.
Well, maybe the focus of this revival won’t be creationism. But you know what we say about outfits with the word “Family” in their names — they’re usually creationists, and this one is no exception. Here’s their website: Florida Family Policy Council. The president is John Stemberger, about whom we posted once before (see Intelligent Design and Florida’s Marriage Protection Amendment). Hard core!
Okay, that’s what we’re dealing with. Back to the news article:
According to an email from the Florida Family Policy Council, the “special guest participants” for Saturday’s event, titled “Igniting a Cultural Transformation,” include Florida Speaker of the House Dean Cannon, Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, state Rep. Dennis Baxley and state Sen. Ronda Storms (all Republicans).
Beep! All our sensors have gone off at once. You remember Florida’s creationist crusade of 2008, led by rapturous Ronda Storms. If you need a reminder of Ronda’s glory days three years ago, see Her Most Rapturous Moment. This is Ronda’s official page at the Florida Senate’s website.
We also recognize Daniel Webster. Having defeated the odious Alan Grayson, Webster now serves in the US House of Representatives. During Florida’s 2008 creationism crusade, he was majority leader in the state Senate, and supported rapturous Ronda’s creationist legislation (see Florida’s Axis of Creationism).
With Bachmann and all those Floridian creationists gathered in one place, what’s going to happen? According to the news article, the Florida Family Policy Council’s website announces:
“[Y]ou are sure to enjoy hearing from U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, our special Keynote Speaker!”
We suppose that most of the talk will be about fetuses, and that topic doesn’t much interest us, but there’s sure to be some creationist chatter. Anyway, the thought of Michele Bachmann & Ronda Storms together at the same event — well, it gives us a thrill up our leg.
Hey — we just had a horrible thought: If Bachmann gets the GOP nomination, maybe she’ll pick rapturous Ronda as her running mate. Wouldn’t that be lovely?
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