This has to be the lead story for new year. It popped up at the flamingly far-right website, RenewAmerica: No evolutionist can be trusted with political power, by Bryan Fischer.
We’ve written about Fischer before. If you’re not familiar with him or his organization — the American Family Association — you may want to read our earlier post: Meet the American Family Association. Any outfit with the word “Family” in its title, but not “Planning,” is either creationist or it’s connected with Charles Manson. We also wrote about him here: Bryan Fischer: Flaming Creationist Theocrat, and our title today was inspired by this one: Vomit Opportunity: Bryan Fischer & Georgia Purdom.
Fischer’s article today is beyond wrong — it’s insane, from the first word to the last. Normal people should keep a copy as a warning. Creationists undoubtedly will keep a copy as an inspiration. Here are some of the crazier parts, with bold font added by us:
Pew Research recently conducted a poll, examining the mindset of the American people with regard to the evolution/creation issue. One finding in particular stands out: despite 100 years of relentless brainwashing and indoctrination, just 32% of the American people believe that man evolved through entirely natural processes, with no direction or assistance from God.
We know about the poll. We wrote about it here: Pew Research Poll on Evolution. We didn’t know about the “100 years of relentless brainwashing and indoctrination.” But that’s why we’re reading Fischer — because he’s an excellent source of things like that. Stay with us, there’s more to come:
The United States was founded on a profoundly religious concept, that there is a Creator – with a capital “C” – who is the source of every one of our “unalienable rights.” An “unalienable” right is one from which we cannot be alienated by any human authority, because it is a gift to us from God.
Balderdash! First, the Declaration isn’t the law of the United States –it’s a political declaration. Second, Jefferson was no fundie theocrat, and his reference to the Creator was defined in the sentence that immediately preceded its use: ” … the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them … .” Third, we’ve discussed all of this before — see Is America a “Christian Nation”?
Wow — we’re all worked up and this thing is just getting started. Let’s read on:
According to the Founders, man is not an evolved being, he is a “created” being, and as such the recipient of certain fundamental, unalterable, unchangeable human and civil rights.
We can’t decide whether to laugh at the insanity or to scream at the cosmos for tolerating the existence of idiocy like this. We’ll do both: Aaaargh! BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Ah, that’s better. Okay, we continue:
The Founders made it clear that the purpose of government is to “secure” these fundamental rights, not to grant them. It’s [sic] role is not to bestow rights but to guarantee them.
We’re shocked — shocked! Fischer said something that makes sense. But then he uses that as the foundation for further madness:
Now whether a candidate for public office believes in naturalistic evolution or in creation is of enormous importance in regard to his fitness to wield political power. This is simply because if a man does not believe our rights come to us from a creator God, the only other place they can come from is government.
False dichotomy alert!! God and government aren’t the only possibilities. Jefferson — whom Fischer quote-mined — said that our rights come from our nature. Anyway, brace yourself for a wildly illogical conclusion:
I would submit that no man who is an evolutionist is fit to hold public office in the United States. This is for the simple and straightforward reason that he does not believe in the most basic and fundamental American political principle, that rights come from God. A man who does not understand that and does not believe that as a matter of conviction cannot be trusted with political power.
After briefly invoking the usual Hitler-Stalin-Mao stuff, and claiming that such horrors are the consequence of governments that don’t think as he does, Fischer finishes with this:
Am I suggesting a law prohibiting evolutionists from running for office? Of course not. Am I urging the American people never to put political power in the hands of someone who thinks we are the descendants of apes and baboons? Absolutely.
So there you are, dear reader. Does creationism ever get any crazier than that? Yes, definitely — but first the theocrats need to achieve political power.
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