The Drool-o-tron™ alerted us to this one with its all-too familiar blaring sirens and flashing lights. It’s in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. This is the headline: ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson to GOP: ‘Get Godly’, and here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Phil Robertson stood out at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. Maybe it was his thick, white beard – a trademark of the family he leads on the reality television show “Duck Dynasty.” Or maybe it was the fact he was tapped to speak at a political gathering, though he is not a political candidate or the head of a conservative coalition.
Your Curmudgeon has never seen the show, so this news story is all we have to go on. We’re told:
Regardless, Robertson’s remarks stood out on their own. He called for re-evaluating the current view of separation of church and state, said that the discovery of DNA had disproven the idea of evolution, and told the GOP to give up a debate over the Affordable Care Act – as any health care measure denies a basic truth: “Every last one of you are going 6 feet deep.”
Are we reading that right? Does the man think health care — regardless of who provides it — is all a waste of time? We’ve heard that the “Duck Dynasty” stars are a bit odd, but … well, let’s read on:
Robertson’s central rallying cry urged the GOP to more closely ally with Christian values – an idea he said was an intention of the founding fathers. Drawing on quotes from James Madison, Noah Webster, John Adams and George Washington that he said described values ascribed by the Bible as a basis for education and government measures, Robertson encouraged the GOP to announce itself as the party tied to Christianity.
We’re not sure about Noah Webster, but we’re quite confident that the others didn’t think the bible was the basis for government measures. It was Madison who pushed Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom through the state legislature. Does this Robertson guy know anything? Anything at all? We’ll find out as we continue:
“You want to turn the Republican Party around? Get Godly,” he told the audience, rousing them to huge applause. “Separation of church and state? I’m telling you right here what the founding fathers said. Does it sound to you like separating God almighty from the United States of America?”
He’s a theocratic loon — see Is America a “Christian Nation”? Here’s his full quote on Obamacare:
“Why all this debate over Obamacare?” he asked. “Here’s a newsflash: Obamacare is not going to keep you from the grave. Every last one of you are going 6 feet deep. And so am I. And Obamacare is not going to keep you out of the grave.”
At least it’s an original argument. Moving along, we get to the creationism:
In his remarks on the value of a religious education, Robertson said his belief that God created life and the universe has been proven by the discovery of DNA. “Our college professors told me we crawled out of the ocean. I’ve heard that bunk,” Robertson said. “They didn’t even know what DNA was then. You see, once they found out about DNA, though, they were like, ‘Oh, whoops.'”
Yeah, DNA is a real setback for evolution. Another excerpt:
“I don’t think Charles Darwin, if he had known about DNA, he would have ever said they would have crawled out of ocean in Australia.” Robertson said that after the discovery of DNA, “Half of our scientists right there jumped ship, said Darwin was wrong. And the other half buried their heads in the sand.”
The article goes on and on, as he hit several other hot-button issues, but we won’t bother with those. When he was done, we’re told that he received “a long-standing ovation” from the Republican Leadership Conference. This is very creepy indeed.
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