Irish Creationist MP from County Kerry

It’s embarrassing that there are so many creationists in the US, so from time to time we like to point out that this country has no monopoly on such nonsense. Therefore, we present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Noah’s Ark story is a ‘fact’ that disproves climate change, says Irish MP, which appears in the Independent, located in London. They have a comments feature. The Independent was once a daily print newspaper, now it’s exclusively online. The bold font was added by us:

An Irish MP has claimed the Biblical story about Noah’s Ark supports his view that climate change is not being caused by humans because “God above is in charge of the weather”. Danny Healy-Rae, an independent, told music-and-politics magazine Hot Press said he was basing his views on “facts” and “history”.

Wikipedia has a brief write-up on Danny Healy-Rae, which says:

Danny Healy-Rae (born 1954) is an Irish independent politician. He is Teachta Dála [an Irish term that indicates “Member of Parliament”] for the Kerry constituency, elected at the 2016 general election. He is a son of Jackie Healy-Rae and brother of fellow constituency TD Michael Healy-Rae. Prior to entering national politics, he ran a pub in Kilgarvan and was involved in local politics in County Kerry.

He sounds like a good man. Okay, back to the Independent:

Climate scientists were getting “more vehement” about the issue, he claimed, because they were “getting a lot of finance”. Mr Healy-Rae … told a debate in the Irish parliament earlier this year that “God above is in charge of the weather and we here can’t do anything about it”.

Apparently there was some criticism. We’re told about his response:

And, following a backlash about his remarks, he told Hot Press: “Everyone is entitled to their view. I’m basing my views on facts. The facts are there and history proves it. We had the Ice Age. We had Noah’s Ark. We had all those stories. We’ve proof of the Famine in 1740, which was caused by two years of incessant rain. Those are facts. There were some centuries when the country was very hot and warm and then there were different centuries with so much rain and cold. So, those are facts.”

Can’t argue with facts! Let’s read on:

He added that while he was a practising Catholic he was “not a holy Joe”.

No, of course not! The Independent then tells us about another of Danny boy’s controversial opinions:

Mr Healy-Rae sparked international headlines in 2013 when he called for “drink-driving permits” to be issued by police to allow people to drink more than the legal alcohol limit in rural areas. He said because people could no longer drink in pubs then drive home, some were buying alcohol from supermarkets and drinking alone at home, leading to depression. He said he believed three of his regular customers had taken their own lives partly because of this.

Here’s one last excerpt:

He also spoke about being portrayed as an “eejjt from Kerry” by Irish newspapers. “The one thing those people miss when they are criticising us, they are also criticising and making little of [people] who voted for us,” he said.

No one wants to be called an “eejit.” The rest of the article is about the scientific evidence for climate change. We don’t need to tell you about that, so this is where we leave Independent — but we probably haven’t heard the last of Danny Healy-Rae.

Oh, wait! Wikipedia has a write-up on Danny boy’s brother, Michael Healy-Rae, who also represents County Kerry in the Irish Parliament. Among other things, we’re told:

His political platform includes opposition to tighter controls on drinking and driving. His father and brother have also expressed similar views on such legislation. In January 2012, Healy-Rae proposed changing Ireland’s number plate system so that the supposedly unlucky number 13 would be dropped for the year 2013 to “save” the Irish car industry.

So there you are, dear reader. It’s good to see that America has no monopoly on politicians with, shall we say, unusual views.

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24 responses to “Irish Creationist MP from County Kerry

  1. “We had the Ice Age. We had Noah’s Ark. We had all those stories. We’ve proof of the Famine in 1740, which was caused by two years of incessant rain.
    I don’t recall any biblical references to an Ice Age. And if the world were created by this deity in 4004 BCE, that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for an Ice Age, or maybe it was just one very cold winter. But his thinking is in step with Mr. Snowball, Senator Inhofe.

  2. michaelfugate

    Then again the famine of the 1840s was pretty much a human-caused event.

  3. “[Danny Boy] said he believed three of his regular customers had taken their own lives partly because of this.”

    I’m guessing he didn’t consider the possibility that they were suffering depression from being represented in Parliament by a cretinist.

  4. He also spoke about being portrayed as an “eejjt from Kerry” by Irish newspapers.

    One wonders why they should think to do that.

  5. He does not even know his own book o’BS! Noah was NOT a weather change but a psychotic gawd committing genocide. Also the rainbow indicates the world will not be destroyed by floods and climate change does not say it will flood the world. It say we are causing the change to occur too fast for some to adapt so they will die off. And this has happened before 4BILLION years ago and the polluters are mostly extinct!

  6. DavidK, the Ice Age took place around the Tower of Babel incident and lasted less than a century. Do I need to explain everything?

    (warning: that article is so stupid you may need a new desk, or a new head after reading)

  7. @Draken
    Wow, thanks for the reference. I am truly enlightened! How could I have missed this informative AIG explanation of the ice age.

  8. michaelfugate

    @Draken, a gem. The University of Sydney Geology Department must be so proud to have such an illustrious alumnus as Andrew Snelling.

  9. I’m a bit worried by the date on that fine piece of archaeological scholarship, Draken.

  10. Hahaha, hadn’t seen that. If this weren’t AiG I’d think they just took the mickey out of me.

    Unfortunately, this is Snelling so he’s serious.

  11. We Dutch have a creationist political party in parliament.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformed_Political_Party

    A selection from their website:

    http://sgp.digibron.nl/detail/uid/f7a209409fd53cbf605de23c71dc3ae9/7

    “Ben je alleen wetenschappelijk verantwoord bezig als je uitgaat van het geloof in de evolutie?”
    “Can you just be scientifically responsible if you assume the belief in evolution?”
    An SGP mayor.

    http://sgp.digibron.nl/detail/uid/e3424f137265a0796ba53fdc344bbeed/0

    “Waar bleef namelijk de ethiek in de discussie over schepping, evolutie en Intelligent Design?”
    “Why were morals neglected in the discussion about creation, evolution and ID?”

    http://sgp.digibron.nl/detail/uid/6bacb37b2cf7b8f983a5d406a7cfa7ad/1

    “In het gebied van de geologie grijpt het evolutie-dogma naar de macht.”
    “In the domain of geology the evolution-dogma grabs the power.”

    This last link is a review of a booklet called “Tyranny of evolutionism”.

  12. michaelfugate

    I don’t believe anyone at AiG has a sense of humor.

  13. Every day in April is April Fool’s Day at AiG.

  14. Sounds like God has zapped this guys brain

  15. @mnbo

    I’m getting Fatal Error messages from all your links save the Wikipedia one.

  16. Mr Healy-Rae sparked international headlines in 2013 when he called for “drink-driving permits” to be issued by police to allow people to drink more than the legal alcohol limit in rural areas. He said because people could no longer drink in pubs then drive home, some were buying alcohol from supermarkets and drinking alone at home, leading to depression. He said he believed three of his regular customers had taken their own lives partly because of this.

    Of course it couldn’t be that his customers were drinking alone because they were depressed rather than, as he would have it, the other way around.

  17. And it couldn’t be that they were depressed because their favorite watering hole was being run by a raving nutter and wasn’t pleasant to drink in anymore.

  18. Cnocspeireag

    There is a largely undeserved stereotype of those from Kerry that might disappear if people like Healy-Rae didn’t work at it. Cue the flight announcement ‘Your Aer Lingus flight is about to land at Kerry Airport. Passengers from London Stansted might like to reset their watches back by one hundred years’.
    btw, driving in a busy city environment needs a far higher level of skill and judgement that driving in a quiet rural area. What is so illogical in demanding a higher level of sobriety from urban motorists, please?

  19. You’d have to put up road signs everywhere: 80 km/h | 0.2‰ to indicate what’s allowed in every area. And as soon as you leave the rural 0.2‰ area for the city limits, you’d have to park your car and nap until you’re sober again.

  20. In other news, I’m sure folks will be pleased to hear that our old pal Prof Tertius has sufficiently recovered from his series of strokes to be back in the saddle again. I noticed yesterday he’d made a comment elsewhere (a superb putdown of a YEC who’d been behaving stupidly and boorishly all over the site concerned) and have since had a brief exchange with him through his Bible.and.Science.Forum blog.

    I’m fine with people knowing that I’m getting around online—as long as they don’t expect a lot of correspondence in response to their questions/requests. (I don’t handle much public Q&A any more. My days of 90wpm at the keyboard are probably gone forever.)

    I’ve appreciated the many kind messages. I got lots of very nice notes from my atheist and agnostic friends/acquaintances. (Of course, lots of theists wished me well also.) Only some of the angriest Young Earth Creationist messages wished me ill. A few anti-evolutionist YECs were ready and hopeful that I’d soon be arriving in hell for my just punishment. And they let me know it—with great relish! I think some of them hate me even more than they hate atheists. (Of course, I’m talking about some of the most virulent YEC activists/bloggers I encounter in online forums. Most of the rank-and-file Young Earth Creationists in America today are very nice people.)

  21. @realthog, that is great news!

  22. Three cheers for Prof. Tertius!
    Unus! Dous! Tertius! (Obviously, Latin was not my strongest subject. But it’s the thought that counts, right?)

    Anyway, as TomS just stated, that is good news!

  23. Is he really irish? He’s an MP. Which means he’s a representative from northern ireland, a british enclave in what is otherwise a free and independent nation, the Republic of Ireland. I’m saying he’s no irish.
    And if he’s no irish then who cares what he thinks?

  24. I for one am pleased to know that there are eejits in other places.