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.
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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