As sure as my balls are resting on Debbie Schlussel's chin, I do enjoy a good conspiracy theory.
Oh, come on, Jimbo. At this point, it's pretty much the other way around. We can't even research Parkinson's with fertility-clinic discards because Dog-Beater Dobson has his panties in a wad at the very thought of it. I'm sure they'll have all those innocent blastocysts adopted out in no time; you can't find a more low-maintenance kid than a microbe that stays in its jar next to the Hummels 24/7.
You gotta be fucking kidding me. Is this asshole for real, or does he just watch Faux News between tag-team hits of oxy with Rush Limbaugh? I'm sure that'd make you say some giggly shit, but come on. Political opportunists? How about Rick Santorum, hyping everything from man-on-dog sex (on which I'm sure he's an authority) to how the Democrats are like nazis (because it's only wrong to polemically call Dear Leader a nazi; everyone else is fair game)? How about the political opportunists who hung on Terri Schiavo's family like a flock of comb-over vultures, sanctimoniously cawing at the rest of us pagans? Gay marriage? Evolution? A whole host of shit that doesn't matter to anyone's life, not one iota?
But the perfidious Demo-rats, and their minions in the Catholic laity, have the nerve to talk about the environment. Could it be remotely possible that that is an issue that affects Americans' actual lives, with autism rates skyrocketing, cancer running full-tilt, air and water being befouled whenever regulators turn their backs for a second?
If there is a God, and He really does love the likes of James Watt, then I'm walking into Hell through the front door. I mean it. If an eternity in Heaven means an eternity with the likes of Watt, Santorum, Cat-Killer Frist, the goofball creationism posse and the rest of the Horst Wessel gang, then fuck that shit. No thanks. How much fun could it possibly be?
Nicholas von Hoffman of the NY Observer lands a flurry of punches right in the collective breadbasket of these chumps.
There ya go; that's the current evangelical fervor in a nutshell. Making "heathens" run the gauntlet; pushing their faith on everyone else, whether they want it or not; and all sorts of weird hypocrisies about sex. Gee, I can't imagine why I gave up on church when I was ten years old. It's not the spirituality I have the problem with; it's the arbitrarily codified control mechanisms put in place by eminently corruptible and fallible humans, with which they exert unwarranted influence over other humans.
If you want to have a personal spiritual relationship with God, great; I'm actually a big believer in the more therapeutic aspects of that for many people. But the more humans and human institutions become "interpreters" and "messengers" of the divine message, the more the truth of that message gets either diluted by ignorance or polluted by political purposes.
But von Hoffman's final point is right -- 50 million Left Behind books ought to have sent us hedonistic sybarites a message. As we say in the 'hood, it's on, it's been brought, we've been served, and we better get our shit together before all our kids are forced to indoctrinate in this anti-empirical claptrap.
That Pravda gave a public pulpit to a professional dipshit/crybaby like James "Low" Watt tells you where they're at. The whole media; they seriously think that giving equal time to scientific nonsense -- or outright lies and superstition -- is some sort of factual ecumenicism, that they're presenting two equal sides to a story.
Well, no. The Grand Canyon was not created by the Noah's Ark flood; the great thing about the canyon is that all the strata are quite easy to access and test. No digging required. Adam & Eve, if they existed at all, did not co-exist with dinosaurs; anyone who tells you otherwise is pulling your leg, whether they know it or not.
Science not only proves these facts, it demonstrates how the proof was arrived at, so that later discoveries that change or obviate the methodology can be taken into account. This, as we also say in da 'hood, is useful; that is, it has practical utility. You can use it to improve on that discovery, or discover something else. You can use it to broaden your base of empirical knowledge, which is what scientists are supposed to do.
The Bible cannot be used for any of those things. This does not mean it's useless; as we've said many times before, many of the tales within can be used as simplistic renderings of everyday ethical and moral dilemmas. (Of course, there are also many repugnant episodes in the Bible, so guess what -- we use discretion to decide that we don't offer our child as bloody sacrifice, just because we think God is telling us to do so.)
The media has simply got to step and up and start making some of these distinctions. It would not be editorializing to report that no serious scientist makes any sort of argument for creationism (and that's really what "intelligent design" is; dressing up a cheap whore in new clothes just gives her a new wardrobe); reporting that would be called a "fact". It would even be "news".
So get your fake science back in church already, where it belongs, and let us hell-bound heathens get on with our lives already. Go handle your snakes and chatter in your tongues, and leave us alone. We don't all have to be just like you. We don't all have to believe in Your God. If we're wrong, then that's between us and Him, so stay the fuck out of it and mind your own business. Quit dragging what's left of this nation's scientific and technological greatness back to your stupid-ass Scopes trial. The rest of the world has accepted advances in knowledge and moved forward. That's why they call it progress.