Why Republicans are Morons – part 2

Posted: December 28, 2012 in Christmas, Current Events
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Not content with merely waging war on women, Republicans are targeting another enemy of conservatism: education. It appears that the leading elements of the Republican Party truly believe that not only is ignorance bliss, but also blessed. In the class rooms they want  replace critical thinking and evidence base science with the mythology of the bible and “creation science”. In Tennessee this past cycle, a new statute encourages teachers to express skepticism toward,  “scientific subjects, including, but not limited to, biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, and global warming”.

They are still fighting the Scopes Trial and the civil War there and very sensitive to any science that would have blacks and white descending from the same root. Tennessee believes that the blacks were created that way to be slaves and used that justification to fight for god in the Civil War.

Slavery is not an institution that developed itself. Many people used the Bible as their justification of slavery. In the book of Genesis, chapter 9, Noah ‘s youngest son Ham saw the nakedness of his father and did not covered him. It was his brothers who covered him. Noah then cursed Ham to be a servant to his brothers forever, Genesis 9:25-26 “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers”. This is known to be the first act of slavery that people argue is sanctioned by God. Many interpret Ham’s curse as placed upon people of darker skin color, Africans more specifically. Some use the phrase “Mark of Canna.” The argument is that since Ham’s descendants were to be slaves forever and Africans were already slaves and inferior then they should remain in slavery. Visit http://www.religioustolerance.org/sla_bibl.htm to learn more about Ham’s curse and Biblical references to slavery.

Slaveholders justified the practice by citing the Bible,

They asked who could question the Word of God when it said, “slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling” (Ephesians 6:5), or “tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect” (Titus 2:9).

That is why the R’s push to have the Bible taught in schools.  They think it is better to hear it taught from “people of authority” rather than parents or religious people. In order to sustain Christianity, at least their type of it, you need people to not think critically or ask probing questions. More important you need people who can ignore science and accept the absurd as truth.

Faith becomes more important than truth and every question has a true or false answer. That is why they push for standardized testing that reinforces the idea that there is an answer to every question already. Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma likes to shout, “Global warming is a hoax”. He’s a US senator rolling in cash courtesy of oil and gas corporations. This somehow qualifies him to say that while 97% of climate scientists accept anthropogenic climate change, that “doesn’t mean anything”. His peer-reviewed journal of choice is the Bible: “Genesis 8:22: ‘as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night’. My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”

The republicans need stupid people to exist as a party and in America they are home to 49% of the voters.Image

Comments
  1. malachi says:

    Hello skintop. First, I spent some time looking at your photography page…. very nice work. I have also read your post on “why republicans are morons –part 2” and also went back to read part 1.
    It does not take a Rhode Scholar to figure out that our government is in bad trim. Not sure the republicans are any more worthy of the ‘tongue flailing’ than the democrats, but that was not my reason for chiming in.

    The fact that your post seems to belittle all of Christianity appears to be missing the mark. It is paramount to understand that sometimes the ‘church’ does not espouse the clear teaching of God’s word. In fact there is much in the ‘church’ that is nothing more than the religious flesh. To associate all of Christianity with the church is a dangerous assumption and been a common error since its inception.

    I realize that your opinion that Christianity is made up of “people with low analytical skills and suffer some form of paranoia” is nothing more than an opinion, and you are entitled to it. Speaking from experience, I think we both have had opinions in time past, that today we think a little differently. It’s like the ole adage, “we see things not as THEY are, but as WE are”, then one day something happens and we see things in a different light. It really has nothing to do with “evidence based science”, but that is not the reason I am responding.

    The object of my opposition is your public denouncement of Christian schools. The only institution that is in greater turmoil than our government (republican and democrat alike) is the public school systems all across America. Independent studies have shown that there is not only an academic advantage to students that graduate from private schools, but Christian schools move the mark to even a higher level. Christian institutions are known for high academic standards, a safe environment, and a disciplined student body. These are pretty good reasons people are choosing embrace additional tuition cost to send their children to private (Christian) schools.

    One other point of clarification is the issue of slavery. Anyone that uses the text in Ephesians to condone slavery has misused the scripture. That happens often, both in and out of the church, but to that point there is an element of slavery that is clearly defined in the scriptures. It is found in the Gospel of John and Jesus was talking to religious folk that went to church on a regular basis… Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.

    I have always found the following to be true… A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. So it is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool who has no heart for wisdom.

    Hope you have a good new year skintop!

    malachi

    • skintop says:

      I really hope to get time later to fully respond to your post. It is well thought out and makes some valid points. My favorite is that I write about facts as I see them and not as they necessarily are. To understand my view on Christians I did a posting about a years ago that is still relevant today. “What I Think of Christians.” https://skintop.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/587/

      Take a peak if you like and I will respond more fully later this week. I leave on the first to deal with family issues in DC.

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