Oct 19, 2010
Something is amiss in American politics.
This Tuesday, Republican senate candidate Christine O'Donnel attacked her opponent, Chris Coons, for not supporting the teaching of religious creationism as fact in public schools in a debate. (Video after the break) Mr. Coons said that public schools could not teach intelligent design, a.k.a. creationism because it is “religious doctrine” rather than science.
Ms. O’Donnell likened Mr. Coons’s position on evolution to those of “our so-called leaders in Washington” who have rejected the “indispensible principles of our founding.”
When Mr. Coons interjected that “one of those indispensible principles is the separation of church and state,” Ms. O’Donnell demanded, “Where in the Constitution is separation of church and state?”
The audience exploded in laughter.
Mr. Coons began reciting the first amendment; "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof", prompting Ms. O’Donnell to exclaim, “That’s in the First Amendment?”
Here is someone who not only baselessly rejects the very foundation of biology, e.g. evolution, but also believes it is proper for tax payer's money to be used to teach disproven religious doctrine as fact in America's schools. Someone who not only lacks fundamental knowledge of the constitution, but also thinks that masturbation constitutes adultery and should be abolished. Someone that thinks that condoms are "just going to further the spread of AIDS" and who has "personally dabbled into witchcraft".
It would be funny if it weren't so terrifying. Terrifying because this person beat out nine-term U.S. Representative and former Delaware governor, Mike Castle in the primaries on September 14, 2010; thanks largely to endorsements and financial support garnered from the Tea Party movement. This person may very well be the next senator of Delaware.
A very vocal religious uprising is stirring in the ranks of American politics, and I don't think it would be too difficult to see how disatrous it would be if they were to gain high public offices.
Americans in general have, and have always had, an aversion to criticizing christianity. It's proponents have benefited from hiding behind a sheild of the taboo of religious scrutiny. The lack of public action (or even attention) against a plague pedophilic Catholic priest child molestors being the first example to come to mind. Perhapse it's time that policy changed. Perhapse it's time Americans start holding people's feet to the fire regarless of whether or not they are representing christianity. It seems our very constitutional rights may be depend on it.
Posted by Aristotle's Muse at 4:32 PM