Sunday, February 18, 2007

Republicans: doing their best to live up to the stereotype of the fanatical dumbfuck

Not only are they attempting to deny Darwinian evolution, but now it turns out they are linking to websites that dispute the Copernican model of the solar system. Really. Here's Slacktivist:

Oh for the love of Ganymede, this can't be real:

"Indisputable evidence — long hidden but now available to everyone — demonstrates conclusively that so-called ‘secular evolution science’ is the Big-Bang 15-billion-year alternate ‘creation scenario’ of the Pharisee Religion,” reads the letter that went out under [Republican Georgia State House Rep. Ben] Bridges' name. “This scenario is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings in the mystic ‘holy book’ Kabbala dating back at least two millennia.” ...

The letter goes on to say directs readers to a Web site that says “the earth is not rotating … nor is it going around the sun.”

Originally, this letter was sent out by a Republican Georgia state legislator. Then theRepublican chair of the appropriations committee of the Texas House of Reps picked it up and started passing it around. The TPM article has the details. I must echo Slacktivist's comment:
OK. Wait. I'm going to need to process this some more. I'm going to have to, yet again, recalibrate what I think of as "over the top" caricatures of goofball illiterate literalist Republicans. If Josh's story is true, if this isn't a parody, then I'm not sure parody even remains a possibility.
Like others have said before, their reality has lapped our satire.


Blogger grishnash said...

I remember laughing at this Onion article when it came out. Except now that's exactly one of the things they're proposing. The site recommended in the memos not only wants to discount evolution, and heliocentricism, but naturalistic explanations of gravity as well. Yes, they literally want to teach Intelligent Falling. Or at least that God is actively sitting there and poking geosynchronous satellites around so they don't fall on our heads...

9:35 PM, February 18, 2007  
Anonymous Mad Latinist said...

Um, what you said, but also... EVOLUTION IS A JEWISH CONSPIRACY!!?!?!?!?!!

What ... the ... fuck!?

The combination of stupid and offensive has just blown my brain's capacity to respond to this. I'll just have to sit here gaping. Meanwhile, can someone else please be outraged in my place?

9:47 PM, February 18, 2007  
Blogger Zachary Drake said...

Yes, perhaps the post should be retitled: "Republicans: Doing their best to live up to the stereotype of the ANTI-SEMITIC fanatical dumbfuck"

It's amazing how much willful ignorance and bigotry can be packed into one letter.

Really, it's pretty hard to maintain a loving attitude towards humanity when it contains such specimens. The sad thing is the people who believe this crap probably have many good qualities. But my contempt for their stupid beliefs makes it hard for me not to write them off as hopeless.

12:38 AM, February 19, 2007  

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