Willful ignorance

I’m an easygoing sort, willing to let other believe what they choose.  Then I read something like this:


“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”


Okay, I think.  Just another ignorant cracker Bible thumper with an 8th grade education.  No big deal.

Then I notice that the speaker is a physician, graduate of the Medical College of Georgia.  Worse, in my mind, he’s a congressman–Paul Broun (R-GA).  Worse yet, he is a member of the House Committee on Science and Technology.  Worst, he the chairman of a subcommittee on investigations.  What can this close minded clown possibly investigate fairly or wisely?

Rep. Broun is an educated man, although the education apparently didn’t stick.  I don’t know what kind of medicine he practiced, but I wouldn’t trust  him to treat anything more than a hangnail, lest he declare it the “Will of God” and prescribe sackcloth and ashes as a cure, I will always prefer to go to Dr Amanda Brimhall.

Is this sort of no-nothing anti-intellectualism really the best the Georgia Republicans can come up with?  Do we want our country led by religious fanatics?  Shouldn’t we insist on some semblance of rationality in our congresspeople?  I find this scary.


One thought on “Willful ignorance

  1. Great post, Chris! I am impressed. If such politicians were rare, it would not be scary, but there are many, many of them, elected by people who can’t figure out where Obama was born. No wonder they can’t figure out who will do what if elected. Good job!


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