These are the words of, in no particular order, a Christian, a halfwit, and a Florida state senator. Stephen Wise (and God sure does have a sense of irony when He hands out surnames, don’t He?), who represents the district that includes one of the fifteen most populous cities in the U.S., is apparently unaware that “have” and “obliterate” are not synonyms.
The issue itself is nothing new–Jesus-soaked politician agitates for end run around basic but (to many of the faithful) uncomfortable facts about the world and invokes variants of the usual backwater talking points: “Evolution is only a theory,” “Teach all sides,” and, of course, “I get a lot of hate mail so I must be doing something right.” But Wise’s use of a term he has heard but clearly misunderstands has me wondering how he would respond to the following statement:
“If you’re going to teach kids there was really a Jesus who rose from the dead, lives in your thoughts, and can save you, then you have to teach the other side so you can have critical thinking.”
Absolutely appropriate (inasmuch as the godless have any inclination to waste time trying to divest brainwashed people of their mythological ideas) and one hundred percent guaranteed to make goofball politicians like Stephen Wise balk.
Not surprisingly, Wise may not have been the dumbest person quoted in the article. Here’s what yet another Florida legislator, this one a state representative, had to say:
Hays said part of his beliefs come from his training as a dentist, which involved an extensive education in anatomy.
“How can anyone study the human body and deny that it was created by a higher power?” he said. “It is one magnificent collection of genius.
“It is not an accident that happened to come together.”
That’s right, the culmination of billions of years of adaptations–processes about which hypotheses were formed well before humans knew about DNA and have been resoundingly confirmed and demonstrated–is just too grand to consider, so let’s just declare “It’s no accident!” and be done with it. After all, what we’d expect in a godless world are organisms surviving and thriving despite the form and function of their organs, right? Hell, why don’t engineers build cars with the wheels on top?
How can this man’s patients trust him not to jam a dentist’s drill through their temples?