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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Underpaid Genius • The Tea Party = The Flat Earth Society

Underpaid Genius • The Tea Party = The Flat Earth Society

Wow. This post from Stowe Boyd’s underpaidgenius blog is scary—in part, he quotes an article describing an interchange between a Senator and a Tea Partier:

John Broder, Global Warning Skepticism in Tea Party

“Climate change is real, and man is causing it,” Mr. Hill said, echoing most climate scientists. “That is indisputable. And we have to do something about it.”

A rain of boos showered Mr. Hill, including a hearty growl from Norman Dennison, a 50-year-old electrician and founder of the Corydon Tea Party.

“It’s a flat-out lie,” Mr. Dennison said in an interview after the debate, adding that he had based his view on the preaching of Rush Limbaugh and the teaching of Scripture. “I read my Bible,” Mr. Dennison said. “He made this earth for us to utilize.”

Boyd then describes his take on the TPers as cherry picking their platform to meet their political needs. I’ve been trying to work on other projects but I had to leave a comment.  Here’s what I said:

I’m having serious trouble keeping up with all the stuff worth blogging about—this is ridiculous!  And the TPers are ridiculous. You make a good point regarding the TP platform being a grab bag of denial—next thing you know they’ll be applying for tax-free status as a new religion! >_<

And if Ms. Khuri is upset about “money-control avenues” maybe she should make a bigger deal about the Fed since it’s their *mission statement* to control our money.

And is it me or do none of their Global Warming Denials actually deny GW is actually happening? Saying God gave us this world to do what we want with it doesn’t mean we’re not trashing it.  I’m an atheist, but what IF there is a God and He said the Earth is to do with as you please—what does the Bible say about dealing with rising sea levels?  And changing weather patterns?  Does it say in the Bible that God is a cosmic landlord in the sky who will fix our Central Air when it breaks down?

Whether GW and CC are man-made or not doesn’t matter to me. I just want to know what we can do to deal with the consequences.  If “God” has an answer or the answer, let’s hear it already.

Of course, if the answer is “have faith in God” my answer to that is: “My name isn’t Job, tell me what to do about NYC’s Broadway becoming a waterway.”

I know every generation thinks things are going to hell in a handbasket, but it DOES feel warm in here, doesn’t it?

There’s a bit more to his post and it’s worth reading so go check it out.

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