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Sam Brownback Is an Idiot

Sam Brownback, Republican Presidential candidate extraordinaire, tries to explain why he wants to have his cake and eat it, too... Er, I mean, does and doesn't believe in evolution.

I mean, it all started out so well:

The scientific method, based on reason, seeks to discover truths about the nature of the created order and how it operates, whereas faith deals with spiritual truths.

I could live with that, but, it got all weird at the end:

Man was not an accident and reflects an image and likeness unique in the created order. Those aspects of evolutionary theory compatible with this truth are a welcome addition to human knowledge. Aspects of these theories that undermine this truth, however, should be firmly rejected as an atheistic theology posing as science.

That ain't how the scientific method works, Sam. Faith is one thing, but guesses at the answers ahead of time and rejecting the ones science gives you (and calling them names) ain't being reasonable. It's kinda the opposite of being a reasonable, scientific, rational person.

See also: I Believe In Evolution, Except For The Whole Triassic Period — yet another prescient article from the oracle of Onion.

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Joshua Jun 5, 2007

The editorial you speak of appears to be here; if that's it, it's identical to the one from the NYT linked above.

Outside of the somewhat obvious "but then, everything I believe in is a lie?" dissonance issues, in my experience, the fear of "chaos" amounts to a fear of anarchy. Keep in mind that the fundamentalist believes that, left to our own "natures", we revert to "evil": that you would kill your own mother if God's Law weren't there to tell you it was "wrong". It's a completely authority-driven structure — good (or charity or fairness or whatever) isn't just a rational response, it's "learned" from a book.

If Man doesn't "owe" God for creating him, it threatens God's strangle-hold on authority, and before you know it, we're all killing puppies.

Joshua Oct 19, 2007

Well, one way or another, we can all relax: Brownback's out. At least, he's expected to announce his departure from the campaign later on today (Friday).