10 November 2005

Some new Dover follow-up

As I'm sure you'll recall, the (outgoing) Dover School Board swore up and down that they wanted to add a mention Intelligent Design to their science classes in the interests of science. The fact that someone died on a cross really had nothing to do with that decision. Religion had nothing to do with it. The fact that the people who wanted it were creationists was purely a coincidence.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the voters disagreed with that decision, and tossed every member of the board who was up for reelection out of office. Apparently, their decision to do this wasn't based on an opinion of bad science, but on a rejection of God. That's the view of Pat Robertson, anyway. The right wing "Christian" wingnut, whose most recent brush with notoriety came when he suggested that the US should assassinate the president of Venezuela, had this message of Christian love and tolerance for the voters of Dover:
“I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover. If there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city. And don’t wonder why He hasn’t helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I’m not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that’s the case, don’t ask for His help because he might not be there.”

A videoclip of Robertson's statement can be found via People for the American Way. PZ Myers, as usual, also has a take on this one. Frankly, I think his comparison of Robertson's twisted brand of Christianity with a Mafia extortion racket is a bit over the top. He really owes the mob an apology.

Once agan, Pat Robertson proves to be an embarassment to Christianity. I really don't know whether to laugh about this, or get mad. It's so over the top, it's just impossible to really believe.

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