This caught the attention of Sigmund, Carl and Alfred. Given that Charles has been such a prominent blogger on the right for some time, they commented on the change. They write:
You don’t have to believe in God to be a Republican. You don’t have to reject Darwin or dismiss global warming science to be a part of the GOP. What you have to be is open. What you are supposed to be is welcoming. The Right is supposed to be welcoming and fiercely defend the right of the individual to have their own beliefs, whatever they might be. Groupthink is supposed to be anathema to the Right!This is so smack on the money it is almost prescient. The anti-science wave of the current conservative movement will sink them. Whatever you might think of your average liberal's politics, they are, as a group, pretty dang well educated. They know that creationism is junk science and that Intelligent Design isn't science at all. And they will hammer this home until it makes the GOP bleed. And science is booming!
When did belief in God and Creationism become the litmus test of what it means to be a conservative or a Republican? In pandering to the religious right, the GOP has built a great wall they foolishly believe will isolate from the onslaught of progress.
Understanding of organ transplant and repair is now progressing by leaps and bounds with the help of evolutionary medicine. Understanding of how viruses respond to selection forces and how they affect populations differentially is possible with the understanding of evolutionary theory and the interaction of genetics and the environment. Quantum Mechanics allows us to understand the structure of basic particles and their role in the formation of the universe. The Large Hadron Collider works because of this understanding. New oil-discovering tools work because of our palaeontological and geological understanding of where the deposits of oil are which, in turn, is based on our understanding that the geological record is a picture of 3.5 billion years of life on the earth. Palaeoclimatic reconstructions of the earth have allowed us to understand how climate changes over time and how to recognize those changes before they happen. This understanding has led to the current debate on global warming and climate change.
creationism was taught in the public schools.
I am proudly a Christian, and proudly an evolutionist. How am I going to vote in the next general election? Who knows. Ask me in three years.
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