Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mark Souder's Resignation

Congressman Mark Souder has resigned. Souder was a large supporter of abstinence education and conservative values. The problem: he was also an adulterer. Souder resigned after it came to light that he had an affair with one of his staff members. The GOP does not need this sort of publicity.

Lost amidst all of the fallout of this, though is that he was also a tireless crusader for intelligent design. As The Sensuous Curmudgeon writes:
The competition for “Biggest Idiot in Congress” is ferocious. Every galaxy-class fool in the US seems to be there, fighting for the title. But Souder easily stands out from the rest as being especially idiotic. He won our Buffoon Award for saying: “I personally believe that there is no issue more important to our society than intelligent design.” See: Buffoon Award Winner — Mark Souder, Creationist Congressman. [color in original]
It is clear from reading his writings that he knew little about evolution but felt that it dovetailed nicely with his "conservative values."This is, unfortunately, common among GOP political figures. As far as his adultery is concerned, I tend to view that sort of thing very dimly and have never found apologies by chastened public figures convincing. He knew what he was doing. Like Bill Clinton and Tiger Woods, he wasn't sorry for what he did. He was sorry he got caught. Good riddance and bad rubbish.

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