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Read of the Day: Neal Rauhauser, Brett Kimberlin, and a Right Wing Blueprint

How wingnuts abused positions of privilege to pursue political vendettas
Wingnuts • Views: 28,418

Here, my friends, is the fascinating tale of Neal Rauhauser, Brett Kimberlin, and a Right Wing Blueprint. With lots of details about some extremely sleazy and very real conspiracies to cause real harm to real people.

Starring Andrew Breitbart, and also featuring Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Patrick Frey (aka “Patterico”) and his occasional co-blogger Aaron Worthing (real name: Aaron Walker), with whom you may be familiar if you’re an LGF reader — since they once posted an enchanting wingnut fantasy about chopping off my head, disemboweling me, and eating my innards.

It’s Right Wing Anti-Science Craziness Day!

Religious right “expert:” Believing in climate change insults God
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One of the most bizarre rationalizations the right uses to justify denying the reality of climate change is the whacked out fantasy that humans can’t do anything to change the climate because God wouldn’t let it happen. There actually used to be some commenters at LGF who used this line, back in the day.

This audio clip from Right Wing Watch features religious fanatic Cal Beisner of the “Cornwall Alliance” appearing on the American Family Association’s radio show, explaining that if you believe the scientists who tell you climate change is a real, dangerous thing, you are “insulting God” and helping to bring about tyranny.

It’s so off the wall it almost seems funny, but they’re deadly serious about this — and it’s not just on fringe radio shows. There are people right now in Congress who believe this stuff.

Marco Rubio: Just Another Right Wing Creationist

The Republican Party’s ignorant war on science continues
Politics • Views: 29,024

Bravo to GQ for actually asking a real question about science in their interview of Marco Rubio, and making him state outright that he’s just another anti-science Republican: Marco Rubio Interview.

GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?

Marco Rubio: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.

This is pretty much the standard Republican line — ignorance. Admitting you believe in science over the Bible is political suicide for Republicans.

And please note that Rubio is in favor of teaching children to believe this nonsense.

Ever wonder why, after many years leading the world, America is now slipping way behind in science education? All you have to do is read the words of right wingers like Marco Rubio, who perpetuate a Bronze Age view of the universe, pretending it’s just as valid as rational scientific theory.

In the same interview, Rubio says his best friend in politics is … Jim DeMint. A Dominionist religious fundamentalist, and another young earth creationist. The right wing is mortgaging America’s future to these fanatics.

And an even more appalling footnote: Marco Rubio is a member of the Senate Science Committee.

UPDATE at 11/19/12 11:15:11 am

As we reported in 2009, Marco Rubio believes the theory of evolution is “destroying the family,” and compares it to communism: Karl Rove Endorses Creationist Florida Candidate Rubio.

Rubio, a Cuban-American, made a comparison to the strategy employed by the Communist Party in Cuba where schools encouraged children to turn in parents who criticized Fidel Castro.

“Of course, I’m not equating the evolution people with Fidel Castro,” he quickly added, while noting that undermining the family and the church were key means the Communist Party used to gain control in Cuba.

“In order to impose their totalitarian regime, they destroyed the family; they destroyed the faith links that existed in that society,” he said.

Although the evolution issue is “obviously” on a “much smaller scale,” both matters are related to the “fundamental question of who is in charge of the upbringing of children. Is it parents or is it the government? I believe it’s parents. And we should do nothing in government that undermines that relationship.

“And there are parents that passionately believe in this and they should be given the opportunity to teach that to their children without someone undoing it,” Rubio said.

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