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Linda Harvey Likens Gay Acceptance among Youth to Believing the Sun Revolves the Earth
Mission America’s Linda Harvey yesterday attacked the College Republican National Committee for acknowledging that the GOP’s anti-gay stances were alienating young voters, who overwhelmingly support gay rights, and asking the party to “welcome healthy debate on the policy topic at hand.” She compared such a move to a science teacher instructing a class that there is a “healthy debate” as to whether the sun revolves around the earth because some “low-information students” think that’s how the solar system works.
While that is actually a great argument against teaching intelligent design and creationism in schools, Harvey said the situation would be like the GOP adjusting its rhetoric around abortion rights and gay equality in order to attract young voters.
Harvey even drew a parallel between same-sex marriage and racism: “Would a responsible party welcome a healthy debate on racism? Of course not.”
“Makes perfect sense until you remember that these young voters don’t know what they’re talking about,” Harvey continued. “Rather than pledge to educate the uninformed, the segment of these younger voters who are showing the effectiveness of propaganda but little wisdom; no, these researchers recommend the GOP back off of the truth.”
She accused the young Republicans of “ignoring all the evidence” about the supposed harms of homosexuality, which she said is “being packaged and sold to vulnerable children,” and catering to the “militant gay lobby.” Harvey even called for a third party based on Tea Party and religious values if the GOP turns into “the meaningless party.”
I couldn’t help but point out that of the several ptolomaicists out there, all the ones I know of are fundamentalist Christians, who take the authority of the Bible on the arrangement of the heavens to be more authoritative than reality. So “ignoring all the evidence” is indeed a curious choice of words on her part.
Incidentally, you can actually argue that all points of rotation are relative and arbitrary, and a perfectly valid system can be described in which the Universe revolves around the tip of your pencil, but unfortunately for the ptolomaicists this also implies that the Universe has no center, which is what really irks them. In the mind of a fundamentalists they must be the center of the Universe, because clearly they are the most important thing in it.
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