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October 13, 2012

No Southern comfort from some in GOP

“Sometimes our right hand doesn’t know what our far-right hand is doing.”

— Ronald Reagan

Most politicians make a gaffe now and again, with Vice President Joe Biden providing more than his share, but what I find fascinating are the increasingly frequent, intellect-defying, science-ignoring statements from politicians with one thing in common.

They all seem to be Republicans running for office in Southern states.

In the interest of being as fair as possible, I did some research and found something ignorant said by a Democrat from a Southern state. Miriam A. “Ma” Ferguson served the good people of Texas as their governor in the 1920s and ‘30s, and is reputed to have said this during a dispute about bilingual education.

“If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it ought to be good enough for the children of Texas.”

OK, that out of the way, let’s review some of the recent babblings bubbling up from Dixie.

“I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old,”

That is according to a gentleman named Paul Broun.

The scary thing is that Mr. Broun is an educated man, a physician.

The scarier thng is that Mr. Broun is a member of Congress from the great state of Georgia.

The scariest thing is that Mr. Broun is a member of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Broun said this about his home planet. “I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says. All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, the Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell.”

Now, everyone is entitled to his or her own religious belief, and I suppose if you want to support a literal interpretation of Genesis, you have every right to do so.

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