The always-excellent Pharyngula has a great post on Idiot America.
I appreciated the article, and I do take the time to point out inanity and idiocy. I do not put up with it under the guise of being polite or anything else. In that, I suppose that I am intolerant. But to paraphrase Barry Goldwater, impoliteness in the defense of the truth is no vice.
My only criticism of the post is that Pharyngula does come close to attacking faith. As your earlier post on the Roman Catholic church's stand on evolution shows, not all people of faith are idiots. A strong belief in faith can coexist will with a strong belief in science - I am living proof of that. So, be careful not to paint with too broad a brush.
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I would say that PZ, the man behind Pharyngula, tends to be critical of people of faith because they are faithful. I often disagree with conclusions based on faith, but I try to be respectful of faith itself.
I might think I have all the answers, but I really don't.
The article was OK, except for this bit:
we've gone from Enlightenment America... to George W. Bush's Idiot America
America (and every other country) has always been mostly full of idiots. Yes, Dubya's no Jefferson, but the idea that the land teemed with Jeffersons and Franklins a couple of hundred years ago is nonsense.
On the other hand, attacks on faith don't bother me in the least.
One of my father's political heros was Adeli Stevenson and I have always loved the quote attributed to him: After a big speech in 1952 a man came up to him and said, "That was great, after hearing that you will have the vote of every thinking American." Stevenson replied, "That's not good enough, I need a majority."
Bush didn't invent anti-intellectualism, but he does trumpet it. And, as always, it's hard to claim the country was more enlightened 200 years ago, when only a select few enjoyed full rights as citizens.<< Home