By Rika Christensen | 2 January 2014
Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association, has such a hate-on for science that he said people who believe in evolution shouldn’t be allowed to hold public office. To be sure, he doesn’t believe in a law prohibiting evolutionists from holding office. He just wants the American people to simply reject them. He said:
“We don’t share ancestors with apes and baboons. In fact, I would suggest to you if a politician, if somebody wants to be, wants to exercise political power, and he is an evolutionist, he is disqualified from holding political office in the United States of America because he does not share the political worldview that established the United States of America, and made it the greatest nation in the history of the planet.” [SOURCE]
He went on to say that evolutionists do not believe that our rights come from God, and therefore they can’t be trusted to protect and uphold our rights.
A majority of Americans accept evolution as a fact.
The Pew Research Center recently came out with a poll on creation vs. evolution. Fischer’s segment discusses this poll, saying, “This isn’t a matter of theological belief.” Actually it is, and unfortunately for him, while Gallup found that somewhere around 77% of the population considers itself Christian; the Pew poll found that 60% of the people accept some type of evolution as a fact.
Fischer also talks about how the question of evolution never entered the founding fathers’ minds. To Fischer (and those who think like him) our founders were obviously Christians, because they use “created” and “Creator” in the Declaration of Independence, never use “evolution.”
Did the founding fathers even differentiate between evolution and creationism?
Of course they tended towards “creation.” Of course they wouldn’t have used the word “evolved” or discussed evolution in their writings. While the idea of species change was brought up more than once during the Enlightenment (of which the founders were a part), it was heavily criticized. It was even rejected outright. So why didn’t the founders mention evolution? Why didn’t they say we were “evolved” rather than “created?” Because the theory of evolution, how it works, was not around yet. Darwin’s book “On The Origin of Species” was not written for decades after the founding of our nation, and was not widely accepted until sometime in the early 20th century.
Our Constitution is supposed to protect us from the theocracy that Fischer and others would turn us into.
Fischer’s words are typical of the anti-science stance of the religious right. Since a majority of the country calls itself Christian, they feel biblical principles should therefore dictate lawmaking. There’s one problem with that, however. We may keep calling ourselves a democracy, but we’re not. The majority in a true democracy can be just as tyrannical as a despot king. We’re a republic. Republics have laws in place that keep the majority from voting on things that trample all over the minority. We have the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. So under law, a Christian majority cannot trample the rights of a religious or non-religious minority, no matter how small that minority is. It’s part of the Constitution they claim to love so much.
The 10th Amendment actually makes us a federal republic, but that’s beside the point. Look at what the religious right keeps trying to do with education. They clamor for teaching so-called “creation science” in schools, even though the Supreme Court, and several federal district and appeals courts, have struck that down numerous times. The courts have established that creationism furthers a religious agenda, and therefore violates the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment.
Of course, we can always count on Fischer to spew a whole lot of nonsense that appeals to the religious right. This is just another example of his M.O.
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