August 21, 2011

Idiot of the Week: Rick Perry (Again)

Rick PerryIt is finally beginning to dawn on me that there is little point continuing to write Idiot of the Week posts between now and whenever Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are defeated in the Republican primary. These two are locked in a battle for the "honor," and it is hard to imagine anyone else being remotely competitive for the foreseeable future. Bachmann was a strong contender again this week with her insistence that the Soviet Union (which hasn't existed for roughly 20 years) poses a serious threat to the United States. She had Idiot recognition locked up until Perry said the following to a child at a rally in New Hampshire:
How old do I think the earth is? You know what? I don’t have any idea. I know it’s pretty old, so it goes back a long, long way. I’m not sure anybody actually knows completely and absolutely how long, how old the earth is. I hear your mom was asking about evolution. You know, it’s a theory that’s out there. It’s got some gaps in it, but in Texas we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools, because I figured you’re smart enough to figure out which one is right.
Perry doesn't have any idea how old the earth is but figures that this child is smart enough to figure it out. What does that say about him? And of course, creationism has not been legally taught in Texas schools since 1984.

As the boy's mother can be heard asking in the video below, why doesn't Rick Perry believe in science? It is a good question. In fact, it is a question that should be asked of most of the current Republican candidates (everyone except Huntsman it seems). The fact that the answer involves Perry's fundamentalist Christian beliefs should not make the question off limits.

H/T to Atheist Underworld

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