Republican Mitt Romney, amid questions about his faith raised by rival Mike Huckabee, said Wednesday that comparing political records on the stump and through the airwaves is legitimate for presidential contenders, but “attacking someone’s religion is really going too far.”
First, I find it fascinating to watch two religious believers quibble over which of their superstitions is the right one. It’s a bit like a Star Trek nerd claiming the Borg are more powerful than the sith to his Star Wars counterpart. And truly believing it.
But fantasy and superstition aside, how can anyone rationally state that “attacking someone’s religion is going too far,” particularly when the “attacks” are really just fair criticism and inquiry. Huckabee’s superstitions preclude his accepting evolution, which is a fact of science not just a theory. He stated that he “doesn’t believe in evolution.” This is a true problem, since his understanding of science and his educational level is relevant to the job he is seeking to be elected to. Indeed, it may very well have been his utter ignorance in science that caused him to make a statement that patients of HIV/AIDS should be quarantined and segregated from society. His recent response to criticism of this statement is that he made the comment before the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS was actually understood and that there was confusion over how HIV was transmitted: “my concern was the uncertain risk to the general population — if we got it wrong, many people would die needlessly.”
Right. The vectors of HIV/AIDS have long been known and understood. They were understood well before his comments in 1992. And an education and understanding of science, at even a rudimentary level, would have given him that insight. But why should it be expected that someone who doesn’t believe in evolution should have that sort of education? The short answer is that we shouldn’t. But since the President of the United States would be expected to have informed opinions about topics such as stem cells, science education in schools, genetic manipulation, HIV/AIDS policy, etc.
And Romney! I only have one thing to say: magic underwear.
Okay, maybe I should say something else that occurs to me. Mormon doctrine states that the Garden of Eden was in Missouri. Either Mitt Romney believes this, and other nonsense beliefs of the Mormon cult, or he just claims he does. He’s either deluded or lying. Which condition better qualifies him for the Presidency? If we go by the current administration, it, of course, would be the latter.
By the way, there’s a call for a Scientific Debate in 2008 for Presidential candidates. Go to the link and check it out.