"Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun."
This has been on my mind because of the recent "discoveries" about fundamentalist ministers. Of course most of you have heard that Ted Haggard, fundamentalist firebrand, is apparently a gay drug-abuser. Not that I have a problem with homosexuality, mind you, and I'm at least reasonably forgiving of drug abuse, but this is a discovery about a man who has previously been rather negative about homosexuality. However, amusing as this scandal is, it isn't the limit of fundamentalist wackiness for the week.
Others among you may have heard the name Kent Hovind. For those who are unfamiliar, he is a creationsit who famously offered a $250,000 prize for anyone who can prove evolution correct. Leaving aside the obvious philosophical problems with such an endeavour, there are the small "catches" in his offer. Namely the offer itself:
I have a standing offer of $250,000 to anyone who can give any empirical evidence (scientific proof) for evolution.* My $250,000 offer demonstrates that the hypothesis of evolution is nothing more than a religious belief.
*NOTE: When I use the word evolution, I am not referring to the minor variations found in all of the various life forms (microevolution). I am referring to the general theory of evolution which believes these five major events took place without God:
1. Time, space, and matter came into existence by themselves.
2. Planets and stars formed from space dust.
3. Matter created life by itself.
4. Early life-forms learned to reproduce themselves.
5. Major changes occurred between these diverse life forms (i.e., fish changed to amphibians, amphibians changed to reptiles, and reptiles changed to birds or mammals).
The vast majority of scientists do not take Hovind's work very seriously or agree with his interpretation of the facts.
So, any individuals who are simultaneously experts in large-scale physics, quantum mechanics, microbiology, genetics, and geology, this is some easy money!
In any case, Hovind places the miraculous cherry on top of the amazing right-wing orgy of corruption and hypocrisy that we've been enjoying for about the past two years. And by this I mean that the prosecution of Hovind for tax evasion has finally concluded. The verdict, you ask? Oh... guilty.
Um... well... really, really fucking guilty.
So guilty that he and his wife are vulnerable to sentences in excess of two-hundred years of jail time for defrauding the government of almost a million dollars in tax revenue. This doesn't even include the $430,400 the Hovind's are being required to forfeit. So, yeah, the jury found the Hovinds to be quite guilty. And, of course, who can forget the recent discussion of religious childcare which shows that religious organizations aren't always what you'd call "ethical."
Now, I don't bring all this up just to laugh at fundamentalists, although that's always fun. No, rather, I bring this up in light of the Warbler's recent post and just want to say this to those on the religious right. You know, the "moral values" voters:
I think you've maybe been voting on the wrong side for the past six years. Maybe you think that other fundamentalists are "good" and maybe you think that liberals are "bad," but you have to look beyond these shallow labels to what people are doing.
Tomorrow vote your hopes, vote your dreams, vote your morals, vote your conscience...