Monday, December 27, 2004

When fundamentalists take over school boards...they go wild...

Hugh Hewitt's harrumphing about this WaPo article on that crazy town in Dover PA, is simply too much to pass up.

Of course, as notes the Post article:

Dover's modern politics are resolutely Republican -- President Bush polled 65 percent of the vote here -- and its cultural values are Christian, with an evangelical tinge. To drive its rolling back roads is to count dozens of churches, from Lutheran to United Church of Christ, Baptist, Pentecostal and Assemblies of God.

Many here speak of a personal relationship with Christ and of their antipathy to evolutionary theory (A Gallup poll found that 35 percent of Americans do not believe in evolution). Steve Farrell, a friendly man and owner of a landscaping business, talked of Darwin and God in the Giant shopping center parking lot.

"We are teaching our children a theory that most of us don't believe in." He shook his head. "I don't think God creates everything on a day-to-day basis, like the color of the sky. But I do believe that he created Adam and Eve -- instantly."

This is probably the real reason that people like Joe Carter and Hewitt have problems with the article: it's quite out front about the extreme wackiness of these people. (Anyone who's publicly associated with the Assembly of God cult deserves about as much respect as a Scientologist. They AoG still thinks that some non-Christian practices are "demonic" as any search of their own site will show. )

As has been well known by those of us following the extreme religious right in this country for decades now, they like to operate in stealth mode, as Ralph Reed famously said. Anything that shows what these people really stand for makes their public advocates try to change the subject, shout louder, anything to avoid the fact that the driving forces behind this movement are quite a few fries short of a happy meal.

It's funny, though Carter tries to attack the Post, but the reality is he is still at a loss to explain why "Intelligent" "Design" is a science.

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